Anyone who’s ever tried wildlife photography knows that it can be a challenging but ultimately rewarding pursuit. Whether you’re tracking your quarry through dense forest or waiting patiently for the perfect moment to capture an elusive animal in its natural habitat, the thrill of the hunt is always present. However, anyone can become a successful wildlife photographer with the right skills and knowledge.

But wildlife can be so funny sometimes! The Comedy Wildlife Photography Award is a competition that gathers the best (well, most hilarious) wildlife pictures by phenomenal photographers who just happen to take perfect shots of animals doing weird things. These hilarious photographs prove that animals can make us laugh just as much as they can scare us. From a mouse surprising an Eagle to Kangaroos dancing together, these creatures will surely put a smile on your face.

So the next time you’re feeling down, look through this funny wildlife photo gallery and get ready to laugh out loud!

1. Sweet-Lips Are For Kissing By Philipp Stahr

Image: Philipp Stahr

“This picture was taken at Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean. Usually, box fishes are difficult to take pictures of, since they do not have a problem with a diver coming close, but if you show interest, they always turn their back and do not face you. That’s why I tried to swim 0.5m above the fish and showed no interest at all in him. At the same time, I had my camera not in front of me, but below at my chest pointing to the bottom. When the right moment had come, I turned the camera 90 degrees to the front and just point and shoot, hoping to have the fish in focus. Never expected to have its beautiful lips that close!”

2. Missed By Lea Scaddan

Image: Lea Scaddan

“Two Western Grey Kangaroos were fighting, and one missed kicking him in the stomach.”

3. Cranky Hippo By Rohin Bakshi

Image: Rohin Bakshi

“The baby hippo wanted his mother’s attention, but it seems he wasn’t getting any…”

4. Houston We’ve Had A Problem By Txema Garcia Laseca

Image: Txema Garcia Laseca

“This fish is astonished when trapped by a fisher bird.”

5. Bald Eagle Gets A Surprise By Arthur Trevino

Image: Arthur Trevino

“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!”

6. Quarantine Life By Kevin Biskaborn

Image: Kevin Biskaborn

“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, the 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 exact 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!”

7. ROFL By Giovanni Querzani

Image: Giovanni Querzani

“A young lion in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, who is laughing at my photography skills.”

8. Monday Morning Mood By Andrew Mayes

Image: Andrew Mayes

“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 :)”

9. Yoga Bittern By KT Wong

Image: KT WONG

“A Yellow Bittern was trying very hard to get into a comfortable hunting position. I got this shot when it was between 2 stalks of a lotus flower.”

10. Yay – It’s Friday! By Lucy Beveridge

Image: Lucy Beveridge

“A young springbok, all ears and spindly legs caught in midair while pronking as the sun started to rise over the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. There’s not much information on why the Springbok pronk but some theories suggest it is a way of showing fitness and strength to ward off predators and attract mates. It has also been said that this small, dainty and largely unappreciated antelope also pronks out of excitement, jumping for joy!”

11. Happy By Tom Svensson

Image: Tom Svensson

“These penguins were surfing on the waves onto land and looked so happy each time”

These photos will make you chuckle and remind you that even animals can be hilariously funny. We hope you enjoy these amusing snaps as much as we did! Don’t forget to mention which one was your favorite.

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