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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