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Comedy Wildlife Photography Award Finalists For 2020 Have Been Announced - And They Are Hilarious

Comedy Wildlife Photography Award Finalists For 2020 Have Been Announced - And They Are Hilarious

Heads up, animal lovers: the Comedy Wildlife Photography Award finalists have been announced - and some of the entries have feely tickled our funny bone.

The competition, founded by photographers and conservationists Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, revealed the top 44 images on Friday.

Top entries include a seriously smiley fish, a forlorn bear giving an awkward wave, a grumpy sea turtle and a laughing seal.

Credit: Mark Fitzpatrick / CWPAs 2020
Credit: Mark Fitzpatrick / CWPAs 2020
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Credit: Ken Crossan / CWPAs 2020
Credit: Ken Crossan / CWPAs 2020

The Overall Winners will be announced on 22nd October, with entries judged by a panel of conservationists and wildlife photographers.

Until the winners are announced next month, here are some of our faves.

Credit: Wei Ping Peng / CWPAs 2020
Credit: Wei Ping Peng / CWPAs 2020
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Credit: CWP 2020 / Brigitte Alcalay Marcon
Credit: CWP 2020 / Brigitte Alcalay Marcon

This year, Paul and Tom are joining by a judging panel made up of wildlife TV presenter and writer Kate Humble, Photographer Simon Pollock, actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas, and co-founder of Amazing Internet Andrew Skirrow.

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Elsewhere on the panel are wildlife expert and co-founder of BFF Will Travers OBE, Managing Director of Affinity Ashley Hewson,The Telegraph's online travel editor Oliver Smit, conservationist Bella Lack and picture editor Celia Dunlop.

Credit: CWP 2020 / Arthur Telle Thiermann
Credit: CWP 2020 / Arthur Telle Thiermann
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Credit: CWP 2020 / Roland Kranitz
Credit: CWP 2020 / Roland Kranitz

Oh, and did we mentioned that the public can get involved too?

If you'd like to vote for the photographer you think is deserving of the People's Choice Award, you can do so here.

The winning entrant will scoop the prize of a one-week safari with Alex Walker's Serian in the Masai Mara, Kenya as well as a unique handmade trophy from the Art Garage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Credit: CWP 2020 / Max Teo
Credit: CWP 2020 / Max Teo
Credit: CWP 2020 / Krisztina Scheeff
Credit: CWP 2020 / Krisztina Scheeff

Comedy Wildlife Photography Award is supported by The Born Free Foundation, Affinity photo, Amazing Internet, Think Tank, Alex Walker's Serian, Spectrum Photo and Nikon.

The Category and Overall Winners of Comedy Wildlife Photography Award will be announced on 22nd October. Cast your vote for the People's Choice Award here.

Featured Image Credit: Erik Fisher / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

Topics: News, Funny, Wildlife, Animals

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.