Loving animals from 81 countries entered the Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photography Awards
Startled cats, a yawning rabbit and a trio of laughing horses were among the 2,000 entries to a competition to find the funniest photos of pets taken in 2020.
Ridiculous and sweet animals from 81 countries entered the Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photography Awards.
But a goofy watchdog took the top prize – taking home a top prize of £ 3,000 for his orner.
The little dog, named Noodles, was fooled with his tongue in front of a sign that read “Guard dog on duty”.
Owner Elke Vogelsang’s photo was selected as the winner of the competition, which “aims to celebrate the positive impact of pets on their owners’ lives.”
She said, “” It is wonderful to be associated with something that makes people happy.
“This dog is definitely a state of mind. Happy to share her funny, beautiful face with the world. “
Elke, from Hildesheim, Germany, rescued Noodles from a death shelter in Spain and said she would donate part of her prize to an animal rescue.
She said Noodles, and her other dog Scout, are particularly dear to her, as they alerted her 10 years ago that her husband had collapsed in the bathroom.
“The diagnosis was severe brain haemorrhage due to a ruptured aneurysm,” she said. ‘If it hadn’t been for the dogs, I would have found him too late.
“Thanks to them and great doctors, he survived, but during the stressful months that followed, I found photography a creative outlet.”
Among the other winners were Edinburgh’s Malgorzata Russell, who triumphed in the Cat category with her photo of Basil peeping under a fence, and Magdalena Strakova, whose photo of three horses, named Gossip Girls, won the Mighty Horse category.
Anne Linder won the All Other Creatures award for her picture of a yawning rabbit, while Ayden Brooks was victorious in the Junior category with his picture of a sleepy cat.
The contest, now in its second year, is raising money for the Blue Cross Pet Charity and also aims to raise awareness of homeless pets in the UK.
Check out the other submissions below