The Comedy Pet Photo Awards has announced the 25 finalists for this year’s contest, including hilarious photos of a cat “performing his best victory pose,” a dog pretending to be Zorro, a cat poised to take a free kick, and a dog snuggling up to an orangutan.
The Comedy Pet Photo Awards were initially started by professional photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam. They wanted to celebrate the positive influence that pets have on people’s lives and raise awareness for animal welfare at large.
Now that the 25 finalists have been announced for this year’s contest, the shortlisted images will now be judged by a panel of animal lovers, including conservationist and TV presenter Kate Humble, comedian and presenter Mel Geidroyc, TV veterinarian Emma Milne, and professional pet photographer Elke Vogelsang.
“Once again we have been treated to some really funny entries in the competition, and such a wide range of animals this year from ferrets to tortoises to donkeys as well as hundreds of hilarious cats and dogs. The job is now on to find the Overall Winner of Comedy Pets 2023 and of course, the People’s Choice Award winner where everyone can get involved. Go to the website to learn how to vote for your favorite finalist,” says Tom Sullam.
The 2023 Comedy Pet Photo Winners will be announced on August 11. The overall winner will receive a trophy, a £500 cash prize, and a Think Tank bag.
The winners of the individual categories, including Dog, Cat, The Mighty Horse, All Other Creatures Great and Small, Pets Who Look Like Their Owners, and Junior, will receive a certificate marking their accomplishment. The competition also has a video category, although video finalists are not yet available on the Comedy Pet Photo Awards website.
Ahead of the big announcement, the People’s Choice Award is now open for voting.
Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2023 Finalists
Image credits: All images courtesy of the Comedy Pet Photo Awards, individual photographers credited in the captions