Nine goofy, award-winning animal photos to turn your day around

Mentally we are here.

Indian elephants. Kaziranga, India.
Indian elephants. Kaziranga, India.Kunal Gupta/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020

If this past year has proven anything, it’s that animals are the best free internet therapy there is. From virtual zoo tours to TikTok challenges, animals have been an invaluable source of entertainment—and relief—during the pandemic.

On that note, we wanted to share our favorites from the 2020 finalists of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, which will be announcing its winners in mid-October. The contest has been shaking up the all-too-serious field of nature photography since 2015, but this year it feels even more necessary.

Now, without further delay, some serial killer fish, hungover penguins, and profane, pissed-off sea turtles for your “educational” benefit.

Mediterranean parrotfish. El Hierro, Canary Islands.
Mediterranean parrotfish. El Hierro, Canary Islands.Arthur Telle Thiemenn/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020
Young red fox and shrew. Israel.
Young red fox and shrew. Israel.Ayala Fishaimer/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020
Gentoo penguins. Falkland Islands.
Gentoo penguins. Falkland Islands.Christina Holfelder/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020
Chacma baboon. River Chobe, Botswana.
Chacma baboon. River Chobe, Botswana.Martin Grace/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020
Royal tern. Florida.
Royal tern. Florida.Danielle D'Ermo/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020
Azure damselfly. Devon, United Kingdom.
Azure damselfly. Devon, United Kingdom.Tim Hearn/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020
Brown pelicans. Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
Brown pelicans. Fort Myers Beach, Florida.Vicki Jauron/Comedy Photography Wildlife Awards 2020
Sea turtle. Queensland, Australia.
Sea turtle. Queensland, Australia.Mark Fitzpatrick/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020