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Prepare to laugh out loud as the finalists of the Comedy Pet Photo Awards are announced

Dog with tongue out
(Image credit: Elke Vogelsang/Mars Petcare Comedy Photo Awards)

The Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards called on all pet and animal lovers to submit hilarious images of their funny furry friends, and the judges have now chosen their favourites to be put forward for the final.

Can hanging from fence

One-year-old Basil loves hanging around (Image credit: Malgorzata Russell/Mars Petcare Comedy Photo Awards)

Featuring 40 pictures which range from the ridiculous to the comically sublime, this gallery of finalist photos (opens in new tab) is a grin-worthy celebration of funny pets and the crazy antics they get up to. 

The top prize of $3850, and the honor of being named 2020 Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photographer of the Year, has meant a hotly fought contest – the finalists have been whittled down from over 2000 entries submitted from over 81 countries in the world.

Dog pulling funny face

This gorgeous mastiff loves making funny faces  (Image credit: Annett Mirsberger/Mars Petcare Comedy Photo Awards)

Now in its second year, the competition was open to all pet owners with either limited or professional photography experience. The competition also has a serious side, as it raises awareness of homeless pets in the UK and raises money for its charity partner, Blue Cross. And what a great way to do it!

Goat in hammock

Even goats need to relax sometimes (Image credit: Robert Prat/Mars Petcare Comedy Photo Awards)

Creator of the awards, Tom Sullam said: "The entries this year have been completely and utterly what we needed to raise our spirits in 2020.

“It has been a tough year for many, but these images have not only made us laugh out loud, but also re-affirmed our desire to drastically reduce animal cruelty and pet orphanage.

“The positive movement created by this competition is so uplifting and hopefully we can achieve a similar reaction from all who see this competition!”

Horses 'laughing'

Gossip Girls (Image credit: Magdalena Strakova/Mars-Petcare-Comedy-Photo-Awards)

And if these 40 aren’t enough any you are craving more crazy creature captures, you can see images from the previous year’s competition on the Comedy Pet Photos Award Instagram page (opens in new tab), and you can watch out for news of the winner by checking out the Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Awards website (opens in new tab).

Jamie Middleton is a freelance editor and writer who has been editing and creating content for magazines and websites for over 20 years. As well as writing about the pets he loves, he has helped create websites about tech and innovation like TechRadar.com, Innovate UK and TechSPARK, written programmes for music festivals, books on inventions and architecture, TV listings magazines, and edited publications about cars such as Lexus, Toyota and Jaguar. In his spare time he writes fiction books and poetry - or at least he does when he is permitted to by his cat Pirate, who enjoys the warmth of laptops too much to allow being creative to get in the way.