We’ve all been eagerly waiting and the moment of truth has finally come: the winners of the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced! We think all the finalists this year were fabulous, but this year’s winners are, in our opinion, genuinely worth the honor of being called the best of the best.

This year’s overall winner is Mark Fitzpatrick for his amazing photograph, ‘Terry the Turtle flipping the bird,’ which beat 7k other entries from around the world. Mark captured the image when he was swimming with the turtles off Lady Elliot Island in Queensland, Australia. He managed to catch the moment when Terry’s flipper is pulling back as he swims towards the camera, making it appear as if the turtle is actually flipping Mark the bird and means it.

Scroll down, check out all of this year’s winners, and read on for Bored Panda’s interview with Tom Sullam, one of the founders of the marvelous photo competition. When you’re done enjoying the magnificent photos, have a look through the full list of this year’s finalists here and check out last year’s winners right here.

More info: ComedyWildlifePhoto.com | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | BornFree.org.uk

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Overall Winner And Creatures Under The Water Award Winner : "Terry The Turtle Flipping The Bird" By Mark Fitzpatrick

Overall Winner And Creatures Under The Water Award Winner : "Terry The Turtle Flipping The Bird" By Mark Fitzpatrick

comedywildlifephoto , Mark Fitzpatrick Report

BingeFest1
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2 months ago

"Stop feeding me those damn plastic straws"

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Highly Commended: "Fun For All Ages" By Thomas Vijayan

Highly Commended: "Fun For All Ages" By Thomas Vijayan

comedywildlifephoto , Thomas Vijayan Report

MagicalUnicorn
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2 months ago

this is such a joyous shot <3

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Highly Commended: "Smiley" By Arthur Telle Thiemenn

Highly Commended: "Smiley" By Arthur Telle Thiemenn

comedywildlifephoto , Arthur Telle Thiemenn Report

Avery S Alberico
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2 months ago

da gap in da teef is super cute

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The team hosted a warm and lovely award ceremony live on Instagram on Tuesday evening which drew in watchers from all around the globe.

Overall winner Mark said that he was “stoked and honored” to be awarded the Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year title for 2020. He won a once in a lifetime safari in the Masai Mara, in Kenya, with Alex Walker’s Serian. Mark also won a unique handmade trophy from the Wonder Workshop in Tanzania, a photography bag from Think Tank, and a brand new Nikon camera.

“It's been amazing to see the reaction to my photo of Terry the Turtle flipping the bird, with Terry giving people a laugh in what has been a difficult year for many, as well as helping spread an important conservation message. Hopefully, Terry the Turtle can encourage more people to take a moment and think about how much our incredible wildlife depends on us and what we can do to help them. Flippers crossed that this award puts Terry in a better mood the next time I see him at Lady Elliot Island!” he said.

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Highly Commended: "Tough Negotiations" By Ayala Fishaimer

Highly Commended: "Tough Negotiations" By Ayala Fishaimer

comedywildlifephoto , Ayala Fishaimer Report

Xandra
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2 months ago

"You do know eating after 6 is bad for you!"

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#5

Affinity Photo People's Choice Award Winner: "O Sole Mio" By Roland Kranitz

Affinity Photo People's Choice Award Winner: "O Sole Mio" By Roland Kranitz

comedywildlifephoto , Roland Kranitz Report

Sarcastic Panda
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

doe re mi fa so la ti DOOOOOOOOOOOOE!!!!! *everyone in a five mile radius gets their eardrums burst*

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Highly Commended: "It's A Mocking Bird" By Sally Lloyd-Jones

Highly Commended: "It's A Mocking Bird" By Sally Lloyd-Jones

comedywildlifephoto , Sally Lloyd-Jones Report

Zophra
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2 months ago

rebel!

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The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards were founded by professional photographers and passionate conservationists Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks. Together, they hope to highlight the importance of wildlife conservation in an engaging and positive way along with their main competition partner, the Born Free Foundation. 

Tom from the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards team told Bored Panda that he and his colleagues have been fortunate to receive competition entries throughout the pandemic.

“People in lockdown have found time to either take new images of their local wildlife or have found the time to wrestle through years of images stuck on hard drives. It has made our lockdown much more manageable, and as a small team, we have been able to maintain continual contact via video calls to keep the competition on the right track.”

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Highly Commended: "Seriously, Would You Share Some" By Krisztina Scheeff

Highly Commended: "Seriously, Would You Share Some" By Krisztina Scheeff

comedywildlifephoto , Krisztina Scheeff Report

mAHiMa kUmAr
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2 months ago

The other bird looks so dissapointed

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#8

Highly Commended: "Social Distance, Please!" By Petr Sochman

Highly Commended: "Social Distance, Please!" By Petr Sochman

comedywildlifephoto , Petr Sochman Report

Sawdust
Community Member
2 months ago

Talk to the talon!

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#9

Amazing Internet Portfolio Award Winner: "Deadly Fart" By Daisy Gilardini

Amazing Internet Portfolio Award Winner: "Deadly Fart" By Daisy Gilardini

comedywildlifephoto , Daisy Gilardini Report

Anne Reid
Community Member
2 months ago

My poor puppy didn’t know what the noise behind her was...so she stuck her nose down to investigate. And farted in her own face, poor thing. Not sure what I fed her (guilty of giving my pup people food), but WOW, it was noxious!

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Tom firmly believes that the entries get better and better with each and every year. This year, in particular, there have been more images than ever. “The winner, however, is never obvious at any stage of the competition! The judges are remarkably different in how they judge the humor of an image. The technical side of the photography is taken care of by Paul and myself and we then ask the judges to score the final images on humor!” Tom shared.

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Spectrum Photo Creatures In The Air Award Winner: "Hide And Seek" By Tim Hearn

Spectrum Photo Creatures In The Air Award Winner: "Hide And Seek" By Tim Hearn

comedywildlifephoto , Tim Hearn Report

Logan Cheng
Community Member
2 months ago

"those dang eyes stopped me from winning first place with my friends"

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#11

Highly Commended: "Sun Salutation Class" By Sue Hollis

Highly Commended: "Sun Salutation Class" By Sue Hollis

comedywildlifephoto , Sue Hollis Report

Tanner Wright
Community Member
2 months ago

That right there is some pure laziness.

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#12

Highly Commended: "I Had To Stay Late At Work" By Luis Burgueño

Highly Commended: "I Had To Stay Late At Work" By Luis Burgueño

comedywildlifephoto , Luis Burgueño Report

Tanner Wright
Community Member
2 months ago

...and get THIS! His shirt was on inside out! AHAHAHAHA

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#13

Alex Walker's Serian Creatures Of The Land Award Winner: "Almost Time To Get Up" By Charlie Davidson

Alex Walker's Serian Creatures Of The Land Award Winner: "Almost Time To Get Up" By Charlie Davidson

comedywildlifephoto , Charlie Davidson Report

mAHiMa kUmAr
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2 months ago

I dont want to know what happened here

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#14

Think Tank Photo Junior Award Winner: "I've Got You This Time!" By Olin Rogers

Think Tank Photo Junior Award Winner: "I've Got You This Time!" By Olin Rogers

comedywildlifephoto , Olin Rogers Report

Tanner Wright
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2 months ago

Target Acquired. Initiate Attack Sequence.

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#15

Highly Commended: "The Race" By Yevhen Samuchenko

Highly Commended: "The Race" By Yevhen Samuchenko

comedywildlifephoto , Yevhen Samuchenko Report

mAHiMa kUmAr
Community Member
2 months ago

When me and my gang pull up 🥶

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Highly Commended: "Monkey Business" By Megan Lorenz

Highly Commended: "Monkey Business" By Megan Lorenz

comedywildlifephoto , Megan Lorenz Report

mAHiMa kUmAr
Community Member
2 months ago

The monkey really be into bananas 🤪

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