These are the funniest animal photos of 2018

From penguin bullies to blissed-out squirrels, get an eyeful of the year's most humorous shots of animals, in a competition with a cause.

MANY WILD ANIMALS are known for their majestic beauty, or perhaps their brave ferocity. We often see photos of them in their natural habitat locked in a battle for survival, or scavenging for a meal. Though this behaviour is fascinating to see, nothing elicits the same simple joy as watching them, well, horse around.

That’s the idea behind The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, a competition currently in its fourth year of delivering funny photos of animals being silly. Founded by wildlife photographers and enthusiasts Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks, the competition isn’t all about fun and jokes. They work alongside the Born Free Foundation to highlight the importance of conserving our planet’s wildlife.

 These Are the Funniest Animal Photos of 2018


This year’s competition was flooded with thousands of entries, which Sullam and Joynson Hicks narrowed to 41 hilarious finalists. “In just three years this competition has gone from hilarious to utterly ridiculous humour—all provided by these fantastic animals”, Sullam says.

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By Austa Somvichian-Clausen / National Geographic Writer

Austa Somvichian-Clausen writes for National Geographic News and National Geographic Travel, covering a wide range of topics from river pollution to tree house hotels.

She hails from Los Angeles and now lives and works in Washington, D.C., where she graduated from American University.

She cares deeply about the environment, gender equality, and LGBT rights. A few of her passions include eating food and writing about it, telling people what kind of Asian she is, and following around Samoyeds that she sees on the street. Fun fact: she is a dual citizen of the United States and Iceland.

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