The Winners of the 2018 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Have Been Announced 😍

A picture of a shocked looking squirrel has been declared the funniest animal picture of the year.

The image, called “Caught In The Act”, was taken by Mary McGowan.

On Friday it was named the overall winner at the 2018 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

The winner was chosen from thousands of entries which were whittled down to 41 finalists, with awards dished out in eight categories.

2018 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Caught In The Act (Mary McGowan /www.comedywildlifephoto.com)

 

McGowan’s squirrel photo took home the overall prize as well as the “Affinity People’s Choice Award” and the “Alex Walker’s Serian Creatures Of The Land Award”.

Elsewhere, the “Creatures Of The Air” award went to Shane Keena for his image of an owl peeking over a hill.

2018 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
(Shane Keena/www.comedywildlifephoto.com)

 

And that wasn’t the only owl to feature among the winners—the “Junior” award went to Arshdeep Singh for his image of an owl going to the toilet off the side of a wall.

2018 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Nature Calls… (Arshdeep Singh /www.comedywildlifephoto.com)

 

The “Creatures Of The Sea” category was won by Tanya Houppermans and her picture of a grinning shark, taken while she was snorkelling off Rhode Island in the United States.

2018 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Smiling Blue Shark (Tanya Houppermans/www.comedywildlifephoto.com)

 

Among the other finalists were a bear doing a facepalm…

2018 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Coastal Brown Bear Cub with headache (Danielle D’Ermo/ www.comedywildlifephoto.com)

 

…a rhino stood in front of a peacock…

 

2018 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Rhinopeocock 4 (Kallol Mukherjee Singur/www.comedywildlifephoto.com)

 

…and a polar bear inspecting a camera.

2018 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Wildlife PhotograBear (Roie Galitz /www.comedywildlifephoto.com)

 

As the overall victor, McGowan wins a safari to Kenya as well a handmade trophy and various other goodies.

The annual competition, founded by wildlife photographers and enthusiasts Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks, aims to promote wildlife conservation in a lighthearted way.

People loved McGowan’s squirrel.

A version of this article originally appeared on Press Association.