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

Roie Galitz Report

Aaron Kara
Community Member
2 years ago

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

Morvyn Myles
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2 years ago

He's taking a Polaroid

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Georgia
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2 years ago

Sir David Attenbear

Electric isopod
Community Member
2 years ago

Much better than the original title 👏

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ElectricBooty
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2 years ago

Now that's a photogra..fur. (pause for pun)

stellermatt
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2 years ago

polarised camera

BusLady
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2 years ago

The photo crew needed some extra help, and hired some of the locals.

Lyop
Community Member
2 years ago

What i find funnier is absence of anyone remotely human! Like, he can have them cameras.

Jill
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2 years ago

This picture makes me wonder about the story behind it and how far and fast he had to run.

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

They spotted the bear, and didn't stick around to ask questions. He can *have* the cameras!

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Samantha Comerford
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2 years ago

Oh great more bloody ice. Meh

Tony Moon
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2 years ago

"Lets see, that bus over there looks crunchy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside."

Bobbi Newell
Community Member
2 years ago

Do I detect a Far Side reference? :D

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Gabby M
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2 years ago

BERT I said move to the RIGHT!! THE RIGHTTT!

Alan Wilkening
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2 years ago

I’m sure he was using a polarized filter on that lens.

Bobbi Newell
Community Member
2 years ago

When you try to take an interest in your SO's hobbies, but have no clue...

Charlotte Skrydstrup
Community Member
2 years ago

Wonder what all the fuss is about with these thingies. Nothing there! I don't get these humans!

Roxanne Horbatuck
Community Member
2 years ago

The tables have turned

Melody Lanzatella
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2 years ago

LMAO!

Bored Bear
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2 years ago

"Uhm yeah just a step little bit to the left please."

Randy Dhuyvetter
Community Member
2 years ago

Is he taking a photo of a human?

ThatJeremyKid
Community Member
2 years ago

I've got a seal at 3 0' clock, correct 12 feet to the right...

Tanya Kysel'ova
Community Member
2 years ago

hahaha

Karen Dyer
Community Member
2 years ago

I see you, say cheese.

Tony Moon
Community Member
2 years ago

"So what exactly was that Human looking at??? Composition sucks, its just ice! "

Lady Perkele
Community Member
2 years ago

How many cameras does that human has? Or had? XD

David Wong
Community Member
2 years ago

Gonna photo record it before it disappeared.

Jennifer Raffaelli
Community Member
2 years ago

How about Polorgrabear!?

Steve Foltz
Community Member
2 years ago

Too funny!!

Momom0
Community Member
2 years ago

"WHat is this sorcery, why did the two dudes i just ate kept looking through this little tube!?"

Emilyna-rose Holme
Community Member
2 years ago

Photograpaw

Jeannie Chesser
Community Member
2 years ago

These lens need to be fixed.

Jacque Place
Community Member
2 years ago

There's a single human about 30 yards away. He's just standing there. I think I can get a picture before he gets my scent.

Sheila Shaffer
Community Member
2 years ago

It honestly looks to me like the cameras were photoshopped in....anyone else?

Polasit Tiemsak
Community Member
2 years ago

Yo Ho IIona where are you ?

Diane Mackereth
Community Member
2 years ago

Checking the camera setting before the shot

Laura Vlad
Community Member
2 years ago

so thats how they blend in so well...

Matt S
Community Member
2 years ago

PhotograFUR

rustic raven
Community Member
2 years ago

For some reason you look a little out of place move a little to the center ;=]]

PandaMan
Community Member
2 years ago

"Profound, I have four feet and a tripod. Humans have 2 feet and a quadpod. 4+3=7 vs 2+4=6. Photograbears WIN! "

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
2 years ago

"How do you like being watched all day long, Attenborough?"

woodbehr
Community Member
2 years ago

On a clear day you can see forever!

Matthew Corey
Community Member
2 years ago

"I never belived I'd actually become a surveyor."

Sergey Soldatenkov
Community Member
2 years ago

and they still tell me that they can run fast?

Migue Avendaño
Community Member
2 years ago

I can bear-ly watch through the lens

Pop Shuvit
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

This site has so many comments that make you cringe. Would be great if we could choose to switch them off 'cos it's hard to ignore the lameness when it's right under the pic. Devs if you're listening, the worst thing about this sight is having to see the inane comments without a choice

Little letitia
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh get over yourself...

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Gabriel
Community Member
2 years ago

How do YOU like it when people film you without your permission!

Jeanie Pantaleo
Community Member
2 years ago

What is so fascinating?

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Bear, you're at the wrong end!

Dave Durante
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't know how to use this camera, it's not a Polaroid.

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#2

Caught In The Act

Caught In The Act

MARY MCGOWAN Report

Aaron Kara
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2 years ago

"Wooah there, everybody just calm down!"

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#3

Happy

Happy

Muriel Vekemans Report

Denis
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2 years ago

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

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#4

Rhinopeacock 4

Rhinopeacock 4

Kallol Mukherjee Report

Rose mary
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2 years ago

He got a beautiful tutu

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#5

Split

Split

Geert Weggen Report

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

Valtteri Mulkahainen Report

Aaron Kara
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2 years ago

Child-bearing can be tough...

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#7

Have A Headache

Have A Headache

Maureen Toft Report

Cat
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2 years ago

"honey, just don't..."

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#8

The Black Skimmer Gang

The Black Skimmer Gang

Ke Qiang Ruan Report

Jenna Bois
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2 years ago

I wonder when their album drops.

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#9

Hot Kiss

Hot Kiss

Sergey Savvi Report

Aaron Kara
Community Member
2 years ago

That's an amazing photo! Love the different fin shapes

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#10

Drive Safe

Drive Safe

Jonathan Irish Report

Chris Pitch
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2 years ago

The bear can read and is stopping for a bus?

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#11

Peek A Boo

Peek A Boo

Shane Keena Report

stellermatt
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2 years ago

irritable owl syndrome

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#12

Crouching Tiger Peeking Moose

Crouching Tiger Peeking Moose

Jamie Bussey Report

Sarah
Community Member
2 years ago

… Every breath you take - Every moose you make - Every bond you break...I'll be watching you.

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#13

Yoga Bear

Yoga Bear

Roie Galitz Report

Chris Pitch
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2 years ago

Downward dog? sideward panda.

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#14

Cheeky

Cheeky

Robert Adamson Report

Aaron Kara
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2 years ago

"Oh that's Dave...we dont talk to Dave"

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#15

The People Are Back

The People Are Back

Patty Bauchman Report

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

Sergey Savvi Report

Samantha Comerford
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2 years ago

Hiiii YA !

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#17

Bullies

Bullies

Amy Kennedy Report

GlassOfWater
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2 years ago

Lmao looks like Gerald from Finding Dory

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#18

Tango

Tango

Michael Watts Report

Daria B
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2 years ago

Daaaaaancing bears, paaaaaaainted wings... Things I almost... remeeeeeeember... ♬♪

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#19

Astonished Lemur

Astonished Lemur

Jakob Strecker Report

Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#20

Flying Hyena

Flying Hyena

Kevin Rooney Report

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
2 years ago

You think flying monkeys are bad Dorthy? Check this out.

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