Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 finalists revealed

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The finalists of this year's Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced, each one showing the power of anthropomorphism.

Image source, Arthur Telle Thiemann
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Smiley, by Arthur Telle Thiemann. A Sparisoma cretense in El Hierro, Canary Islands

A fish that appears to smile, a bear giving a friendly wave from afar and a very grumpy sea turtle - this year's finalists show animals in relatable comedy moments.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards were founded by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, both professional photographers and passionate conservationists.

In addition to providing some light-hearted relief, the competition aims to highlight the extremely important message of wildlife conservation in an engaging and positive way, working with competition partner The Born Free Foundation.

The winners will be announced at an online awards ceremony on 22 October.

In the meantime, here are a few finalists' entries that might give you a chortle.

Image source, Brigitte Alcalay Marcon
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Crashing into the picture, by Brigitte Alcalay Marcon. Giraffes in Etosha National Park, Namibia
Image source, Eric Fisher
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Hi Y'all, by Eric Fisher. A brown bear in Alaska
Image source, Daniele D'Ermo
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Tern tuning its wings, by Daniele D'Ermo, Florida
Image source, Mark Fitzpatrick
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Terry the Turtle flipping the bird, by Mark Fitzpatrick, Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia
Image source, Petr Sochman
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Social distance please, by Petr Sochman. Rose-ringed parakeets in Kaudulla national park, Sri Lanka
Image source, Marcus Westberg
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Boredom, by Marcus Westberg. A mountain gorilla in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda
Image source, Yarin Klein
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We all have that friend, by Yarin Klein. Brown bears at Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Russia
Image source, Ayala Fishaimer
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Tough Negotiations, by Ayala Fishaimer. A fox and a rodent in Israel
Image source, Christina Holfelder
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I could puke, by Christina Holfelder. Gentoo penguins in the Falkland Islands
Image source, Martin Grace
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Socially Uninhibited, by Martin Grace. A chacma baboon near River Chobe, Botswana
Image source, Asaf Sereth
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Surprise Smiles, by Asaf Sereth. Dwarf mongoose at Lake Bogoria, Kenya
Image source, Gail Bisson
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Covid Hair, by Gail Bisson. A Reddish egret in Fort Desoto, Florida
Image source, Ken Crossan
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Having a Laugh, by Ken Crossan. A common seal in Caithness, Scotland
Image source, Sally Lloyd Jones
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It's a Mocking Bird, by Sally Lloyd Jones. A kingfisher in Kirkcudbright, Scotland
Image source, Wei Ping Peng
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So hot, by Wei Ping Peng. A snow monkey in Japan
Image source, Vicki Jauron
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Abracadabra, by Vicki Jauron. Brown pelicans in Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Image source, Femke-van-Willigen
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The inside joke, by Femke-van-Willigen. A Eurasian red squirrel in Espelo, the Netherlands
Image source, Charlie Davidson
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Almost time to get up, by Charlie Davidson. A raccoon in Newport News, Virginia
Image source, Thomas Vijayan
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Fun For All Ages, by Thomas Vijayan. Langurs in Kabini, India

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