The 42 finalists in this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced, each one showing anthropomorphic expressions from the animal kingdom.
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
Let’s dance, by Andy Parkinson, taken in Kamchatka Peninsula, Far East Russia
Shush! I’m so hungover it hurts, by Anita Ross, taken in San Bernardino County, California, USA
Foot jam, by Brook Burling, taken in Wisconsin, USA
Time for school, by Chee Kee Teo, taken in Singapore
See who jumps high, by Chu han lin, taken in Taiwan
The baboon who feels like a tenor, by Clemence Guinard, taken in Saudi Arabia
Fluff, by Edwin Smits, taken in Groenlanden, Ooij, the Netherlands
Dancing away to glory, by Sarosh Lodhi, taken in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, India
Smoked deer for dinner, by Siddhant Agrawal, taken in Jim Corbett National Park, India
Draw me like one of your French bears, by Wenona Suydam, taken in Kodiak, Alaska, USA