25 Of The Most Hilarious Pics From The 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are back! Presently in its seventh year, the yearly competition has again hunted out 2021’s funniest animal images. Entries were being accepted until June 30th, and as seen, the now-released ones, categorized as top entries, include a bold prairie dog who scared a bald eagle, a grump starling whose facial expression is a whole mood, and even a young lion who appeared to be rolling on the ground with laughter.

This year, the competition supports Save Wild Orangutans, which safeguards wild orangutans in and around Gunung Palung National Park in Borneo. It will be donating 10% of its total net revenue to the charity. Despite being the 2nd year of COVID and with less travel, the contest still had over 700 entries but had more bird entries than ever before, including all sorts of species. Our compilation (below) is undeniably spectacular, so we invite you to scroll through and upvote your favorite. Enjoy!

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Monday Morning Mood.

Andrew Mayes / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“I took this shot while photographing a group of Pied starlings perched in a tree at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve in South Africa. It perfectly sums up my mood on most Monday mornings.”

Majestic And Graceful Bald Eagle.

David Eppley / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“Bald Eagles will use the same nest for years, even decades, adding new material to it at the beginning and throughout the nesting season. Normally, they are highly skilled at snapping branches off of trees while in flight. Possibly tired from working nonstop all morning on a new nest, this particular Bald Eagle wasn't showing its best form. Yes, sometimes they miss. Although this looks painful, and it might very well be, the eagle recovers with just a few sweeping wing strokes and chooses to rest a bit before making another lumber run.”

Draw Me Like One Of Your French Bears.

Wenona Suydam / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“This young Kodiak Brown Bear sauntered down the riverbed and stopped across from me. She proceeded to start making herself a bear bed pulling back the sand with her gigantic claws. Once she had her bed just how she wanted it, she laid down, rolled over on her back, and started smiling and me! And she didn't stop smiling! I would have to say she was the most provocative bear I had ever seen!”

Dancing Away To Glory.

Sarosh Lodhi / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“A young langur sways its body to give an impression that it's dancing.”

We’re Too Sexy For This Beach.

Joshua Galicki / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“I was lying on the beach during a stretch of fair weather at Volunteer Point in East Falkland, just waiting to capture a Gentoo Penguin jumping out of the surf to land on the beach. To my delight, a trio emerged from the water and walked straight in my direction. I really enjoyed photographing this moment as it seems to capture some sassy personality displayed by these individuals.”

The Butt Dunk/The Face Plant/The Shake Off/The Final Scratch.

Vicki Jauron / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“An elephant expresses his joy in taking a mud bath against the dead trees on the shores of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe on a hot afternoon.”

The Green Stylist.

Gurumoorthy K / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

Foot Jam.

Brook Burling / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“There is a great big pine tree with a small to a medium-sized hole in it near my house where a young raccoon has called this home for the past year. Well, this year, it appears that the little raccoon has outgrown its tiny home as it barely fits!”

Before And After Coffee.

Nat Tan / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“Baby Great Horned Owl shows a human-like reaction as one wakes up before coffee and after having a cup. I was avidly watching the two cute owlets in the nest, hoping it would wake up and move. It took a pretty long time, as both babies were too sleepy and were nuzzling each other, sleeping with mouths open. When one finally started to stir, this is what I saw. It is too precious, half opening both eyes, opening one and finally, both eyes looking like it was startled.”

Operatic Warm UPS.

Lea Scaddan / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“The kangaroo looked like he was singing 'the hills are alive, with the sound of music in the field.”

See Who Jumps High.

Chu han lin / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

Did I Say You Could Take My Picture?

Patrick Dirlam / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“I followed this Ruby-Crowned Kinglet for about 15 minutes as it hopped from one branch to another in fast succession. I think it knew I was following it because, all of a sudden, it just stopped and stared at me for all of about 3 seconds!”

Time For School.

Chee Kee Teo / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“A smooth-coated otter "bit" its baby otter to bring it back to and fro for swimming lesson.”

Ninja Prairie Dog!

Arthur Trevino / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“When this Bald Eagle missed on its attempt to grab this prairie dog, the prairie dog jumped towards the eagle and startled it long enough to escape to a nearby burrow. A real David vs. Goliath story!”

Mr. Giggles.

Martina Novotna / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“Grey seal pup appears to be giggling. I loved the expression captured. It looks so human-like. I was lying on a rocky beach for hours, as motionlessly as possible, patiently waiting for seal life to unfold around me. This seal pup came onto the shore for a bit of rest and ended up sleeping on its chosen rock for hours before the incoming tide forced it to move more inland. Occasionally, it would stretch and yawn, and it was one of the yawns that led to this expression, looking as if the seal was giggling.”

Quarantine Life.

Kevin Biskaborn / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“Isolated inside with your family eager to get out and explore the world? These eastern raccoon kits are too. Just when you think there's no more room in the tree hollow, mother raccoon appears and displays just how compact the space is. The babies clambered all over their mom and each another, struggling to take a look at the same time. This photo was taken in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. After exploring a particular area with numerous tree hallows, I identified it as a hot spot for raccoon families. Since raccoons will move from den to den, often not spending more than one night at a time in a particular den, locating an area with numerous options is key to locating the animals. I stumbled across this family and immediately worked on leveling the camera with the hole to prevent an upward angle. When the camera and tripod were ready, the baby raccoons were extremely curious (and cooperative), sticking their heads out for a closer look!”

Laughing Snake.

Aditya Kshirsagar / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“Vine snakes are very commonly seen snakes in western ghats of India. When approached, they show aggression by opening their mouth wide open. Nothing to scare of this beautiful harmless Vine snake. I was happy to find it and smiling, and It looks like he was smiling back at me.”

Let’s Dance.

Andy Parkinson / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“Two Kamchatka bear cubs square up for a celebratory play fight having successfully navigated a raging torrent (small stream!).”


Roland Kranitz / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“I spent my days in my usual "gopher place," and yet again, these funny little animals haven't belied their true nature.”


Ken Jensen / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“A golden silk monkey in Yunnan China - this is actually a show of aggression; however, in the position that the monkey is in, it looks quite painful!”

I Guess Summer’s Over.

John Speirs / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“I was taking pics of pigeons in flight when this leaf landed on bird's face.”


Charlie Page / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“I was photographing a group of goslings for a while when one broke away from the pack. It hid behind the leg of a bench for a few seconds before poking its little head out to say hello.”

Don’t Worry. Be Happy!

Axel Bocker / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“A Dragonfly early in the morning on a flower looks into my camera, and it seems as if it is laughing. The year 2020/2021 was very hard for everybody because of Corona. But when you go outside and watch carefully the Beauty of our nature, then problems seem to get less for me. So if I have a bad day, this image makes me give a smile back.”


Aditya Kshirsagar / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“Males of these species of lizard chooses higher elevations to monitor their territory and display. Caught this particular male roosting on the twing of the bush during high heat summer.”

How Do You Get That Damn Window Open?

Nicolas de VAULX / Comedy wildlife photo -Via

“This raccoon spends his time trying to get into houses out of curiosity and perhaps also to steal food.”