13 September 2020 08:44

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Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards: Our Favourite Finalists from This Year's Competition (PHOTOS)

The International Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards competition, which rewards the funniest snapshots of the animal world, presented the 44 finalist photos from this year's edition. A fox that seems to be in negotiations with a pensive mouse, gorilla and tiger, fish, mongooses and smiling giraffes are some of the selected images. The contest was created in 2015 by professional photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam and aims to highlight the importance of wildlife conservation. (CNN) — A colorful Mediterranean parrotfish "smiles" at the camera, a raccoon's hind legs and tail poke out of a tree and a young seal appears to be having a great time while resting on some wood. These are three of the 44 hilarious photos from around the globe that have been announced as the finalists in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 Charlie Davidson/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020 Ken Crossan/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020 Mike Lessel/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 Yevhen Samuchenko/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 Krisztina Scheeff/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 A Royal Bengal tiger plays "peekaboo" in Ranthambhor National Park, India.

Jagdeep Rajput/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 From a rude turtle to a photobombing giraffe, singing squirrel and a smiling fish which wouldn't look out of place in an animated kids' movie - these are world's most adorable animals captured making some very funny poses. The animals were pictured by photographers competing in the sixth annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, which saw thousands of pictures entered, taken around the world. But the final number turned out to be 44 because the competition's founders Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson, who are both Tanzania-based wildlife photographers themselves, felt there were four which could not be left out. As well as providing a smile, the competition works alongside the Born Free Foundation to highlight a more serious matter - the importance of conserving our planet's beautiful wildlife. This turtle looked as though it was being very rude indeed to the photographer who snapped it swimming.

The picture is one of the 44 finalists in the annual Comedy Wildlife Awards and was taken by Mark Fitzpatrick at the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort in Queensland, Australia This colourful fish looked absolutely delighted to be photographed by appearing to give a wide grin. The animal, which looks like it could be in a Disney movie, is a European Parrotfish that was snapped off the coast of The Canary Islands, Spain This squirrel looked as though it was belting out a song as it stood on its hind legs and appeared to sing with its head held high. The photo is titled 'O sole mio' and was taken in Hungary by Roland Kranitz This giraffe looked very mischievous as it appeared to force its way in to a photo which was being taken of one of its mates, the photo was taken at the Etosha National Park in Namibia These two macaques, pictured in Borneo, Malaysia, looked as though they were engaged in something very naughty indeed This seal, pictured in Caithness, Scotland, looked as though it found something very funny as it was seen with its eyes screwed shut and its mouth wide open lying on a piece of wood just out of the water This Eurasian red squirrel in Espelo in the Netherlands, looked to be having the time of its life as it was seen with what looked like a smile on its face and two streaks of fur rising from its head into the air. This silverback gorilla looked a little down in the dumps as it sat with its head resting on its palm at the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. This poor monkey looked pained as it sat hot springs in Japan and lifted its hands in the air with a grimaced expression on his face These two young bears appeared as though they were seeking to remove a tire from a pick-up truck in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming as they cheekily looked back at the camera This polar bear, which was pictured in Svalbard, Norway looked to be embarrassed about something as it was seen resting on a patch of ice with its paw apparently covering its eyes This bird posed in a way which made it look like it was filing its nails...

The snap, which also looks like a bird playing a an instrument, was taken in Florida This naughty monkey seemed to be joyfully swinging from the tails of its companions who were sitting on a tree branch above - and looking less than happy as they swung on a tree in Kabini, India This greedy Atlantic puffin looked to be hogging all the fish and its companion looked a little upset in a snap taken in Scotland (©Luis Marti/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards—an annual competition founded by professional photographers and passionate conservationists Paul Joynson Hicks and Tom Sullam —have released the best images to have entered this year's competition. The category and overall winners for this year's competition will be announced on October 22; in the meantime, members of the public also get the chance to choose a winner for the P eople's Choice Award by casting their vote on The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards website. (©Yevhen Samuchenko/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Sally Lloyd Jones/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Yarin Klein/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Petr Sochman/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Wei Ping Peng/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Tim Hearn/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Roland Kranitz/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Mike Lessel/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Megan Lorenz/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Mark Fitzpatrick/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) Look what I got for you." (©Kunal Gupta/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Asaf Sereth/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) <img class="styles__noscript__2rw2y" src="-x.co/in-krisztina-scheeff_seriously-would-you-share-some_00006026.jpg" srcset="-x.co/in-krisztina-scheeff_seriously-would-you-share-some_00006026.jpg 400w, -x.co/in-krisztina-scheeff_seriously-would-you-share-some_00006026.jpg 800w"> "Seriously, would you share some?" (©Krisztina Scheeff/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) <img class="styles__noscript__2rw2y" src="-x.co/in-kay-kotzian_i-think-this-tires-gonna-be-flat_00006435.jpg" srcset="-x.co/in-kay-kotzian_i-think-this-tires-gonna-be-flat_00006435.jpg 400w, -x.co/in-kay-kotzian_i-think-this-tires-gonna-be-flat_00006435.jpg 800w"> "I think this tire's gonna be flat." (©Kay Kotzian/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Ken Crossan/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Danielle D'Ermo/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Jill Neff/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Charlie Davidson/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Christina Holfelder/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Jagdeep Rajput/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) <img class="styles__noscript__2rw2y" src="-x.co/in-eric-fisher_hi-yall_00004184.jpg" srcset="-x.co/in-eric-fisher_hi-yall_00004184.jpg 400w, -x.co/in-eric-fisher_hi-yall_00004184.jpg 800w"> "Hi y'all!" (©Eric Fisher/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Arthur Telle Thiemann/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Jacques Poulard/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Brigitte Alcalay Marcon/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020) (©Bernhard Esterer/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020)