Grey seal pup appears to be giggling. I loved the expression captured. It looks so human-like. I was lying on a rocky beach for hours, as motionlessly as possible, patiently waiting for seal life to unfold around me. This seal pup came onto the shore for a bit of rest and ended up sleeping on its chosen rock for hours before the incoming tide forced it to move more inland. Occasionally, it would stretch and yawn and it was one of the yawns that led to this expression, looking as if the seal was giggling. Animal: Grey seal Location of shot: Ravenscar

In Pictures: Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards are looking for your votes

The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards today publishes the images shortlisted for its 2021 competition and opens voting for the People’s Choice Award–offering the public the chance to vote for their favourite funny photo. This year’s final shortlist of photographs showcases the biggest mix of animals seen in the competition to date. The final 42 images – plus the Portfolio and Video category entries from around the world include a laughing vine snake from India, a trio of strutting Gentoo penguins on the beaches of the Falkland Islands and a Kangaroo performing a picture-perfect Pavarotti impersonation in Australia. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards was co-founded in 2015byprofessionalphotographersPaul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam who wanted to create a competition that focused on the lighter side of wildlife photography and help promote wildlife conservation through humour. This year, the competition is supporting Save Wild Orangutans by donating 10% of its total net revenue to the charity. The initiative safeguards wild orangutans in and around Gunung Palung National Park, Borneo

Voting is also open for members of the public to choose the animal snap that made them laugh the loudest in the Affinity Photo People’s Choice Award. Sponsored by Affinity Photo. The People Choice Award’s previous winners include a singing ground squirrel and a bemused Alaskan otter. The public can cast their vote at until 10 October 2021 and be in with the chance of winning a brand-new iPad

Tom Sullam, Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Co-Founder, said: “Whittling down the list of photographs was harder than ever this year. There were so many funny pictures that had us laughing that we couldn’t settle on a top 40–so we’re releasing the top 42 instead! It was great to see a range of animals, from the incredibly rare to the humble pigeon. We can’t wait to see what the public choose as their favourite and look forward to showcasing some of these pictures at The Photography Show in Birmingham this September. ”The Category and Overall Winners will be announced on October 22with the top image winning an incredible one-week safari with Alex Walker's Serian in the Masai Mara, Kenya as well as a unique handmade trophy from the Art Garage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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