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World’s Funniest Pets

The finalists for the 2024 Comedy Pet Photography Awards have been announced!
A brown, curly dog looks to its left as a bubble floats over its head.
©Philippa Huber/Comedy Pets

This photo, called It’s Behind You, is one of the finalists in the 2024 Comedy Pet Photography Awards.

It’s nearly time to find out who will win the 2024 Comedy Pet Photography Awards. The annual contest asks people all over the world to send in their funniest pet pics for a chance at a prize and a little bit of Internet fame.

Founded in 2020 by animal-loving photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, the contest aims to celebrate the way pets can change our lives in a positive way. Joynson-Hicks and Sullam also want to send a message about the importance of animal welfare.

Judges select a winner for each of several categories, including Dog: Our Best Friends, Cat: Our Fabulous Feline Friends, The Mighty Horse, and All Other Creatures Great and Small (animals that aren’t dogs, cats, or horses). There’s also a category called Pets Who Look Like Their Owners and a Junior category for people who are aged 16 or under. The winner of each category receives a certificate.

The overall contest winner—the funniest of funny photos—gets 500 pounds (about 635 dollars) and a camera bag. Last year’s winner, called A Life Changing Event, featured two kittens with very different personalities. Check it out!

A kitten looks out a window as another kitten looms behind it with its front paws outstretched.

© Michel Zoghzoghi/Comedy Pets

This photo won the top prize at the 2023 Comedy Pet Photography Awards.

This year’s winner will be announced on June 6 from a field of 30 finalists. The hilarious photos feature a cat stuck in a wall, a horse that looks headless, a wide-eyed dog searching for (and failing to find) a soap bubble, and much more.

Which of the finalists is the funniest? Check out the slideshow and judge for yourself!

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A bird called a spectacled eider looks a bit like it’s wearing glasses! Spectacles is another word for glasses. 

Closeup of a spectacled eider with a black outline around its eyes.

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The Dog That Took the Bus

A city bus with a dog hanging out the window rides past a cityscape with mountains in the background.

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Pets can make us laugh. They can also surprise us!

On March 22, Genee Mireles was on a local bus in Denver, Colorado, when she noticed an unexpected passenger. Somehow, a dog had boarded the bus and was now sitting alone toward the back of the vehicle. At one point, the dog, a rottweiler mix, wandered around the bus to greet a few people.

“I was just taking my kids to school that morning—we take the bus regularly—and the kids were greeted by the dog. She just came and licked my son,” Mireles told Denverite. The dog even offered a paw to shake.

Mireles noted to herself that the dog looked well fed and well cared for, suggesting that she had a family. Mireles alerted the bus driver, and the bus company staff brought their furry passenger to an animal shelter.

Luckily, the dog had a microchip, a tiny device that is placed under a pet’s skin and contains information about the animal and its owner. The shelter staff learned that the dog’s name is Lily and she’s about 2 years old. They were also able to contact Lily’s family, who had been missing their dog ever since she got out of the backyard. The reunion was sweet. Lily greeted her family with cuddles and a wagging tail. 

Lily’s family has no idea why she got on that bus. Maybe she just wanted to be around people!

All About Pets!

A group of pets includes two cats, two dogs, fish, a snake, a turtle, a hamster, a ferret, a parrot, and a rabbit.

A group of pets includes two cats, two dogs, fish, a snake, a turtle, a hamster, a ferret, a parrot, and a rabbit.

Did you know that some pets have jobs, while others are simply loving pals to their families? You can learn more about pets, and what it takes to have a pet, at Britannica!

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: a person or animal you spend time with or enjoy being with

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