A bear having a bad day, an alarmed squirrel and a moose hiding feature in Wildlife Comedy…

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards finalists are as glorious as ever

David Bear-ley: A polar bear looks through a camera lens to size up the best angle for a shot in a snowy backdrop 

There’s really no need to intellectualise this. Animals are great. When they make certain faces or get caught in certain poses, it’s a delight. So take a pause, let your stresses fade into the background, and give into the pure joy of the finalists from this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards were founded by Tanzania-based wildlife photographers Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks.

The competition works alongside the Born Free Foundation to highlight a more serious matter – the importance of conserving our planet’s beautiful wildlife. 

I can't watch: A grizzly bear having a bad day face palms
I can’t watch: A grizzly bear having a bad day face palms
Where are my shades: A polar bear that badly needs sunglasses shades itself from the sun
Where are my shades: A polar bear that badly needs sunglasses shades itself from the sun
Sparring: A pair of deer square up to each other and fight in what looks like a boxing match
Sparring: A pair of deer square up to each other and fight in what looks like a boxing match
Warning: A grizzly bear holds onto a sign warning cars to stop for buses near the Teklanika River in the US state of Alaska
Warning: A grizzly bear holds onto a sign warning cars to stop for buses near the Teklanika River in the US state of Alaska
Acrobatics: A red squirrel does the splits on two flowers
Acrobatics: A red squirrel does the splits on two flowers
Hot air: An elephant seal with a hot breath as a group of penguins stand around in the background
Hot air: An elephant seal with a hot breath as a group of penguins stand around in the background
Grappling: Two polar bears appear to dance in the snow
Grappling: Two polar bears appear to dance in the snow
Cheeky: A hippopotamus bites the rear of another as a fellow hippo also goes in to investigate by the banks of a muddy river
Cheeky: A hippopotamus bites the rear of another as a fellow hippo also goes in to investigate by the banks of a muddy river
Passionate: Two hugging komodo dragons appear to be locked in an embrace in an Indonesian island
Passionate: Two hugging komodo dragons appear to be locked in an embrace in an Indonesian island
David Bear-ley: A polar bear looks through a camera lens to size up the best angle for a shot in a snowy backdrop 
David Bear-ley: A polar bear looks through a camera lens to size up the best angle for a shot in a snowy backdrop
Let me take a selfie: A self-conscious blue shark smiles to the camera to strike the perfect pose in the deep blue sea
Let me take a selfie: A self-conscious blue shark smiles to the camera to strike the perfect pose in the deep blue sea
Kiss and tell: Two mudskippers - or amphibious fish - show their affection by appearing to have a smooch by the side of a river
Kiss and tell: Two mudskippers – or amphibious fish – show their affection by appearing to have a smooch by the side of a river
Oops: A naughty sifaka lemur with its hand over its mouth as it sits on a tree in a forest
Oops: A naughty sifaka lemur with its hand over its mouth as it sits on a tree in a forest
Waltzing: Two grizzly bear cubs appear to dance as they shimmy across the sand
Waltzing: Two grizzly bear cubs appear to dance as they shimmy across the sand
You can't see me: A bashful kingfisher hides its head in its wings as it rests on a tree branch
You can’t see me: A bashful kingfisher hides its head in its wings as it rests on a tree branch
Take that: Two gibbons fight, as one jumps through the air to kick his opponent in the face in what appears to be a karate move
Take that: Two gibbons fight, as one jumps through the air to kick his opponent in the face in what appears to be a karate move
Squaring up: A sea lion is ganged-up on by a group of king penguins during a standoff by the sea
Squaring up: A sea lion is ganged-up on by a group of king penguins during a standoff by the sea
Burried his head: A grizzly bear does its best ostrich impression with its head stuck in the snow
Burried his head: A grizzly bear does its best ostrich impression with its head stuck in the snow
It's this way: A penguin points with its wings to a friend as they try to figure out the right way to the sea
It’s this way: A penguin points with its wings to a friend as they try to figure out the right way to the sea
Hide and seek: A female moose peers from behind a tree in a snowy forest
Hide and seek: A female moose peers from behind a tree in a snowy forest
Goldie hooks: Three bear cubs climb a tree in what appears to be a race while their mother inspects the ground of the forest floor
Goldie hooks: Three bear cubs climb a tree in what appears to be a race while their mother inspects the ground of the forest floor
Animal hybrid: A hyena appears to have wings as a bird stretches out behind it
Animal hybrid: A hyena appears to have wings as a bird stretches out behind it
Hold on: A very alarmed squirrel with its arms extended
Hold on: A very alarmed squirrel with its arms extended
Tired: An owl yawns while its friend looks on with steely-eyed determination
Tired: An owl yawns while its friend looks on with steely-eyed determination
Peacocking: A rhino appears to have a peacock's tail as it wonders towards a confused bird
Peacocking: A rhino appears to have a peacock’s tail as it wonders towards a confused bird
Gurning: A cheeky moose makes an unusual face and gurns at the camera
Gurning: A cheeky moose makes an unusual face and gurns at the camera

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Crimson Tazvinzwa

GRADUATE STUDENT: MASTERS OF LAWS, DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY, http://dmu.ac.uk/ SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & LAWS, LEICESTER.

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