Prepare to have your day brightened! The Comedy Pet Photo Awards has unveiled the top finalist images for this year and they are nothing short of sensational. As a testament to the hilarious and diverse antics of our beloved pets, this year’s collection includes a victorious cat, a dog impersonating Zorro, a soccer-loving feline ready to strike a free kick, and a dog sweetly embracing an orangutan.

The comedic pet photo competition is the brainchild of professional photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam. The duo created this award to celebrate the essential and positive role that pets play in our lives, as well as to foster a broader conversation about animal welfare.

After a hard-fought contest, only 25 images now remain in the running. These shortlisted entries are currently under the discerning eye of a panel of judges, all of whom are seasoned animal lovers. The panel comprises TV presenter, conservationist, and animal enthusiast Kate Humble, TV presenter and comedian Mel Geidroyc, TV vet and animal welfare advocate Emma Milne, and professional pet photographer Elke Vogelsang.

The suspense will finally break on the 11th of August, when the winners of the 2023 Comedy Pet Awards will be announced. However, the excitement doesn’t stop there!

Tom Sullam, the co-founder of the Comedy Pet Awards, said, “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.”

For all those eager to join the fun, there’s the opportunity to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award. To learn how to vote for your favourite finalist, visit the Comedy Pet Photo Awards website at The choice is yours, so get involved and let’s celebrate the joy that our furry friends bring to our lives!

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