"What does a seal get from sitting on the ice too long at the zoo? Polaroids!" This shot was taken by Julie Hunt, one of 45 finalists in the inaugural Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. Winners will be announced in November. Click on to see more funny animal snaps.
Fireworks light the sky over Copacabana Beach during New Year's Eve celebrations. Rio will host the Summer Olympics in August.
A water slide at the Beachouse entertainment center provides relief in early January. Later in the month, severe thunderstorms hit the region, leaving more than 20,000 properties without power.
A Hindu pilgrim hangs out saris to dry after taking part in the annual holy dip at Sagar Island on January 14. The event is part of the Makar Sankranti festival, which is celebrated through India, Nepal and Bangladesh. <br />
There are 19 tram lines in Milan. But for good views of the city and a chance to ride on one of the vintage trams -- all wooden benches and retro stylings -- the best option is Line 1.
Moreeb Dune is one of the tallest hill climbs in the world. That's why thrill-seekers from across the Gulf region come to the Liwa Desert in January for the Moreeb Dune Festival. Races are held for cars, bikes, falcons, camels and horses.
A worker trims a hedge in Sao Paulo. The city's largest park is Parque do Ibirapuera, home to a museum of modern art and a museum of Brazil's African history.
The serene forests of Kanha National Park are said to have inspired Rudyard Kipling's children's classic "The Jungle Book," which was published in 1894 and made into a Disney film in 1967.
A girl watches an acrobatic performance in Beijing's Longtan Park during Lunar New Year celebrations in February. This is the Year of the Monkey.