This frog is happy because he made the finals of the contest. This frog is happy because he made the finals of the contest. This frog is happy because he made the finals of the contest. (Photo: Artyom Krivosheev)

Say cheese! Laughing animals sure to bring a smile to your face

An international comedic photo competition is the perfect antidote for a workday.

Yaron Schmid Yaron Schmid's laughing hyena photo.

There's nothing quite like a laughing animal to turn your Monday into a Funday.

That's where the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards come into play. The competition, which shines a light on wildlife conservation efforts in the most smile-inducing way, features more than a thousand submissions from around the world. This year's finalists come from a bevy of global photographers including Yaron Schmid of Israel. The Jerusalem native, whose photo (at right) of a laughing hyena made the finals, is also an animal doctor.

"As a veterinarian, I offer a special look into the eyes and souls of the animals I photograph," Schmid said of his work. "My ability to read and anticipate animal behavior allows me to catch 'special moments' and give you a glimpse into their rich emotional lives and unique personalities."

The winner will be announced on Wednesday. But, in the meantime, these laughing photos are infectious. Our staff spent the better part of the morning searching for more laughing animal photos. Below, we round up some of our favorites.

It looks like this Siberian Husky just heard a good joke.It looks like this Siberian Husky just heard a good joke. (Photo: Twinsterphoto/Shutterstock)

This little guy can't believe the knock knock joke you just told him.This little Crown Maki can't believe the knock knock joke you just told him. (Photo: Jolanda Aalbers/Shutterstock)

This horse looks like he's a Jerry Seinfeld concert.This horse looks like he's at a Jerry Seinfeld show. (Photo: Kwadrat/Shutterstock)

What did one donkey say to the other donkey? We don't know, but it must've been funny.What did one donkey say to the other donkey? We don't know, but it must've been funny. (Photo: Angyalosi Beata/Shutterstock)

Laughing is contagious with these dolphins.Laughing is contagious with these dolphins. (Photo: Benny Marty/Shutterstock)

With a smile like this, this crocodile seems more cute than dangerous.With a smile like this, this crocodile seems more cute than dangerous. (Photo: PunkbarbyO/Shutterstock)

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