Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 finalist images feature hilarious animals

(CNN) – Laughing waffles, a laughing snake and raccoons seemingly sharing their secrets are among the shortlisted images for the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

The selection of 42 images is the final list for the competition, which received more than 7,000 entries from around the world, according to a press release on Wednesday.

Other shortlisted images include a gray baby seal that appears to be laughing, a boxfish that appears to pout at the camera, and a grumpy-looking starling.

The images were taken across the world including the UK, South Africa, Germany and India.

Two kangaroos are fighting in Perth, Western Australia.

Lea Scaddan / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021

The awards were founded in 2015 by photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, who wanted to promote wildlife conservation through humor, the press release says.

“The large number of images we receive each year illustrates the appetite for conservation and reminds us that wildlife is truly amazing and hilarious and that we must do everything we can to protect it,” Joynson-Hicks said in the Press release. .

“Narrowing down the list of photographs has been more difficult than ever this year,” Sullam added in the press release. “It was great to see a range of animals, from the incredibly rare to the humble pigeon.”

About 10% of the total net income from this year’s competition will be donated to Save Wild Orangutans, an organization that works with primates in Gunung Palung National Park, Borneo.

Vine snakes are common in the Western Ghats of India.

Vine snakes are common in the Western Ghats of India.

Aditya Kshirasagar / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021

Members of the public can vote for the image that made them laugh the most on until October 10, and the category and winners will be announced on October 22.

In 2020, the big winner of the contest was the photo of a turtle by photographer Mark Fitzpatrick who seems to give the camera a middle finger. “I was swimming with this turtle at Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef when he returned the bird to me,” Fitzpatrick said at the competition.

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