Finalists of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards – these comic takes from the animal world will make you smile.

From waltzing polar bears, to a hippopotamus that should have gone to Specsavers, the world’s funniest animal awards have their finalists – and this year you can vote for your favourite. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards judges are going to have a tough time!

Out of thousands of photographs, 41 have made the cut – and they are guaranteed to make you chuckle.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards were founded by wildlife photographers and enthusiasts Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks. The competition works alongside the Born Free Foundation to highlight the importance of conserving our planet’s beautiful wildlife.

Wildlife photographer and co-founder Tom Sullam said: “In just three years this competition has gone from hilarious to utterly ridiculous humour – all provided to us by these fantastic animals.”

Among this year’s top entries are a red squirrel doing the splits by Geert Weggen, a shocked sifaka lemur by Jakob Strecker and a face-palming grizzly bear by Danielle D’Ermo. Here are some of the images we loved!

Guffaw! by Amy Kennedy

Seattle, United States

This elephant seal has a great sense of humor. Elephant seal on South Georgia… not quite sure what I said!

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Photo: Amy Kennedy/ The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018. Location: South Georgia

Rabbit hiding face in embrassment by Daniel Friend

Morgantown, United States

Too embarrassed to look. Rabbit hiding face in embarrassment with hands covering his eyes.

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Photo: Daniel Friend/ The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018. Location: West Virginia

Perfect Pillow by Denise Dupras

Rochester, United States

The perfect pillow for a polar bear. The ship pulled up to the edge of the ice pack in search of polar bears. This bear seemed exhausted and took advantage of a piece of ice as a perfect pillow to grab a rest.

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Photo: Denise Dupras/ The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018. Location: Svalbard

Should Have Gone To Specsavers, Michael Lane

Winchester, United Kingdom

This is one of four images of these hippos either biting another hippos backside or mouth. Could have made a portfolio but then I would have too many images so just entered this one.

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Photo: Michael Lane/ The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018. Location: Masai Mara, Kenya

Dancing Deer by Bartek Olszewski

London, United Kingdom

I was so lucky. It was July and I walked into Richmond Park through the Robin Hood gate. Immediately I saw these two rutting stags rising up and biting each other. It only lasted a few seconds, so I sank to my knees and snapped away as fast as I could.

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Photo: Bartek Olszewski/ The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018. Location: Richmond Park London

Astonished Lemur by Jakob Strecker

Cologne, Germany

Animal: Coquerel’s sifaka in Madagascar.

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Photo: Jakob Strecker The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018. Location: Madagascar

Dances with bears by Luca Venturi

Siena, Italy

The funny pose assumed by the two bears during their struggle, as if they were practicing a Vienna Waltz, is a pretext to entitle the photo referring to the famous movie starring Kevin Costner.

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Photo: Luca Venturi/ The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018. Location: Churchill, Canada

Have a Headache, Maureen Toft

Lyndhurst, United Kingdom

Not now honey…

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Photo: Maureen Toft The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018. Location: Kenya

Tango by Michael Watts

Augusta, United States

“No, Herbert, you lead with your left.” Coastal Brown Bear cubs interacting on the beach while Mom is fishing.

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Photo: Michael Watts/ The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018. Location: Alaska

Happy? by Muriel Vekemans

Bruxelles, Belgium

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Photo: Muriel Vekemans/ The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018. Location: Masai Mara Kenya

The winner of these hilarious awards will be announced at a ceremony on November 15, 2018.

You can choose your favourite photo via the Affinity People’s Choice Award.

The overall winner will be named the 2018 Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year and win a handmade trophy from the Wonder Workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and a one week safari with Alex Walker’s Serian.

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Vol. 2 by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullan is out in Hardback on the 4th of October. 

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