Maybe that's because they don't try to make us laugh — but often find themselves in situations that remind us of our own foibles. The way animals respond to surprising — even hair-raising — situations can seem all-too-hilariously human.
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards revels in that bridge between humans and animals. Through the free, online competition, founders Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam hope that by tickling our funny bone, these images may also strike a chord for conservation.
野生动物搞笑摄影大赛把人类和动物的相似性转化成了笑点。这场网络大赛无需费用即可报名，其创始人保罗·乔森-希克斯（Paul Joynson-Hicks）和汤姆·苏兰姆（Tom Sullam）希望这些图片在戳中人们笑点的同时，也能引起人们对保护环境的共鸣。
Every year we do this competition it gets more and more exciting seeing how people visualise the funny sides of wildlife in the wild, Joynson-Hicks notes in a press release.
And each year we see a wider variety of species doing funny things, whether it's a very naughty penguin (which had my kids rolling around the floor in hysterics) or dancing lions, a chillin' chimp or even bee-eaters having a shouting match, they're hysterical.
Of course, the other aspect of our funny competition is letting people know what they can do at home to be conservationists. Our planet is in distress; we all know that, now we just need to know what to do. Hopefully, we can provide a few small tips to get people started.
Those tips include shopping responsibly, reducing how much water we use at home, and becoming a wild influencer — someone who leverages social media to raise awareness about the need for conservation.
And now, without further ado, here are the winners of this year's contest. The photo you see at top is by Vlado-Pirsa, who won the Spectrum Photo Creatures in the Air Award for Family disagreement, which was taken in Croatia.
Sarah Skinner's photo Grab life by the ... shows an African lion cub looking to play with the wrong end of an adult lion in Chobe National Park in Botswana. It was the overall winning image of the contest.
莎拉·斯金纳（Sarah Skinner）的《抓住生活的……》（Grab life by the ...），照片显示一只非洲狮幼崽想抓一只成年狮子的……该照片拍摄于博茨瓦纳的乔贝国家公园，赢得了本次大赛的总冠军。
I am absolutely delighted to be awarded the title as Overall Winner in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019, she said. It certainly warms my heart to know that this image will spread some laughter and happiness around the world.
I am happy to report that this lioness continues to thrive in the pride, having seen her again in October this year. I can only hope and encourage everyone, as a collective to each do our part in the conservation of all wildlife species, so that future generations can enjoy them, in the same way that I have done during my career as a wildlife photographer. Long may lions walk the plains ...
Harry Walker's 'Oh My' photo of sea otters in Seward, Alaska, sums up the contest nicely.
This image won the Affinity Photo People's Choice Award as well as the Olympus Creatures Under the Water Award.
Elaine Kruer took, First Comes Love…then comes Marriage of Cape squirrels in Kalahari, South Africa. This won the Amazing Internet Portfolio Award.
Below you'll find a selection of Highly Commended Winners from the contest. Happy scrolling!
Roie Galitz took this photo of a Japanese snow monkey and smartly dubbed it Space Man.
Elmar Weiss caught this gentoo penguin surfing at Bleaker Island in the Falkland Islands.
Tom Mangelsen captured this one of a chimpanzee enjoying the moment in Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania.