If, like us, you could use a little humor in your life right now, look no further than the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, an annual contest showcasing the funniest snapshots in nature photography. This year’s recently announced finalists include sassy birds, wise-cracking monkeys, and a variety of other critters that seem to take on human characteristics. Judged by a panel of experts, the grand prize winner, announced October 22, will be awarded a week-long safari trip in Kenya.
Along with honoring excellence in nature photography, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards promotes a message of conservation. This year, they’re encouraging being a conservationist from home, offering tips like planting flowers for pollinators, shopping locally, avoiding travel that leaves a big carbon footprint, and sharing your own nature photography to encourage others to appreciate wildlife. You can also get involved by selecting your favorites for their People’s Choice Award. Below are a few of our picks from the forty-four finalists.