These are the finalists of the 2022 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

I learned today that there is a contest called the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, which selects the funniest animal photos submitted by professional and amateur photographers each year. The gallery of finalists includes some true gems, like a bear getting hit in the face by a fish, a zebra falling over, and a waving penguin.

The competition is for a good cause — every year, it supports a conservation organization, and this year, it’s working with the Whitley Fund for Nature, a charity in the United Kingdom.

It also seems like great fodder for memes. But I am only medium funny, so I’ll leave it to others to come up with some better ideas than I possibly could. These are some of my personal favorites from the finalists! I hope that you are inspired or at least manage to make your boss giggle at an inappropriate time in a Zoom meeting, like I did when I sent these to her earlier today.

One monkey lies in the dirt while another monkey pokes its chest.

I am obsessed with the one single little monkey finger resting on the fallen monkey’s chest.
Image: Federica Vinci / Comedy Wildlife 2022

Close-up of fish with large lips against a blue background.

This reminds me of those TikToks of what men in college look like when they lean in to kiss you.
Image: Arturo Telle Thiemann / Comedy Wildlife 2022

A salmon flies into the side of a bear’s face.

The bear just looks so surprised. I’m in awe.
Image: John Chaney / Comedy Wildlife 2022

A seal smooshing its face into another seal.

Head empty just boop.
Image: Andrew Peacock / Comedy Wildlife 2022

A bear cub peeks out from behind a tree with an outstretched arm.

This bear is standing more elegantly than I ever could.
Image: Dave Shaffer / Comedy Wildlife 2022

A zebra falls over.

This is really relatable.
Image: Vince Burton / Comedy Wildlife 2022

You can see the rest of the finalists in a gallery here. The contest also has a People’s Choice Award, with voting open until November 27th. Winners will be announced on December 8th.

Previous post Why Branson, Mo.’s entertainment scene is so popular
Next post A Taxonomy of British TV Detective Coats