The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards has announced the finalists for its 2021 contest, which honors the funniest wildlife photographs captured over the past year. Launched in 2015 by a pair of professional photographers who wished to promote wildlife conservation through humor, the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards received over 7,000 entries from around the world this year, and 42 of those submissions have been selected as finalists. 10% of the net revenue from this year\u2019s awards will be donated to the charity Save Wild Orangutans. \u201cWe were overwhelmed with the number and quality of entries we received this year, with well over 7,000 photos submitted from every corner of the globe,\u201d co-founder Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE says. \u201cIt was an amazing turnout, especially given the impact of the pandemic. \u201cThe huge number of images we receive every year illustrates the appetite there is to engage with conservation and reminds us that wildlife truly is incredible and hilarious and, we must do all we can to protect it.\u201d The Overall and Category winners will be unveiled on October 22nd, and the winner will receive a one-week Kenyan safari as well as a handmade trophy. Here are 23 of the finalists from this year\u2019s contest for your amusement: \u201cChinese whispers\u201d by Jan Piecha. Kassel, Germany. \u201cThe little raccoon cups are telling secrets to each other.\u201d \u00a9 Jan Piecha \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cLaughing Snake\u201d by Aditya Kshirsagar. India. \u201cVine snakes are very commonly seen snakes in western ghats of India. When approached they show aggression by opening their mouth wide open. Nothing to scare of this beautiful harmless Vine snake. I was happy to find it and smiling and It looks like he was smiling back at me.\u201d \u00a9 Aditya Kshirsagar \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cMonday Morning Mood\u201d by Andrew Mayes. Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa. \u201cI took this shot while photographing a group of Pied starlings perched in a tree at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve in South Africa. It perfectly sums up my mood on most Monday mornings.\u201d \u00a9 Andrew Mayes \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cShhhh! I\u2019m so hungover it hurts.\u201d by Anita Ross. San Bernardino county, California. \u201cBurrowing owl youngsters are so amusing to watch. This burrowing owl caught my eye because he looked like he a hangover.\u201d \u00a9 Anita Ross \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cNinja Prairie Dog!\u201d by Arthur Trevino. Hygiene, Colorado. \u201cWhen this Bald Eagle missed on its attempt to grab this prairie dog, the prairie dog jumped towards the eagle and startled it long enough to escape to a nearby burrow. A real David vs Goliath story!\u201d \u00a9 Arthur Trevino \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cTime for school\u201d by Chee Kee Teo. Singapore. \u201cA smooth-coated otter \u201cbit\u201d its baby otter to bring it back to and fro for swimming lesson.\u201d \u00a9 Chee Kee Teo \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cSee who jumps high\u201d by Chu Han Lin. Tainan, Taiwan. \u201cSee who can jump high, you must lose me.\u201d \u00a9 Chu Han Lin \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cThe Baboon who feels like a tenor\u201d by Clemence Guinard. Saudi Arabia. \u201cResting with its pack, down a road in the Saudi Arabian mountains, this Hamadryas baboon started to yawn. But the graceful position of its paws, its fluffy cape, its eyes looking like it put some makeup. In front of the camera, this Baboon was on stage, ready to please its public and to start its tenor\u2019s solo.\u201d \u00a9 Clemence Guinard \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cMajestic and Graceful Bald Eagle\u201d by David Eppley. South West Florida, USA. \u201cBald Eagles will use the same nest for years, even decades, adding new material to it at the beginning and throughout the nesting season. Normally, they are highly skilled at snapping branches off of trees while in flight. Possibly tired from working nonstop all morning on a new nest, this particular Bald Eagle wasn\u2019t showing its best form. Yes, sometimes they miss. Although this looks painful, and it might very well be, the eagle recovers with just a few sweeping wing strokes, and chose to rest a bit before making another lumber run.\u201d \u00a9 David Eppley \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cShaking Off 2020\u201d by Dawn Wilson. Louisiana, USA. \u201cI was photographing brown pelicans on a rainy day in southern Louisiana in early 2021, still in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. As the pelicans woke up, they would shake the water off their bodies before heading out to fish. This particular one almost seemed to be shrugging his shoulders, as if to say, \u2018I have no idea what 2021 will be like.'\u201d \u00a9 Dawn Wilson \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cMonkey riding a giraffe\u201d by Dirk-Jan Steehouwer. Murchison Falls NP, Uganda. \u201cDuring a game drive, we found a group of monkeys playing around with each other, jumping up and down from a bare branch. It was a joy to watch. After a while, I saw a giraffe coming from the right. By the moment the giraffe did pass the branch, one of the monkeys was on his post to ride the giraffe.\u201d \u00a9 Dirk-Jan Steehouwer \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cThe Comedy wildlife\u201d by Gurumoorthy Gurumoorthy. Western Ghats, India. \u201cIndian chameleon this image capture in Western Ghats Tamilnadu (Indian) used camera Nikon D5300 70-300mm lens.\u201d \u00a9 Gurumoorthy Gurumoorthy \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cTreehugger\u201d by Jakub Hodan. Borneo. \u201cThis Proboscis monkey could be just scratching its nose on the rough bark, or it could be kissing it. Trees play a big role in the lives of monkeys. Who are we to judge\u2026\u201d \u00a9 Jakub Hodan \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cI Guess Summer\u2019s Over\u201d by John Speirs. Oban Argyll. \u201cI was taking pics of pigeons in flight when this leaf landed on birds face.\u201d \u00a9 John Speirs \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cOuch!\u201d by Ken Jensen. Yunnan, China. \u201cA golden silk monkey in Yunnan China \u2013 this is actually a show of aggression however in the position that the monkey is in it looks quite painful!\u201d \u00a9 Ken Jensen \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cJust Checking\u201d by Larry Petterborg. South Luangwa national Park, Zambia, Africa. \u201cA male Vervet Monkey was hanging around a bridge over the Luangwa River in South Luangwa National Park looking for some action (handouts from passersby).\u201d \u00a9 Larry Petterborg \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cOpera warm-ups\u201d by Lea Scaddan. Perth, Australia. \u201cThe kangaroo looked like he was singing \u2018the hills are alive, with the sound of music\u2019 in the field.\u201d \u00a9 Lea Scaddan \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cMr. Giggles\u201d by Martina Novotna. Ravenscar. \u201cGrey 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.\u201d \u00a9 Martina Novotna \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cWelcome to Nature!\u201d by Mattias Hammar. Gothenburg, Sweden. \u201cA red damselfly welcomes us into the world of macro nature. It was so amazing to see it climb up the straw, and pause at the intersection to say hi!\u201d \u00a9 Mattias Hammar \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cPeek-a-boo\u201d by Pal Marchhart. Hargita Mountains, Romania. \u201cA young bear descending from a tree looks like he\/she is playing hide and seek.\u201d \u00a9 Pal Marchhart \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cI got you!\u201d by Kranitz Roland. Hungary. \u201cI spent my days in my usual \u201cgopher place\u201d and yet again, these funny little animals haven\u2019t belied their true nature.\u201d \u00a9 Kranitz Roland \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cDancing Away to Glory\u201d by Sarosh Lodhi. Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, India. \u201cA young langur sways its body to give an impression that its dancing.\u201d \u00a9 Sarosh Lodhi \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u201cSmoked Deer for Dinner\u201d by Siddhant Agrawal. Jim Corbett National Park India. \u201cI have been following the family of a tigress called Paaro in India\u2019s Jim Corbett National Park for many years. This is her daughter who has stood on her hind limbs to be able to scratch her face with a log. But, it appears as if she is carrying the log on her shoulders.\u201d \u00a9 Name \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. \u00a9 Siddhant Agrawal \/ Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021. You can find the complete list of 42 finalists as well as vote for the \u201cPeople\u2019s Choice\u201d winner on the contest\u2019s website. You can also find some of the funniest photos from previous years here.