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10 Funny Photos From The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards

The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards are in full swing with hundreds of hilarious photo entries being sent in from around the world, including these 10 top shots.

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© Robert Dutton / Barcroft Images / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016 


This year's Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards are well underway, with photographers entering funny photos from all corners of the World, including the 10 amusing shots showcased here. If you've not yet entered the competition, you've still got plenty of time to get your entries in as the deadline for entries is 1 October 2016. To enter, visit the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards website where entry is free. 

Last year the competition received 1,502 entries from 52 different countries of animals doing hilarious things from gorillas picking their nose, to a laughing seal and a tumbling leopard.

Among this year's best photos so far include a comedic photo of a cheetah appearing to find something hilarious, a gorilla caught in an unfortunate position and a baby elephant face planting the ground.



© Markus Pavlowsky / Barcroft Images / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016 


The panel of judges comprises of wildlife experts and household names including; comedian, Hugh Dennis, wildlife TV presenter Kate Humble, African landscape photographer Tom Sullam, wildlife expert and President of Born Free USA Will Travers OBE and The Comedy Wildlife Awards Founder and wildlife photographer, Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE.



© Charles Kinsey / Barcroft Images / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016 



Panel 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."



© Mary Swaby / Barcroft Images / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016 


Working alongside international wildlife charity The Born Free Foundation the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards launched by Sullam and Joynson-Hicks hopes to share with the public the true playfulness of the animal kingdom. However, there is a serious message behind the competition to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment for the world's creatures.  Sullam said: "One of the key aspects of our competition, apart from enjoying wildlife doing funny things, is to highlight the tragic state of many wildlife species around the world and to create awareness for conservation issues which is why we have a wonderful partnership with the Born Free Foundation. We will be sharing revenue with the Born Free Foundation as well as promoting their incredible work."

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



© Cedric Favero / Barcroft Images / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016 


© Will Saunders / Barcroft Images / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016  



© Rosario L Cordoba / Barcroft Images / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016  



© Alexander Pfeiffer / Barcroft Images / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016  


© Richard Gibson / Barcroft Images / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016  



© Edward Kopeschny / Barcroft Images / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016  

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