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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.

image 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.

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

image sourceAndrew Mayes

image captionA pied starling

Let’s dance, by Andy Parkinson, taken in Kamchatka Peninsula, Far East Russia

image sourceAndy Parkinson

image captionBrown bears

Shush! I’m so hungover it hurts, by Anita Ross, taken in San Bernardino County, California, USA

image sourceAnita Ross

image captionA burrowing owl

Foot jam, by Brook Burling, taken in Wisconsin, USA

image sourceBrook Burling

image captionA raccoon

Time for school, by Chee Kee Teo, taken in Singapore

image sourceChee Kee Teo

image captionSmooth-coated otters

See who jumps high, by Chu han lin, taken in Taiwan

image sourceChu han lin

image captionMudskippers

The baboon who feels like a tenor, by Clemence Guinard, taken in Saudi Arabia

image sourceClemence Guinard

image captionA hamadryas baboon

Fluff, by Edwin Smits, taken in Groenlanden, Ooij, the Netherlands

image sourceEdwin Smits

image captionA Konik horse

Dancing away to glory, by Sarosh Lodhi, taken in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, India

image sourceSarosh Lodhi

image captionLangurs

Smoked deer for dinner, by Siddhant Agrawal, taken in Jim Corbett National Park, India

image sourceSiddhant Agrawal

image captionA tiger

Draw me like one of your French bears, by Wenona Suydam, taken in Kodiak, Alaska, USA

image sourceWenona Suydam

image captionA brown bear

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