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

#1

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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#2

Caught In The Act

Caught In The Act

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Aaron Kara
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2 years ago

"Wooah there, everybody just calm down!"

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#3

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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#4

Rhinopeacock 4

Rhinopeacock 4

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Rose mary
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2 years ago

He got a beautiful tutu

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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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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

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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

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Jenna Bois
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2 years ago

I wonder when their album drops.

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#9

Hot Kiss

Hot Kiss

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Aaron Kara
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2 years ago

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

Jess De La Souza
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2 years ago

Engagement/Wedding Photos

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Tony Moon
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2 years ago

Why did "Kiss the girl" from "The Little Mermaid" just pop into my head?

tarebear
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2 years ago

I got the "Muddy Mudskipper" Theme song in mine

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Community Member
2 years ago

That's a stunning photo in itself.

Shirin Kamer
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2 years ago

Beautiful photo so well captured....and beautiful creatures.

Melody Lanzatella
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2 years ago

One of my FAVORITE critters!! The mudskipper!!! (they are most likely in the midst of fighting. That almost all they ever do.) LOL

Carolina Vieira
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2 years ago

This photo reminde me the movie The Shape of Water

just a thought!
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2 years ago

Get a room, guys ! -_-

Kenneth V. Jørgensen
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2 years ago

Amazing & lovely picture!

Sharon Vaughn
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2 years ago

Fin on the left is totally erect! Must be the male.

Mimis Nachbarin
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2 years ago

Wow, amazing creatures.

irenetheavocado
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2 years ago

what are they?

Lexie Brindle
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2 years ago

I think they are mud skippers

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Pam Falcioni
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2 years ago

Boiiiiing!!!

BusLady
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2 years ago

Guess which one's the male.

Lizard Queen
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2 years ago

In this case, both. Fighting over a female or territory.

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Roxanne Horbatuck
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2 years ago

WOW

Johanna Kidd
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2 years ago

Must be Date Nite!

Marlene Bailey
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2 years ago

Mud scippers

quadro_dcc
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2 years ago

Wet kiss

Ariel Fox
Community Member
2 years ago

This Magic Moment...Beautiful reptiles!

REGINA GUIDRY
Community Member
2 years ago

what kind of fish is that

Jacque Place
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2 years ago

That's a nightmare creature made beautiful with disco..and love

Zaheen Muhammad
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2 years ago

The best one so far. Made my day..

rustic raven
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2 years ago

WOW you just make all my gills stand straight up ;=]]

Sora Lyra
Community Member
2 years ago

King and Queen

Susann Campbell
Community Member
2 years ago

The new babies of The Shape of Water.

Madonna Rose
Community Member
2 years ago

A kiss to remember

Matthew Corey
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2 years ago

"Yes, ... I'm the king ! You see mine? They're standing stright up !"

Ed Martin
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2 years ago

Wonder if the different fin shapes designate the sex of the thing, what ever it is? Ed

Kristine Phillips
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2 years ago

Looks like crowns.

Pradeep M
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2 years ago

Kissing skill level : electrifying

therealpixie
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2 years ago

"You snatched my wig, baby!"

Last Hurrah
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2 years ago

No tongues!

Rachel Baschnagel
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2 years ago

Why does this remind me of "Shape of Water"?

glowworm2
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2 years ago

I love this one--it's beautiful.

Brenda Alvira Alvarez
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2 years ago

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you want sum f*k?

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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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#11

Peek A Boo

Peek A Boo

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

irritable owl syndrome

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#12

Crouching Tiger Peeking Moose

Crouching Tiger Peeking Moose

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Sarah
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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

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Chris Pitch
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2 years ago

Downward dog? sideward panda.

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#14

Cheeky

Cheeky

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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

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Chris Pitch
Community Member
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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Samantha Comerford
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2 years ago

Hiiii YA !

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#17

Bullies

Bullies

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GlassOfWater
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2 years ago

Lmao looks like Gerald from Finding Dory

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#18

Tango

Tango

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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

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Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#20

Flying Hyena

Flying Hyena

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Kenny Kulbiski
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2 years ago

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

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