The 42 finalists in this year's Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced, each one showing anthropomorphic expressions from the animal kingdom.

image sourceMartina Novotnaimage captionMr Giggles, a grey seal by Martina Novotna, taken in Ravenscar, UK

A seal that appears to be giggling, a baboon that looks like it's singing and a very angry starling – this year's finalists show animals in comedy moments snapped by photographers from around the world.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards were founded by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, both professional photographers and passionate conservationists.

In addition to providing some light-hearted relief, the competition aims to highlight the important message of wildlife conservation in an engaging and positive way, working with competition partner Save Wild Orangutans.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 22 October.

In the meantime, here are a few finalists' entries that might make you smile.

Monday morning mood, by Andrew Mayes, taken in Rietvlei, South Africaimage sourceAndrew Mayesimage captionA pied starlingLet's dance, by Andy Parkinson, taken in Kamchatka Peninsula, Far East Russiaimage sourceAndy Parkinsonimage captionBrown bearsShush! I'm so hungover it hurts, by Anita Ross, taken in San Bernardino County, California, USAimage sourceAnita Rossimage captionA burrowing owlFoot jam, by Brook Burling, taken in Wisconsin, USAimage sourceBrook Burlingimage captionA raccoonTime for school, by Chee Kee Teo, taken in Singaporeimage sourceChee Kee Teoimage captionSmooth-coated ottersSee who jumps high, by Chu han lin, taken in Taiwanimage sourceChu han linimage captionMudskippersThe baboon who feels like a tenor, by Clemence Guinard, taken in Saudi Arabiaimage sourceClemence Guinardimage captionA hamadryas baboonFluff, by Edwin Smits, taken in Groenlanden, Ooij, the Netherlandsimage sourceEdwin Smitsimage captionA Konik horseDancing away to glory, by Sarosh Lodhi, taken in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Indiaimage sourceSarosh Lodhiimage captionLangursSmoked deer for dinner, by Siddhant Agrawal, taken in Jim Corbett National Park, Indiaimage sourceSiddhant Agrawal image captionA tigerDraw me like one of your French bears, by Wenona Suydam, taken in Kodiak, Alaska, USAimage sourceWenona Suydamimage captionA brown bear