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The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016 Highlights

The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016 Highlights

Among the best early entries this year are photos of a cheetah appearing to find something hilarious, a gorilla caught in an unfortunate position, and a baby elephant face-planting the ground.

The panel of judges is comprised of wildlife experts and household names and includes comedian Hugh Dennis, wildlife TV presenter Kate Humble, African landscape photographer Tom Sullam, and wildlife photographer and Comedy Wildlife Awards founder Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE.

Judge, Tom Sullam said: ‘The essence of the competition is to raise awareness of the wildlife that we live with. Comedy is an essential part of our lives, and there are thousands of occasions when pets and wild animals alike behave in a funny manner.’

Austria’s Julian Rad won the competition last year with his memorable shot of a chubby-cheeked hamster running towards the camera.

The deadline for entries is October 1, 2016, and the overall winner will receive a stunning photographic safari holiday consisting of seven nights in Kenya’s Masai Mara. To be in with a chance to win you can enter the competition for free through the website www.comedywildlifephoto.com.

It's a moment he'll want to forget, if he can: A baby elephant face-plants the ground in Zimbabwe

It’s a moment he’ll want to forget, if he can: A baby elephant face-plants the ground in Zimbabwe

 

These penguins clearly couldn't face being photographed by Charles Kinsey, so they hid their heads - completely

These penguins clearly couldn’t face being photographed by Charles Kinsey, so they hid their heads – completely

 

It's supposed to be hyenas that laugh, but this cheetah in South Africa clearly hasn't read the rule book

It’s supposed to be hyenas that laugh, but this cheetah in South Africa clearly hasn’t read the rule book

 

The one that got away: This pelican in Greece loses it composure completely when it drops its fish supper

The one that got away: This pelican in Greece loses it composure completely when it drops its fish supper

 

Bringing up the rear: A playful lion cub follows its mother a bit too closely in this picture by Douglas Croft

Bringing up the rear: A playful lion cub follows its mother a bit too closely in this picture by Douglas Croft

 

He's ready for his close up: This frog in Poland hops to it and poses for the camera

He’s ready for his close up: This frog in Poland hops to it and poses for the camera

 

Life's most definitely a beach for this kangaroo in Lucky Bay, Australia, who is taking advantage of an unguarded parasol and towel

Life’s most definitely a beach for this kangaroo in Lucky Bay, Australia, who is taking advantage of an unguarded parasol and towel

 

Two adorable little monkeys share a smooch in Kenya. The panel of judges for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards is comprised of wildlife experts and household names and includes comedian Hugh Dennis

Two adorable little monkeys share a smooch in Kenya. The panel of judges for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards is comprised of wildlife experts and household names and includes comedian Hugh Dennis

 

Winging it in style: Four birds walking down the road like they own it in Tanzania. It's one of hundreds of pictures submitted to the award from around the world

Winging it in style: Four birds walking down the road like they own it in Tanzania. It’s one of hundreds of pictures submitted to the award from around the world

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