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Here Are the Finalists for the Most Comedic Wildlife Photos of the Year
Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven

Creepy Smile

Either this moose is smiling from joy, or giving the photographer a creepy smile. Either way, this isn’t a moose we’d want to mess with. The title is “Shark Moose,” and was captured by Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven. If we were this photographer, we’re not sure we would’ve stayed long enough to even capture that photo. It’s creepy and makes us want to run the other way. The photograph is captioned, “is this bull moose smiling … or getting ready to attack!?” Let’s hope it’s not the latter, otherwise, the photographer would be in trouble (via Bored Panda).

Here Are the Finalists for the Most Comedic Wildlife Photos of the Year
Federica Vinci

Monkey Massage

This monkey massage looks completely relaxing, and we can all agree that this monkey needs to open up his massage parlor because he would easily have tons of customers. The other monkey looks blissed out, with no problems and nothing to worry about. The photo is titled “Monkey Wellness Centre” by Federica Vinci. The caption reads, “walking near a Cambodian temple where groups of wild monkeys lived, I came across this scene: a wild monkey in total relax, while its friend was taking care of it.” Honestly, more people need friends as this guy has. There’s nothing wrong with a little relaxation and downtime in between monkeying around (via Bored Panda).

Here Are the Finalists for the Most Comedic Wildlife Photos of the Year
Lee Zhengxing

Tongue-Tied Squirrel

This cute squirrel has a total lisp. The photographers encountered him when they climbed a mountain. They said, “when noticed our approaching, instead of escaping right away, he just kept standing on the edge of the cliff and overlooked into the distance, then turned around to stare at us as if we had interrupted his meditation. We left him with some biscuits for the inconvenience and I took a photo of him telling thanks, just found that he was a lisper.” At least this little guy got some biscuits out of it. He looks so tongue-tied and surprised, that he didn’t know what to say. The photo is rightfully titled, “Lisper Squirrel” by Lee Zhengxing (via Bored Panda).

Here Are the Finalists for the Most Comedic Wildlife Photos of the Year
Saverio Gatto

Scary Vultures

We can’t imagine coming anywhere near these guys. Their stance alone makes us want to sprint away, and fast. The photograph is titled “Maniacs” by Saverio Gatto. He said, “Lappet-faced Vultures in the display.” These wildlife photos are both hilarious and terrifying. At least these guys look like they’re posing for the photo and aren’t causing any harm. The photographer must’ve felt pretty lucky to get this close to these beautiful beings, even if that’s not something we’d want to do ourselves (via Bored Panda).

Here Are the Finalists for the Most Comedic Wildlife Photos of the Year
Paul Eijkemans

Sick Fish

This triggerfish is either sick with a virus or hungover. We’ve all been there, and too many times at that. This photo is titled “Barf” by Paul Eijkemans, and it’s one of the most hilarious wildlife photos on this list. We feel sorry for that triggerfish and wish there was something we could do to make him feel better. He’s probably having a rough morning, considering he barfed up his food. The photograph is captioned, “this picture of a Picasso Triggerfish was taken in Marsa Shagra, Egypt. The fish just vomited the coral residues that it picked up while nibbling on the coral.” Hopefully next time, he stays away from that coral and learns a valuable lesson (via Bored Panda).

Here Are the Finalists for the Most Comedic Wildlife Photos of the Year
Dave Shaffer

Farewell Bear

This bear looks like he’s giving the final act a very serious performance. As if he had a huge audience, he raised his hand and was about to bow. Luckily, the photographer captured this picture at the perfect moment, which is why it’s titled “Curtain Call II” by Dave Shaffer. This is one of the cutest wildlife photos on this list. We would’ve loved to see what happened just before this picture was taken. Apparently, “this little guy had a blast playing with a stick. I also had a very good time watching him.” Shaffer is a lucky guy to see something as spectacular as this (via Bored Panda).

Here Are the Finalists for the Most Comedic Wildlife Photos of the Year
Arturo Telle Thiemann

Smile!

We’re seeing another triggerfish, this time a pair. Their colored brilliant blue and have meaty lips. They look like they’re inspecting the camera and probably have no idea what’s going on, although if they could talk, they’re probably saying, “say cheese!” This is why the photograph is captioned “Say Cheeeese” by Arturo Telle Thiemann. He said, “a couple of triggerfish looking into the camera, captured at the Azores. Even though they may look funny, these fish can be quite aggressive. In this case, they didn’t attempt to bite me, but the dome port of my camera housing ended up with some scratches… life is hard… at least it wasn’t me who was hurt.” His camera took a beating, but at least it wasn’t him. Sometimes, it’s worth it to take these risks for an interesting capture such as this one (via Bored Panda).

Here Are the Finalists for the Most Comedic Wildlife Photos of the Year
Bojan Bencic

Walk And Talk

This swan was in a fight with another swan and chased him around the frozen lake. He must’ve stormed away angrily, as humans do after a fight. This is yet another one of those wildlife photos that make us laugh at how relatable it is to humans. The photograph is titled “Funny Walk” by Bojan Bencic. It’s hilarious that animals and humans adapt their stance after a fight as if they’re trying to prove something by storming off, angrily. If only we knew what the fight was about and why these swans were arguing (via Bored Panda).

Here Are the Finalists for the Most Comedic Wildlife Photos of the Year
Shuli Greenstein

Scurrying Owl

This owl was rushing away from something. Maybe he’s in a hurry and heading to the grocery store or post office before it closes. That’s not true, but it’s fun relating these animals in their candid wildlife photos to the ways humans live. This photograph is titled “Rushing Little Owl Fledgeling” by Shuli Greenstein. The caption reads, “I was told that I can find a lot of little owls in the Judean Lowlands in Israel. So, I went on a journey early in the morning, and really, I found a lot of little owls standing on the ground, on stones, near the nest, and tree branches. Suddenly, my eyes were caught by two fledglings that were playing with each other on the ground. One of them crossed my field of vision. I started taking pictures in sequence and this is what came out.” He looks like he’s an owl on a mission and isn’t messing around. We certainly wouldn’t want to get in the way of this little guy (via Bored Panda).

Here Are the Finalists for the Most Comedic Wildlife Photos of the Year
Alison Buttigieg

Prideful Lion

It looks like someone tried telling this lion to smile, and because she didn’t want to listen, she did the complete opposite. This photograph is titled, “What Do You Mean Smile?! I Am Smiling!” by Alison Buttigieg. It’s a beautiful capture, though, and shows the facial expression of this lion in the wild. The caption reads, “I spent a whole morning with this lion pride. One of the lionesses made some funny facial expressions after yawning, luckily for me she looked straight into the camera for a moment and I caught this fake smile.” (via Bored Panda).

Here Are the Finalists for the Most Comedic Wildlife Photos of the Year
Miroslav Srbtographed

Howdy!

This sand-covered raccoon is waving hello to his curious observers. He immediately stuck his hand up in a friendly salute to let them know he sees them and thanked them for the snack. Imagine if every animal gave us a hello like this. This photograph is titled, “Hello Everyone” by Miroslav Srbtographed. The picture is captioned, “raccoon on a Florida beach, where I fed him shrimps. Then he thanked me like that.” We imagine every animal in the world tries to say thank you, but most don’t manage to wave hello. This little guy showed us that animals are smarter than we think (via Bored Panda).

Here Are the Finalists for the Most Comedic Wildlife Photos of the Year
John Chaney

The Fighting Fish

This fish is certainly fighting back for every fish in the world that a bear ate in the past. The photograph is appropriately titled, “Fight Back” by John Chaney. It looks like this salmon is trying to dig its way into the bear’s ear and give him a taste of what he deserves. These wildlife photos show us that animals have awareness. We need to give them more credit. These guys know how to fight back. They captioned this photograph, “this salmon decides to punch the bear in the face rather than be lunch.” It’s always better to put up a fight than give up and lose. At least if the bear ate him, he knew he died trying. It’s always more admirable to put up a fight and make sure you’re trying your hardest than to just give up without even trying. This is true in the human world, and it looks like it’s true in the animal kingdom, too. We have a lot to learn from these animals, as they seem to have the right idea about life. Through these wildlife photos, we’re getting a glimpse into a world we previously knew nothing about (via Bored Panda).

Here Are the Finalists for the Most Comedic Wildlife Photos of the Year
Michael Eastwell

Swinging At Sunset

There’s nothing wrong with a sunset swing! These kangaroos know how to have fun and play with each other. It’s the best way to pass the time, and it’s always a good idea to let your inner child shine. This photograph is titled, “It’s All Kicking Off!” by Michael Eastwell. This is one of the funniest wildlife photos on this list since it portrays a scene that’s not what’s happening. It’s fun to imagine the scene either way and pretend these animals are playing around with each other. They captioned this photograph, “apart from its beauty, Cape Hillsborough is renowned for its resident kangaroos and wallabies. I visited the area for three consecutive sunrises, but it was on my final morning that I captured this beautiful spectacle, two wallabies playing/fighting on the beach as the sun burst through the surrounding clouds.” This is a sight we’d love to melt into. There’s nothing better than watching incredible sunsets and skies stained with beautiful colors (via Bored Panda).

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