Pablo Daniel Fernandez / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019
Sure, it's unlikely that the Japanese macaque you see above actually poses a Wu-Tang sign . Probably due to a mixture of skill, patience, and the old stupid luck of the photographer, this dead monkey stumbled into a weird-looking moment – no lifelong recognition for RZA & Co.
Still, is not that pretty? think so?
The finalists of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019, which were presented on Wednesday, are teeming with happy accidents like this one. The 40 photos that were awarded show a variety of animals caught in the act – though that's not always clear.
Geert Weggen / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019
There is a squirrel burying its nose in a dandelion, apparently wishing for its seed. There are some cool otters waving hello. An embarrassed bear, a pompous chimp, a puffing penguin – and a suggestive scene that may not be right for a family news program.
You can check them all here yourself.
A jury will make decisions on November 13th about the winner. Those who take the prize home will receive a trophy and the chance to take part in a one-week safari in Kenya. But people at home can also pick their favorite by voting for the People's Choice Award.
"Every year when we run this competition it gets more and more exciting to see how people visualize the fun side of wildlife in the wild," said Paul Joynson-Hicks, who founded the contest about four years ago manages him with Tom Sullam.
They say the contest is a carefree way to raise awareness of the environment. The contest has partnered with Born Free, an animal welfare group, and the price website has a list of suggestions on how to become a conservationist.
"Our planet is in distress, we all know that, now we know what to do," Joynson-Hicks added in his statement released Wednesday. "I hope we can give some little tips to get people started."
In the meantime, a few more insights into the little wonders of randomness.
Oh my god, this sea otter in Seward, Alaska, has not seen 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 carefree behavior of a teenager in the back of the classroom.
Thomas D. Mangelsen / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019
Here a brown bear in Finland shows the right shape for a seeker at the beginning of a hide-and-seek game. Do not spit!
Valtteri Mulkahainen / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019
Mating ritual or love dispute? In both cases, one of these two birds in Croatia seems to be much more than the other.
Vlado Pirsa / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019
This lion in South Africa could practice a dance, play a joke on visitors – or think about his next meal.
Willem Kruger / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019