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The hilarious Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards show the funnier side of nature

You don’t need to tell the internet that animals do the funniest things. Now, finally, there is a way we can judge them. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards showcase the funniest candid shots of the wildest creatures for our amusement.

The project also aims to promote “conservation through competition”. The Awards have teamed up with the Born Free Foundation to promote the work they do in wild animal welfare and compassionate conservation. Here’s a selection from the shortlist of 40 photographs to brighten up your day, whittled down from 2200 hilarious entries. The competition is now closed for this year and the winner will be judged by a panel of photography experts and comedians.

A frog appears to have a big smile for the camera
A frog appears to have a big smile for the camera

Russia: A frog appears to have a big smile for the camera

Did you forget something?
Did you forget something? Image by Brigitta Moser / Barcroft Images

Little Karoo, South Africa: A meerkat appears to look like it’s just remembered it needs to be somewhere.

Hmmm, maybe you should take it again.
Hmmm, maybe you should take it again. Image by Megan Lorenz/Barcroft Images

Cape Coral, Florida: Wide-Eyed Burrowing Owlet posing for selfies in front of a GoPro in Florida, May, 2015.

Just one more bite...
Just one more bite… Image by Barb D’Arpino / Barcroft Images

Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada: Eastern Chipmunk stuffing her cheeks with corn until they looked ready to pop.

The perfectly-timed shot.
The perfectly-timed shot. Image by Adam Parsons / Barcroft Images

A bear appears to have wings growing from its head in a photo taken by Adam Parsons, September 2015.

Hello! Image by Philip Marazzi / Barcroft Images

Manitoba, Canada: A mother polar bear takes a nap during the day whilst her cub is full of energy and gives the camera a wave.

I am a reptile, hear me roar!
I am a reptile, hear me roar! Image by Anup Deodhar / Barcroft Images

A colourful reptile holds up a twig as it is pictured looking like a warrior with a powerful stance.

Tally ho!
Tally ho! Image by Brenden Simonson / Barcroft Images

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania:  A little leopard tortoise jumps on a friend’s back.

Surprise! Image by Ross Couper / Barcroft Images

South Africa.  A mother and son leopard pair have a playful fight with photographer Ross Couper snapping a hilarious end result in Singita Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa, May, 2013.

Now that's a happy owl.
Now that’s a happy owl. Image by Edward Kopeschny / Barcroft Images

Ontario, Canada: A snowy owl looks very content as it smiles for photographer Edward Kopeschny.