A headless penguin, ‘shark’ moose, and flying horse among Comedy Wildlife Photography Award finalists

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have announced their 2022 finalists. After receiving thousands of entries from both professional and amateur photographers across the globe, the judges have whittled the list down to the 40 funniest photos.

This year’s entries include a variety of wildlife, including a winking red fox, a poetic brown bear, and a series of curious owls.

“With so much going on in the world, we could all use a bumper dose of fun and laughter, and this year’s finalists have definitely delivered that,” said Tom Sullam, one of the competition’s founders, in a statement. “When you see these amazing photographs, like the one of an elephant seal trying to use his neighbour’s head as a pillow (we’ve all been there) or a wallaby at sunset seemingly about to launch another wallaby into space, it makes you smile and wonder at the incredible animals that are on this earth with us.”

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards were founded in 2015 by Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks, both professional photographers. Their goal was to create a competition that focused on the lighter, more humorous side of photography, while promoting wildlife conservation. Part of the revenue from this year’s competition will be donated to the Whitley Fund for Nature, a UK-based charity that supports conservation leaders working in their home countries across the global south.

The competition’s overall winner, plus category and highly commended winners, will be announced on December 8. The top photographer will be awarded a one-week safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara. This year’s judges include comedian Russell Kane, underwater film aficionado Luke Inman, TV presenter Kate Humble, actor Hugh Dennis, wildlife photographers Daisy Gilardini, Will Burrard-Lucas, and Tim Laman, plus wildlife expert Will Travers, managing director of Serif, Ashley Hewson, picture editor Celina Dunlop, and conservationist Bella Lack.

Members of the public also have a chance to participate. You can cast your vote for the funniest photo through the competition’s Affinity Photo People’s Choice Award. By casting a vote, you’ll be entered into a free prize draw to win £500 ($767 CAD).

To find out more about the competition, visit its website at

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