The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have announced the finalists for 2018, narrowed down to just 41 from over 2000 quality entries. “The standard of imagery, regarding quality of the photography, goes up and up every year,” Tom Sullum, one of the founders of the awards, told Bored Panda. “The humor remains as brilliant each year, with new funny animals that we haven't seen represented before being featured.”

Anyone can enter the competition with their funny pictures, and Tom says that the wildlife photographers are a mix of around 30% professional and 70% amateur, which makes for a broader variety of animals photographed. The message that the organizers want to promote is one of wildlife conservation. “Our strong belief here at Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is that the smallest thing can help conservation,” Tom explained. “By following Born Free on social media you have made one positive step. By supporting them financially, you make another big step. By sharing our posts, by buying the book, by keeping the conversation going... all these things help raise the issues of wild animal conservation.”

“In 20 years some researchers estimate that elephants may well be gone from East Africa. Lions would be the next to follow. It is pretty grim reading, so ultimately we think the smallest snowflake could help turn into the biggest snowball. We just need to create lots of snowflakes!”

The winners of the various categories, as well as the overall best picture winner, will be announced at the awards night at Foyles, in Charing Cross, London on November 15th. The overall winner is judged by an expert panel to have a mix of the best technical excellence, together with the most entertaining content and caption. Who do you think it will be? You can vote for your own favorite in the Affinity Photo People's Choice Award, all voters will be put in the hat to win an Ipad!

So scroll down below to have a few belly laughs at the cheeky animals, get voting, check out the new book and contribute to raising awareness about animal conservation! Or maybe you'll get inspired in photographing wildlife yourself!

More info: Website | Facebook | Born Free | Book | People's Choice Award

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Wildlife Photograbear

Wildlife Photograbear

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Aaron Kara
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2 years ago

"Photograbear?"...You can do better than that

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Caught In The Act

Caught In The Act

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Flisey
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2 years ago

Use the force my young padawan

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Happy

Happy

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Denis
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2 years ago

"And then the hooman said: please don't eat me"

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Rhinopeacock 4

Rhinopeacock 4

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Pasca Mouse
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2 years ago

beautiful boy 💕😻

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#5

Split

Split

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ADHORTATOR
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2 years ago

Jean-Claude van Squirrel

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#6

Mother Returned From Her Parents Meeting From School

Mother Returned From Her Parents Meeting From School

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Pamela24
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2 years ago

Great caption. :D Reminds me of the time our kitten was let into the garden for the first time. He climbed up an apple tree and then started meowing. I got so worried and wanted to get a ladder to get him down but my friend, who was with me, said: "Just let him figure it out." Took him about 10 minutes of crying until he gave up...and climbed right down unharmed.

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Have A Headache

Have A Headache

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Cat
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2 years ago

"honey, just don't..."

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The Black Skimmer Gang

The Black Skimmer Gang

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Virgil Blue
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2 years ago

....RUN!

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Hot Kiss

Hot Kiss

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2 years ago

That's a stunning photo in itself.

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#10

Drive Safe

Drive Safe

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Chris Pitch
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2 years ago

The bear can read and is stopping for a bus?

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Peek A Boo

Peek A Boo

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Just Kristi
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2 years ago

When u wake up and realize it's monday again...

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Crouching Tiger Peeking Moose

Crouching Tiger Peeking Moose

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Pamela24
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2 years ago

"Boo!"

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Yoga Bear

Yoga Bear

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Aaron Kara
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2 years ago

Look at those padded paws!!

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Cheeky

Cheeky

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Kaspar Kristiansen
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2 years ago

Oh deer, what a look!

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The People Are Back

The People Are Back

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Chris Pitch
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2 years ago

Winnie managed to get his head stuck in the honey pot again.

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#16

This Is Sparta

This Is Sparta

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Kika González
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2 years ago

That was mine! Uhuh, yeah. Get to the next one first.

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#17

Bullies

Bullies

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Aaron Kara
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2 years ago

Looks like it's about to kick off

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#18

Tango

Tango

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ADHORTATOR
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2 years ago

It only takes to to Tango...

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Astonished Lemur

Astonished Lemur

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Daria B
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2 years ago

*in a posh accent* "Oh, how dare you!"

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Flying Hyena

Flying Hyena

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Shirin Kamer
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2 years ago

The union

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