Lifestyle Pets See the Wacky, Weird and Wonderful Finalists of the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards The winners of the annual competition, which features hilarious animal photos from around the world, will be announced on October 22 By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines and Ben Trivett Published on September 10, 2021 01:53 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Wenona Suydam/Comedywildlifephoto.com 01 of 32 Arthur Trevino/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2021 The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are back, and PEOPLE has a peek at the silly, sweet, and strange shots that are in the running to win this year's annual competition. Each year, the awards, which Tom Sullam and wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE founded in 2015, gives a grand prize to the overall winner. The photographers who submitted these shots also have a chance to win one of several other categories, including a prize for the people's choice. Read on to see some of the hilarious shots that have a chance to take home the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards' top title on October 22, and be prepared to laugh! 02 of 32 No Vacancy Kevin Biskaborn/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2021 Kevin Biskaborn snapped a shot of a tree stuffed with sweet little bandits. 03 of 32 Peek A Boo Brook Burling captured a similar shot, but with a bit of a different view. 04 of 32 Kings of Comedy Jan Piecha/Comedywildlifephoto.com Raccoons must know humor to make it into so many finalists' photos. Here, Jan Piecha caught the critters trading the secrets to their comedic success. 05 of 32 Hold On Tight Nicolas de VAULX/Comedywildlifephoto.com Don't go anywhere because Nicolas De Vaulx has one more funny raccoon shot for you. 06 of 32 Jump for Joy Lea Scaddan/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2021 Lea Scaddan snapped a shot of two entangled kangaroos who appear to be mid-dance. 07 of 32 To Be or Not to Be Lea Scaddan/Comedywildlifephoto.com Scaddan also caught the marsupials showing off their dramatic side. 08 of 32 Pucker Up Philipp Stahr/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2021 Phillip Stahr's photo wants to know, "Are you ready for a fish kiss?" 09 of 32 Tee Hee Martina Novotna/Comedywildlifephoto.com This seal knows a good joke based on this photo from Martina Novotna. 10 of 32 Three Amigos Joshua Galicki/Comedywildlifephoto.com These feathered friends photographed by Joshua Galicki are in sync down to the waddle of their feet. 11 of 32 Follow the Flipper The penguin friends in Carol Taylor's photo, on the other hand, seem like they may be feuding. 12 of 32 Blinded By the Leaf john speirs/Comedywildlifephoto.com This pigeon John Speirs photographed won't be joining MENSA anytime soon. 13 of 32 Treehugger Jakub Hodan/Comedywildlifephoto.com Jakub Hodan found a monkey that is very in tune with nature. 14 of 32 Privacy Please Gurumoorthy K/Comedywildlifephoto.com It looks like Gurumoorthy Gurumoorthy's subject isn't a fan of the paparazzi. 15 of 32 Say Cheese dikky oesin/Comedywildlifephoto.com Other animals, like Dikky Oesin's frog, were all smiles when they got their picture taken. 16 of 32 Amusing Illusion Dirk Jan Steehouwer/Comedywildlifephoto.com Thanks to some genius alignment, it looks like the monkey in Dirk Jan Steehouwer's photo is riding in style. 17 of 32 Shrug Emoji Dawn Wilson/Comedywildlifephoto.com The bird Dawn Wilson caught on camera does not have the answers you are looking for. 18 of 32 Flying Fail David Eppley/Comedywildlifephoto.com David Eppley's photo proves that birds can be distracted drivers too. 19 of 32 Sing it! Clemence Guinard/Comedywildlifephoto.com It looks like Clemence Giunard caught this monkey mid-opera. 20 of 32 Otter Momager Chee Kee Teo/Comedywildlifephoto.com There's no question about who's in charge in Chee Kee Teo's photo. 21 of 32 Oh Hello! Charlie Page photographed this baby bird at peak sweetness. 22 of 32 Wise and Weary Anita Ross' owl looks like they've heard one too many Tootsie Pop jokes. 23 of 32 I Got Your Back Moms make great scratching posts based on this Andy Parkinson photo. 24 of 32 You Can't See Me Pal Marchhart/Comedywildlifephoto.com Looking at Paul Marchhart's photo, it seems like it would be easy to beat a bear in hide-and-seek. 25 of 32 Cha Cha Cha Rick Elieson/Comedywildlifephoto.com Need new dances moves? Look no further than Rick Elieson's grooving bear. 26 of 32 Max Relaxation Wenona Suydam/Comedywildlifephoto.com Bears had some of the best poses this year, and this Wenona Suydam shot is proof. 27 of 32 Angry Birds Andrew Mayes' winged subject must've woke up on the wrong side of the nest. 28 of 32 OMG Aditya Kshirsagar's snake appears pleasantly shocked. 29 of 32 Catch Me If You Can Roland Kranitz/Comedywildlifephoto.com Roland Kranitz captured what appears to be an extreme animal trust fall. 30 of 32 Lumberjack Cat Siddhant Agrawal/Comedywildlifephoto.com Siddhant Agrawal came across a tiger "hauling" timber. 31 of 32 A Perfect Circle Patrick Dirlam/Comedywildlifephoto.com Patrick Dirlam captured just how round a bird can be. 32 of 32 Bust a Move Sarosh Lodhi/Comedywildlifephoto.com There's no wrong time for a dance party in Sarosh Lodhi's picture.