Images of playful lion cubs and a confused seal are guaranteed to raise a smile even with the world observing coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Entries from around the world are now rolling in for this year’s Comedy Wildlife Competition and already it looks like there is some strong contenders.
The competition, now in its sixth year, was founded by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, both professional photographers, who wanted to create a photographic competition that focused on the lighter side of wildlife.
It’s run in partnership with the Born Free Foundation and aims to promote the conservation of wildlife and their habitats, through humorous and light-hearted imagery and a positive message.
The winner walks off with a safari to the Maasai Mara in Kenya as well as some Nikon camera equipment, software and a camera bag to carry it all.
The deadline for entries is midnight on June 30.
A seal scratches its head as he lays on the beach in Winterton, Lincolnshire in England. Photograph: Joham Siggesson/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Doing the Sand Dance
An Alaskan Brown Bear lies on its back with its paws dangling in the air. Photograph: Janet Miles/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Laughing Sea Otter
A 'laughing' sea otter in Morro Bay, California. The otter twists its head and flashes its rows of teeth as if laughing like a human would. Photograph: David DesRochers/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
A lion cub gawps at something in the distance, its jaw dropping, as it sits with one of his siblings and his mother in Kenya's Masai Mara. Photograph: Yaron Shcmid/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
This Northern Pygmy Owl on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada perched on a small branch looking like he had a rough night or the best night of his life. Photograph: Anthony Bucci/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
A pair of lion cubs taking swipes at each other on the savanna plains of Tanzania. Photograph: Yarin Kleins/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
A hippo mother has her baby nibbling her ear in Masai Mara, but it also appears from the baby hippo's facial expression that he is laughing. Photograph: Manoj Shah/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Two Zebra buddies share a joke, enjoying life in the savanna in Nairobi National Park, Kenya. One of them rolls his head back in very human-like fashion. Photograph: Tanvir Ali/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Yellow Collared Lovebirds
One of these stunning birds from the Tarangire National Park in Tanzania appears to give the other a peck on the cheek. Photograph: Thomas Grigoleit/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
A percher damselfly clutches a stalk in its hand in Zambales in the Philippines. Photograph: Reynante Martinez/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
It's too late Roebuck, too late
A roebuck deer sticks its tongue out at another in the grasslands of Estonia in this hilarious photograph. Photograph: Alvin Tarknees/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Walk on Water
At certain times of the year flamingos populate Lake Magadi in Serengeti, Tanzania, and this is when you can see them taking off and landing... Or just showing off. Photograph: Tommy Mees/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards