Pablo Daniel Fernandez / 2019 Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards
Sure, it's unlikely that the Japanese macaque you see above actually threw a Wu-Tang sign . Probably by some confident blend of the photographer's skill, patience and plain old stupid luck, this dead monkey stumbled into a fun looking moment – not a lifetime appreciation for RZA & Co. Think so?
The 2019 Komedy Wildlife Photography Awards finalists, presented on Wednesday, beautiful by happy accidents like this one. The 40 photographs that got the nod have a variety of animals caught in the act – but what is accurate is not always clear.
Geert Weggen / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019
There is a squirrel burying his nose in a dandelion who apparently wants his seeds. There are a couple of chill otters waving goodbye. An embarrassed bear, a pompous chimpanzee, a flatulent penguin – and a thought-provoking scene that may not be quite right for a family news piece.
You can check them all out here.
A judge will decide the winner on November 13. Those who take home the prize will receive a trophy and a chance to join a week-long safari in Kenya. But people at home can also choose their favorite by voting for the people's election prize.
"Every year we do this competition it becomes more and more exciting to see how people visualize the fun sides of wildlife in nature," said Paul Joynson-Hicks, who founded the competition about four years ago and manages it with Tom Sullam.
They say the competition is a light hearted way to raise awareness about the environment. The competition has partnered with Born Free, a wildlife activity group, and on the prize's website there is a list of suggestions on "how to be a conservationist."
"Our planet is in need, we all know that, now we just need to know what to do," Joynson-Hicks added in his statement released Wednesday. "Hopefully, we can give you some small tips to get people started."
Meanwhile, here are some more glimpses of the little wonders of serendipity.
Oh, my seafarer in Seward, Alaska, didn't see you standing there!
Harry M. Walker / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019
This 10-month-old chimpanzee leans against his mother in Tanzania, with all the dissatisfaction of a teenager at the back of the classroom.
Thomas D. Mangelsen / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019
Here, a brown bear in Finland shows the right applicant's form at the beginning of a hiding game. Do not look!
Valtteri Mulkahainen / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019
Mating ritual or lover's quarrel? Anyway, one of these two birds in Croatia seems much more into it than the other.
Vlado Pirsa / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019
This lion in South Africa could practice a dance, play practical jokes on visitors – or contemplate his next meal.
Willem Kruger / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019