For over a century, humans have been venturing into the wilderness to photograph the world’s animals. Organizations like the Royal Photographic Society and publications like National Geographic have sponsored this photography, all with the goal of documenting the majesty of nature.

But what about the not-so-majestic moments? Don’t they deserve recognition, too? Well, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards has done just that. And now, they’ve announced the finalists for the 2018 competition.

This is the fourth year of the contest, and they’ve received over 2,000 submissions from photographers around the world. According to co-founder Tom Sullum, 30% of the entries come from professionals, and 70% from amateurs. “The standard of imagery, in terms of quality of the photography, goes up and up every year”, co-founder , Sullum told Bored Panda. “The humor remains as brilliant each year, with new animals that we haven’t seen represented before being featured.”

But the Awards have another mission besides documenting humorous moments in nature–they also promote wildlife conservation. The organizers use the event to promote Born Free, a UK-based nonprofit that advocates for the wellbeing of wildlife. There’s also a book of past winners available here.

The winners of the 2018 contest will be judged by a panel and announced November 15th, but in the meantime you can vote for the Affinity People’s Choice Award right here. But before you do that, scroll down and see some of the 41 finalists in all their awkward glory.


1. “Where’s the Tylenol?”

Photo Credit: Maureen Toft

2. The bear that thinks he’s an ostrich.

Photo Credit: Patty Bauchman

3. Monkey Fu

Photo Credit: Sergey Savvi

4. Hug it out, bro.

Photo Credit: Sergey Savvi

5. Minty fresh.

Photo Credit: Jackie Downey

6. That feeling when you accidentally hit Reply All on an email.

Photo Credits: Antonio Medina

7. “Can’t make us go to bed if she can’t find us.”

Photo Credit: Valtteri Mulkahainen

8. You’re not fooling anybody, rhino.

Photo Credit: Kallol Mukherjee

9. Yaaaaaaawn.

Photo Credit: Amy Kennedy

10. Next time, try taking a Polaroid.

Photo Credit: Rosie Galitz

11. Antarctica has some pretty nasty turf wars.

Photo Credit: Amy Kennedy

12. “This fight would be a lot easier if we used our antlers.”

Photo Credit: Bartek Olszewski

13. “Whoa! Everybody be cool!”

Photo Credit: Mary McGowan

14. Meet Smokey the Bear’s less famous cousin, Drivey.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Irish

15. Hey, whatever happens between two or more consenting hippos is their business.

Photo Credit: Michael Lane


h/t: Bored Panda