A contest is looking for the world's funniest pet photo. Here are 23 of the best so far.

A dog striking a cool-guy pose in a bike basket. A horse gliding carelessly a few feet above the grass. A cat taking a #nofilter Instagram selfie. A panel of experts is currently debating the funniest pet photos on Earth — and some of the early favorites are in.

Submissions for the Comedy Pet Photography Awards have been open since January, and the entries so far have not disappointed.

"We wanted to see the funniest photos of pets from across the globe, and to our delight, the entries we've received so far have gone over and above our expectations," said contest co-founder Paul Joynson-Hicks.


The contest was launched by wildlife photographers Paul Johnson-Hicks and Tom Sullam as a spin-off of their highly successful Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, which they started to showcase the best, most offbeat animal photography and raise money and awareness for conservation group Born Free.

Because the focus of this contest is on pet photos, the duo has partnered with the Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Welfare Foundation in the U.K. The awards are currently soliciting donations for both groups through their website.

The inaugural frontrunners for the 2017 Comedy Pet Photography Awards include:

1. This dog paralyzed with dread, powerless to stop the demon bubble's approach.

Photo by Connie Fore/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

2. This cat checking in from downstairs to see what's up upstairs.

Photo by Gabriel Constantin Marian/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

3. This dog enjoying a rejuvenating snow facial.

Photo by Isabelle Marozzo/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

4. This cat lounging in a ceramic bowl.

Photo by Annette Edgar/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2017

5. This dog chilling in a bike basket.

Photo by Simon DeKnock/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

6. This horse casually hovering.

Photo by Nando Harmsen/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

7. This dog strutting into the speakeasy after applying too much rouge.

Photo by Charles Davies/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

8. This cat bouncing you from the club.

Photo by Gabriel Constantin Marian/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

9. This horse just saying, "hey."

Photo by Heather Ross/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

10. This dog achieving its lifelong dream of catching the big tennis ball.

Photo by Sue Carroll/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

11. This kitten enjoying a phantom ice cream cone.

Photo by Claire Stott/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

12. This dog halfheartedly pretending to be awake.

Photo by Jaroslaw Brzezinski/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

13. This horse doing a weird upside-down parrot impression.

Photo by Heather Ross/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

14. This dog smiling its prettiest smile.

Photo by Peter Fonkert/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

15. This cat raining death from above.

Photo by Heather Ross/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

16. This dog trying a little too hard to convey that he loves the birthday present you bought him.

Photo by Connie Fore/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

17. This dog plotting an alternate route around traffic.

Photo by Lance Bellers/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

18. This cat realizing that the Matrix is real.

Photo by Krzysztof Smeljlis/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

19. This dog shaking it off.

Photo by Raquel Marques/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

20. This dog venting its rage at a cold, unfeeling universe.

Photo by Karen Yeomans/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

21. This horse aerating its teeth while its owner laughs.

Photo by Stephen DeHavilland/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

22. This cat taking a grainy morning selfie.

Photo by Katie Tipton/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

23. These cowboy dogs riding off into the sunset.

Photo by Alice van Kempen/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

Since the dawn of social media, millions around the world have waited eagerly for the day when looking at funny pictures of pets on their phones would earn them doing-good-for-the-Earth points.

Thanks to the Comedy Pet Photography Awards, the Humane Society of the U.S., and the Animal Welfare Foundation, that day is finally here.

Soak it in.

The contest is accepting submissions through May 31. Winners will be announced this summer.

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Fortunately, that power can be used for good, and Disney can serve as an example to other companies if they learn from their mistakes, account for their misdeeds, and do the right thing going forward. Without getting too many hopes up, it appears that the entertainment giant may have actually done just that with the new Frozen II film.

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Though there was not a direct portrayal of the Sámi in the first Frozen movie, the choral chant that opens the film was inspired by an ancient Sámi vocal tradition. In addition, the clothing worn by Kristoff closely resembled what a Sámi reindeer herder would wear. The inclusion of these elements of Sámi culture with no context or acknowledgement sparked conversations about cultural appropriation and erasure on social media.

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Sámi leaders met with Disney producer Peter Del Vecho in September 2019.Sámediggi Sametinget/Flickr

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In a contract signed by Walt Disney Animation Studios and Sámi leaders, the Sámi stated their position that "their collective and individual culture, including aesthetic elements, music, language, stories, histories, and other traditional cultural expressions are property that belong to the Sámi," and "that to adequately respect the rights that the Sámi have to and in their culture, it is necessary to ensure sensitivity, allow for free, prior, and informed consent, and ensure that adequate benefit sharing is employed."

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Disney agreed to work with the advisory group, to produce a version of Frozen II in one Sámi language, as well as to "pursue cross-learning opportunities" and "arrange for contributions back to the Sámi society."

Anne Lájla Utsi, managing director at the International Sámi Film Institute, was part of the Verddet advisory group. She told NOW, "This is a good example of how a big, international company like Disney acknowledges the fact that we own our own culture and stories. It hasn't happened before."

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Sounds like you've done well this time, Disney. Let's hope such cultural sensitivity and collaboration continues, and that other filmmakers and production companies will follow suit.

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