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The finalists of the 2022 Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards

A fake smile from a lioness, a raccoon waving to the camera and a galloping farting zebra are among the 40 images shortlisted for this year's Comedy Wildlife Photo awards. 

Narrowed down from thousands of entries submitted by professional and amateur photographers from around the world, the competition aims to celebrate the hilarity of our natural wildlife.

Co-founded in 2015 by professional photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, the competition aims to focus "on the lighter, humorous side of wildlife photography but also [with] an important role in promoting wildlife conservation at its heart".

"With so much going on in the world, we could all use a bumper dose of fun and laughter and this year's finalists have definitely delivered that,"  Sullam said in a statement.

"When you see these amazing photographs like the one of an elephant seal, trying to use his neighbour’s head as a pillow (and we’ve all been there) or a wallaby at sunset, seemingly about to launch another wallaby into space, it makes you smile and wonder at the incredible animals that are on this earth with us."

The winners will be announced on 8 December.

Here's a look at the finalists. 

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