The finalists of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2017 have been revealed, and they’re as hilarious as you would expect.
In total, forty finalists have been announced, varying from a shocked elephant seal to a giraffe that’s seemingly eating a plane.
There were more than 3,500 entries for the awards from 86 countries. The winners will be announced on December 14.
The awards were founded by Tanzania-based photographers Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks. They hope that the awards will put a spotlight on wildlife conservation efforts as well as bring some playfulness to wildlife photography.
As Sullam said in a statement:
“Conservation was always at the heart of the competition, along with the fact that people seemed to enjoy images of animals doing entertaining things! But essentially living in a country that has some of the best wildlife in the world – Tanzania – and seeing how destructive human actions can be to this wildlife, made us want to do our little bit to help.”
Here are ten of the funniest finalists featured.
A young elephant seal looks shocked at his friend’s revelation in George Cathcart’s “WTF?!”, taken on December 13, 2016 in San Simeon, California. George Cathcart / CWPA / Barcroft Images
A giraffe checks plane safety in Graeme Guy’s “Outsourcing Seatbelt Checks” on November 17, 2008 in Masai Mara, Kenya. Graeme Guy / CWPA / Barcroft Images
A squirrel pictured scratching himself in Gothenburg, Sweden. Johnny Kaapa / CWPA / Barcroft Image
Mountain Gorilla making grimaces as he came out of the bush after the rain, in Virunga National Park, Rwanda. Josef Friedhuber / CWPA / Barcroft Images
A wild rabbit seen collecting nesting material in Belgium Flanders, Bredene, Belgium. Olivier Colle / CWPA / Barcroft Images
Baby Dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) pictured on the top of a yarrow flower in Monticelli Brusati, Italy. Andrea Zampatti / CWPA / Barcroft Images
Three king penguins approach the only church on South Georgia Island appearing to be headed for services. Titled as Mom, do we always have to be the first ones at church? Carl Henry / CWPA / Barcroft Images
These two monkeys broke away from their group to ‘test drive’ a motorbike parked near the entrance to the reserve in Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve, Indonesia