Comedy Wildlife Pictures Awards 2021 finalist photos showcase hilarious animals


(CNN) — Gophers goofing around, a laughing snake and racoons seemingly sharing their secrets are among the shortlisted images for the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

The selection of 42 images make up the final shortlist for the competition, which received more than 7,000 entries from around the world, according to a press release on Wednesday.

Other shortlisted images include a gray seal pup that appears to be giggling, a boxfish that looks like it’s pouting at the camera and a grumpy-looking pied starling.

The images were taken from across the globe, including the UK, South Africa, Germany and India.

Two kangaroos fighting in Perth, Western Australia.

Two kangaroos fighting in Perth, Western Australia.

Lea Scaddan/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021

The awards were founded in 2015 by photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, who wanted to promote wildlife conservation through humor, said the press release.

“The huge number of images we receive every year illustrates the appetite there is to engage with conservation and…