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
Community Member
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

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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
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2 years ago

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

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#16

Bullies

Bullies

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GlassOfWater
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2 years ago

Lmao looks like Gerald from Finding Dory

JessG
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2 years ago

LOL! Get off! Get off!

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Antareena Barua
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2 years ago

Opens gum packet in class, rest of the class "can i have one ?'

Hikikomori
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2 years ago

Gerald? Is that you?

Cody Eriksen
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2 years ago

Penguin: Dude, you should see a doctor about that mole.

glowworm2
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2 years ago

"Please don't take my fish, guys! I have a wife and three pups!"

Chris Pitch
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2 years ago

KISS FROM A ROSE la de da

Helen Leeds
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2 years ago

Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Figaro magnifico!

Jef Bateman
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2 years ago

It looks like the officers are inspecting a new recruit right off the bus.

Gabby M
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2 years ago

Awww poor baby.

Lady Perkele
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2 years ago

FigaaaaaRooOoooOoOoo

Erin Jarboe
Community Member
1 year ago

No, I don't think that's a tumor. Let me... stop moving, Frank. I can't look at it if you don't sit still.

Liam Troncalli
Community Member
1 year ago

"you can't hang wit us. we de kool kids.

Tammy Chapman
Community Member
2 years ago

Tell them bitch mean girls to screw off, then rear back whit that heavily muscled upper torso and head and just swing it at them and knock all of them over like they were bowling pins. Damn Bullies!!!

Jinal P
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2 years ago

recently found out that fur seals rape penguins so...maybe they're scolding him for it.

Ariel Fox
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1 year ago

It looks more like a female....small...!

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Jeanie Pantaleo
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2 years ago

"We don't believe it"...

Samantha Comerford
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2 years ago

ATTENTION

TC
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2 years ago

You dare to...!!

Last Hurrah
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2 years ago

I need to hear the sopranos!

Mother Mary Helen
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2 years ago

Seal: "DO NOT WANT"

Aaron Kara
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2 years ago

Looks like it's about to kick off

Jennifer Raffaelli
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1 year ago

How do hhyouuu like it when we breeeeaaath in your face!

Ariel Fox
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1 year ago

It's the MEAN GURLLS!!

Frankendoggo
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1 year ago

Penguin 1: Fred ypu uuugly Penguin 2: And untalented Penguin 3: Ya Fred: But can you do DIS?!

1L B
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1 year ago

What do you mean I'm not a Penguin!

Śliwka Ogg
Community Member
2 years ago

Jehowa Witnessess! not them again!!!!

Jacque Place
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2 years ago

And you better not be on this beach when we get back!!

Sheila Shaffer
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2 years ago

Kind of looks like my shihtzu!

Bonnie Barnard
Community Member
2 years ago

And l thought l had halitosis.

Tamzin Arthur
Community Member
2 years ago

i love how the seal is the predator and is still getting bullied by PENGUINS

ForkNBeans
Community Member
2 years ago

"....He's leaving, on that midnight train to Georgia..." "Leaving on that midnight train....whoo whoo!"

Diane Mackereth
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2 years ago

What's the password to enter the island?

Susan Forbes
Community Member
2 years ago

You shall be hearing from my attorney!

rustic raven
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2 years ago

No this is not the SEAL ISLAND it is the one island over there with all the gray seals ;=]]

Susann Campbell
Community Member
2 years ago

"No , No Nope I wasn't looking at you honest."

Sharon Chalk
Community Member
2 years ago

aww, he is just swinging his head back so he can try and knock at least 2 and 3 if he is really lucky lol

woodbehr
Community Member
2 years ago

Ew, fishy breath

Sara Mccracken
Community Member
2 years ago

What a great catch!

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
2 years ago

"No, you can't join our group, you just don't have the right uniform."

Kujo1d
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2 years ago

This looks like an old school "yo momma" slam-down.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 years ago

it wasn't ME!

Desiree Summer
Community Member
2 years ago

when I saw this all I could think of was "GERALD!!!!"

BusLady
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2 years ago

Mean girls. Relax, they're just jealous.

Claire Hoyt
Community Member
2 years ago

"ROOD."

Shirin Kamer
Community Member
2 years ago

Okay Okay you may join us we can play mixed doubles.

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#17

This Is Sparta

This Is Sparta

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Samantha Comerford
Community Member
2 years ago

Hiiii YA !

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#18

Tango

Tango

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Daria B
Community Member
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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