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

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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

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#17

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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#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
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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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Kenny Kulbiski
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2 years ago

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

Dian Ella Lillie
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2 years ago

A hyenagrif?

Jef Bateman
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2 years ago

If his wings are way back there, he is going to fly with his butt up and his nose down. Not elegant, but I would like to see it.

Pam Falcioni
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2 years ago

Flyena

Patti Lou
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2 years ago

Uhhhhh. Where is that vulture's head???

BusLady
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2 years ago

Trust me. You don't wanna know.

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Cool-As-A-Pineapple
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2 years ago

its a flyena

Susan Miller
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2 years ago

"It's behind me, right??!!!"

Evelyn Rys
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2 years ago

Africa's mythical creature :P

Mike Childers
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2 years ago

Almost a griffin...

Mr. Re-in-act-ment
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2 years ago

Again with the radiation

Gabby M
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2 years ago

REALLY DUDE? You farted right in my face.....fanning fumes

CultOfBambi
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2 years ago

Fly-hyena!

Jo Johannsen
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2 years ago

Fly-ena?

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Clayton Postier
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1 year ago

Ze most majestic beast...

avri G
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1 year ago

You are the wind beneath my wings

Eric Spence
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1 year ago

I dare you not to laugh like a hyena on this one!

Foxyloxylou
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1 year ago

FLYENA

Israel Martinez
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1 year ago

The laughing gryphon ...

1L B
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1 year ago

Hyeneagle

Sel Bonda
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1 year ago

Another psinful encounter. Greedy Vulture stuck in Cunning Hyena's arsnus!

Alexis Testman
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2 years ago

that's just frightening and would make an interesting horror movie

Flavia Slag
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2 years ago

I'll do it when Hyena's can fly!

Śliwka Ogg
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2 years ago

Pegasus of Climate Change Era

Jacque Place
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2 years ago

Flyena!!

Janine Randall
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2 years ago

Weird new Transformer!

KaPOW
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2 years ago

They told me I could be anything I wanted so I became a fly-ena

Tamzin Arthur
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2 years ago

the wings are on its butt

ForkNBeans
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2 years ago

It's a Ligur!

aussieguy6
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2 years ago

death on wings

Adonai Michel
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2 years ago

my dreams :/

PandaMan
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2 years ago

I have your tail covered! Go for it!

PandaMan
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2 years ago

I got your ass covered!

Kenneth V. Jørgensen
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2 years ago

:-) :-) :-)!

Diane Mackereth
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2 years ago

What a great photo!

Susan Forbes
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2 years ago

We're in trouble now!

rustic raven
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2 years ago

Just wait till I call the flying Hyena's on you your little TOTO won't be here to long to see you fly ;=]]

Michelle Line
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2 years ago

Must be a pet of one of the X-men.

Elizabeth Fitts
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2 years ago

And some people wonder what inspires the monsters of legend. Lol

sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

On the wings of a prayer !!!

Sharon Chalk
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2 years ago

perfect juxtapositioning

Elizabeth Butler
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2 years ago

very unlikely angel

Migue Avendaño
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2 years ago

Magic creature from Narnia

Linda Sharp
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2 years ago

Help

Monika Soffronow
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2 years ago

"Nightmare on the savannah" soon showing near you

BusLady
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2 years ago

Must be extinct. I've never seen one. Lol

TC
Community Member
2 years ago

Another interesting case for Cryptobiology ....

Shirin Kamer
Community Member
2 years ago

The union

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