20 Award-Winning Wildlife Photographs That Will Change The Way You Perceive Animals

1. “Laughing Seal — Oh, I just got it!” by Brian Valente

"Laughing Seal — Oh, I just got it!" by Brian Valente. A seal appears to laugh.

2. The overall winner of the 2018 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards was a photo of an expressive squirrel.

'Caught In The Act' by Mary McGowan shows a squirrel with its arms extended.
“Caught In The Act” by Mary McGowan.

3. Check out the eyes on that owl.

"Peek a boo" by Shane Keena shows an owl peeking out of the ground.
“Peek-a-boo” by Shane Keena. 

4. Krisztina Scheeff, a finalist in the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, captured a greedy Atlantic puffin in “Seriously, Would You Share Some?”

Two puffins, one of which has lots of leaves in its mouth. The other puffin looks on jealously.
“Seriously, Would You Share Some?” 

5. These bears appear to be excellent dancers.

"Tango" by Michael Watts shows two bears appearing to dance.
“Tango” by Michael Watts.

6. Photographer Barney Koszalka captured a battle of wits between moose.

"So There" by Barney Koszalka shows two moose who look like they're talking to each other.
“So There” by Barney Koszalka.

7. These primates were up to some monkey business.

"This Is Sparta" by Sergey Savvi. One monkey is kicking another.
“This Is Sparta” by Sergey Savvi.

8. Squirrels can be incredibly flexible.

"Split" by Geert Weggen. A squirrel stands on two flowers.
“Split” by Geert Weggen.

9. The overall winner of the 2017 Wildlife Comedy Photography Awards shows an owl struggling to keep his grip as his owl friends look the other way.

"Help" by Tibor Kercz. An owl slips off a branch.
“Help” by Tibor Kercz.

10. A green turtle pushed a a Napoleon maori wrasse out of the way in Queensland, Australia.

Slap" by Troy Mayne. A turtle pushes a fish with its fin.
Slap” by Troy Mayne.

11. This photo is cheekily named “Outsourcing Seatbelt Checks.”

"Outsourcing Seatbelt Checks" by Graeme Guy. A giraffe looks at a low-flying plane.
“Outsourcing Seatbelt Checks” by Graeme Guy.

12. A Calumma nasutum, also known as a nose-horned chameleon, danced on the end of a branch in Andasibe, Madagascar.

A Calumma nasutum, the nose-horned chameleon seen dancing on the end of a branch in Andasibe, Madagascar.
Untitled by Jasmine Vink. 

13. “Hitching A Ride” by Daisy Gilardini was Highly Commended in the 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

"Hitching A Ride" by Daisy Gilardini. A polar bear cub climbs its mother's back.
“Hitching A Ride” by Daisy Gilardini. 

14. Reuters chose this photo of birds on the back of a zebra as one of the best animal photos of 2018.

Birds on a zebra in Nairobi, Kenya.
Birds on a zebra in Nairobi, Kenya. 

15. A red deer in the early morning mist made for a dramatic silhouette.

Red deer in Bushy Park in London.
Red deer in Bushy Park in London.

16. Shivang Mehta’s photo of a young tiger cub hunting a deer won second place in the “Animals in their Environment” category of the 2018 Siena International Photo Awards.

"The Hunt" by Shivang Mehta. A tiger tackles its prey.
“The Hunt” by Shivang Mehta.

17. The 2017 Photo of the Year in the Siena International Photo Awards was “Sand Hill Cranes” by Randy Olson.

"Sand Hill Cranes" by Randy Olson. Lightning strikes in the distance as sand hill cranes sit in the foreground.
“Sand Hill Cranes” by Randy Olson.

18. A brightly colored kingfisher bird was photographed in Croatia by Petar Sabol.

An orange and blue bird sits on a branch.
“Peak” by Petar Sabol.

19. Yarin Klein captured a goofy brown bear in “We All Have That Friend.”

"We All Have That Friend" by Yarin Klein. Two bears, one of which has a dramatic expression.
“We All Have That Friend” by Yarin Klein. 

20. The grand title winner of the 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year was Marsel van Oosten’s “The Golden Couple.”

"The Golden Couple" by Marsel van Oosten. Two orange monkeys sit in a forest.
“The Golden Couple” by Marsel van Oosten. 
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