Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 finalists revealed

The 42 finalists in this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced, each one showing anthropomorphic expressions from the animal kingdom.

A grey seal looking as though it is laughingimage sourceMartina Novotna
image captionMr Giggles, a grey seal by Martina Novotna, taken in Ravenscar, UK

A seal that appears to be giggling, a baboon that looks like it’s singing and a very angry starling – this year’s finalists show animals in comedy moments snapped by photographers from around the world.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards were founded by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, both professional photographers and passionate conservationists.

In addition to providing some light-hearted relief, the competition aims to highlight the important message of wildlife conservation in an engaging and positive way, working with competition partner Save Wild Orangutans.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 22 October.

In the meantime, here are a few finalists’ entries that might make you smile.

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Monday morning mood, by Andrew Mayes, taken in Rietvlei, South Africa

A pied starlingimage sourceAndrew Mayes
image captionA pied starling
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Let’s dance, by Andy Parkinson, taken in Kamchatka Peninsula, Far East Russia

Two brown bear cubs playing togetherimage sourceAndy Parkinson
image captionBrown bears
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Shush! I’m so hungover it hurts, by Anita Ross, taken in San Bernardino County, California, USA

A burrowing owlimage sourceAnita Ross
image captionA burrowing owl
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Foot jam, by Brook Burling, taken in Wisconsin, USA

A raccoon with one foot sticking out of a treeimage sourceBrook Burling
image captionA raccoon
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Time for school, by Chee Kee Teo, taken in Singapore

A smooth-coated otter parent carrying offspring in its mouthimage sourceChee Kee Teo
image captionSmooth-coated otters
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See who jumps high, by Chu han lin, taken in Taiwan

Mudskippersimage sourceChu han lin
image captionMudskippers
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The baboon who feels like a tenor, by Clemence Guinard, taken in Saudi Arabia

A hamadryas baboon with its mouth wide openimage sourceClemence Guinard
image captionA hamadryas baboon
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Fluff, by Edwin Smits, taken in Groenlanden, Ooij, the Netherlands

A Konik horseimage sourceEdwin Smits
image captionA Konik horse
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Dancing away to glory, by Sarosh Lodhi, taken in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, India

Langursimage sourceSarosh Lodhi
image captionLangurs
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Smoked deer for dinner, by Siddhant Agrawal, taken in Jim Corbett National Park, India

A tigerimage sourceSiddhant Agrawal
image captionA tiger
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Draw me like one of your French bears, by Wenona Suydam, taken in Kodiak, Alaska, USA

A brown bearimage sourceWenona Suydam
image captionA brown bear