ROMPING monkeys, giggling seals and zebras and fist-fighting lions are among the finalists in a competition celebrating animal antics in all their glory. 

The 2019 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards has compiled 40 of the best photographs.  

Doing the monkey business

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These two were caught in a uncompromising position
Peter Haygarth/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

Sealing the funny side

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This seal doesn’t take sea-life seriously[/caption]

Laughing their stripes off

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This duo show off their pearly whites[/caption]

Chillaxing chimp

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This baby chimp knows how to relax[/caption]

Big cat fight

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An audience gathers to watch these boxing lions[/caption]

Unbearable shyness

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Valtteri Mulkahainen/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

Come out, come out where-ever you are[/caption]

Stand-up comedy

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This independent spirited bear wants to show they can stand on their own two feet[/caption]

Bug off!

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Kevin Sawford/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

This insect looks unhappy at being papped[/caption]

Come and get me

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Ryan Jefferds/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

This gorilla is just a show off[/caption]

Otter madness

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Andy Harris/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

This Sea Otter will not stop tickling his victim[/caption]

Fur god’s sake

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Eric Keller/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

Cold war… This penguin is involved in a cover-up[/caption]

A slow-burner

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Why did the turtle cross the road? To get to the shell station[/caption]

What the fox?

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Alastair Marsh/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

These foxes clearly have a rough and tumble relationship[/caption]

A diva believer

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Martina Gebert/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

This Marmot is having none of it[/caption]

The competition is a global, online and free to enter photography competition, showcasing seriously funny images of the earth’s most amazing wildlife.

As well as providing some laughs, the competition aims to highlight the extremely important message of wildlife conservation in an engaging and positive way, working with the main competition partner — the Born Free Foundation.

Paul Joynson-Hicks said: “Every year we do this competition, it gets more and more exciting seeing how people visualise the funny sides of wildlife in the wild. 

“And each year we see a wider variety of species doing funny things, whether it’s a very naughty penguin or dancing lions, a chillin’ chimp or even bee-eaters having a shouting match — they’re hysterical.”

The bottom lion

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This lion cub is fighting rear guard action[/caption]


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