The 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards winners have been announced, and this year's crop doesn't disappoint in the humor department with hilarious expressions, amusing antics and even a little fun with perspective.

It wouldn't be the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards without a little laughter! This adorable, pint-sized mouse is basking in the flow of flowers in this year's "On the Land" winner, captured by photographer Andrea Zampatti.

While you may laugh out loud (or at least crack a grin), keep in mind the contest has a serious goal: highlighting wildlife conservation efforts.

2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards overall winner
2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards overall winner is 'Help.' (Photo: Tibor Kercz/2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards)

We get by with a little help from our friends, right? This little guy needed his owl buddies to throw him a limb in this year's 2017 overall winner. Photographer Tibor Kercz captured four sequential images of this owl valiantly trying to join his friends on this branch.

Kercz received a week-long, all-expense-paid, photographer-led safari in Kenya for his winning photos.

2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards In the Air winner
2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards winner of the 'Kenya Airways In the Air' category is 'Duck Speed.' (Photo: John Threlfall/2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards)

Up in the sky! It's a bird; it's a plane -- no it's both? Ducks may not be the fastest birds in the world, but one duck in this group looks like its traveling at "duck speed" in this year's "In the Air" winner taken by photographer John Threlfall.

2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards under the sea winner
2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards winner of the 'Padi Under the Sea' category is 'Slap.' (Photo: Troy Mayne/2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards)

When we think of animals that are in a hurry to get places, we don't necessarily think of turtles. But this one was hustling and didn't have time for his sea creature friends to get in his way! This year's "Under the Sea" winner was captured by photographer Troy Mayne.

'Let Me Clear My Vision'
'Let Me Clear My Vision' is one of 40 finalists in this year's contest. (Photo: Arkaprava Ghosh /Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2017)

This year, more than 3,500 entries from 86 countries were submitted to the contest, which was started by photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam.

The entries were narrowed down to 40 finalists with animals from land, water, and the sky.


'Hitching a ride' is a 2017 finalist.
'Hitching a ride' is a 2017 finalist. (Photo: Daisy Gilardini/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2017)

"Conservation was always at the heart of the competition, along with the fact that people seemed to enjoy images of animals doing entertaining things," said Sullam in a statement. "But essentially living in a country that has some of the best wildlife in the world — Tanzania — and seeing how destructive human actions can be to this wildlife, made us want to do our little bit to help."

A terrifyingly big grin in 'Smile.'
A terrifyingly big grin in 'Smile.' (Photo: Eugene Kitsios/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2017)

Joynson-Hicks and Sullam recently released a new book of some of the funniest photos (the "best of the best," they say) to come through the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. Some of the proceeds go to the Born Free Foundation, a wildlife conservation charity.

Any mom will immediately understand why this photo is called 'MOM MOM MOM MOM.'
Any mom will immediately understand why this photo is called 'MOM MOM MOM MOM.' (Photo: Barb D'Arpino/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2017)

Take a look at more of our favorite finalists, including the fed-up mother owl above who has had it with her little ones.

'Animal encounters'
'Animal encounters' is a 2017 finalist. (Photo: jean-Jacques Alcalay /Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2017)

He needed to get a better view — or maybe he really likes crowd-surfing.

'WTF'
'WTF' is a thing even in the animal kingdom. (Photo: George Cathcart/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2017)

Redditors would have a field day with this elephant seal photo as a meme.

'Outsourcing seatbelt checks'
Fun with perspective in 'Outsourcing seatbelt checks.' (Photo: Graeme Guy/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2017)

It looks like this giraffe is peering into the plane as it comes in for a landing. Maybe this airport employs wildlife as part of the security team.

'Foster Monkey Escape'
All aboard the 'Foster Monkey Escape'! (Photo: Katy Leveck/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2017)

These two monkeys in Indonesia are making a getaway on a borrowed motorcycle.

'Cheering sea otter'
What a cutie in 'Cheering sea otter.' (Photo: Penny Palmer/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2017)

This sea otter is living his best life and loving it. We should all be so lucky.

Brian Valente's photo of a laughing seal is a finalist for the 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.
Brian Valente's photo of a laughing seal is a finalist for the 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards. (Photo: Brian Valente/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2017)

In the end, a hearty belly laugh can feel so good -- even if we are the only ones laughing like this seal!

Editor's Note: This story was originally published in November and has been updated to add new information.

Angela Nelson ( @bostonangela ) is an exhausted mom of two young daughters and two old cats, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning digital editor with more than 15 years of experience delivering news and information to audiences worldwide.