On the morning of September 29, the finalists for the Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2021 were announced.
The Animal Support Angels charity supports pets and pet owners by providing food, shelter, warmth, veterinary support, re-homing and animal welfare care to relieve the suffering of animals.
Founder-Trustee of Animal Support Angels, Amanda Broone, said: “The amazing donation from the competition has been an absolute lifeline for the charity and means that we can continue to help sick, stray and unwanted animals in need, bringing them into safety and getting them urgent vet assistance."
The Comedy Pet Photo Awards were created to celebrate the positive and vital role that pets can have in our lives and to encourage and raise awareness about animal welfare in general, by supporting a different grass roots charity each year.
Co-founder of the Comedy Pet Photo Awards, Tom Sullam, said: "It has been a very odd 24 months for most of us, but one heart warming life affirming and consistent presence that has kept many of us relatively sane and definitely happier than we might have been: our pet (or pets!).
"This year’s competition, hugely supported by the brilliant team at Animal Friends, has been a revelation to us and to all the pet lovers in the world. Again, too many great images to choose from, and always seems unfair to have a winner, but we have to... so now....Dogs, cats, horses and so many other pets that do so much for our well-being, I want to thank you all."
With 40 shortlisted photos and three videos chosen out of more than 2000 entries, the finalist gallery is guaranteed to leave you chuckling.
With a £2000 cash prize, goodie bag, and a beautiful bespoke trophy up for grabs, the overall winner - and category winners - will be announced in November!
Let's take a look at Pix Magazine's favourite ten photos of the year - and trust me, this was the most difficult decision I've ever made.
This photo by Carmen Cromer from USA, entitled "Jurassic Bark" is of her gorgeous Golden Retriever, Clementine.
"Clementine loves to stick her face in front of the hose while I water the plants. Her expression in this photo made me think of a tyrannosaurus rex, hence the title, Jurassic Bark... duh nuh nuuuh nuhnuh, duh nuh nuuuh nuh nuh, dun duh duuuh nuh nuh nuh nUUUUUUhhhh."
Catherine Falls, from Ireland, submitted this amazing shot, entitled "Sunbathers", saying Barbara Ann wants to sunbathe, too.
Zoe Ross from the UK, submitted this odd yet hilarious photo "Whizz Pop".
"Playing with bubbles in the garden. I think I may of swallowed one."
Molly Cheary's funny pet selfie shot entitled "Photo Bomb" was taken in Poole, UK.
"Bailey was so excited to see her friends, she couldn't sit still for a photo!"
UK-based Kathryn Clark's drinking buddy, Blue, stars in this photo entitled "Wine Time".
"It's that time of day again! Little Blue enjoys it almost as much as me :-)"
Jacki Gordon, from Scotland, captured this funny photo entitled "Home Skooling".
"Ollie, highly focused on what else he can learn from a dog behaviourist's website (which, as you can see, features a mugshot of him).While Ollie is committed to ongoing personal development, he's not quite mastered how to use the mouse , but - being a very smart border collie - that's just a matter of time."
Ken Whalley from the UK managed to get this great shot entitled "Freddie and Allison" with their twinning hairstyles!
"Freddie's the one with the brown nose."
Christine Johnson made the most out of the Liverpool statues at Crosby Beach with this photo entitled "Excuse me, could we have our ball back please?"
"Star and Will trying to get their ball back from one of the Crosby statues."
Colin Doyle's "Nosy Neighbour" from the UK makes for a hilarious image.
"According to Ozzy we need a new fence panel ASAP. He is fed up with Chester our nosy next door neighbour spying on him every time he has a meal."
This "Long Cow" was spotted in Italy by Pier Luigi Dodi.
"Optical illusion or gene mutation?!"