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Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Finalists Announced!

Prepare to howl like a hyena, cackle like a crow,  and…err…laugh like a human: the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Finalists have been announced! Now in its third year, the competition once again sheds light on the hilarious side of animal behaviour – with this year’s finalists set to raise the smile-shaped stakes.

The competition was founded by wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and African landscape photographer Tom Sullan, using laughter to get people talking about conservation.

“Conservation was always at the heart of the competition,” said Sullam, “along with the fact that people seemed to enjoy images of animals doing entertaining things!

“But essentially living in a country that has some of the best wildlife in the world – Tanzania – and seeing how destructive human actions can be to this wildlife, made us want to do our little bit to help.”

This lead to the creation of the awards to raise awareness, focusing on the humourous moments in nature captured by photographers with an eye for the funnies.

2017 proves to be no disappointment from the previous, with top entries including a grooving kangaroo, a mustachioed hare, and a gorilla locked in a twisting gurn. Selected from more than 3,500 entries across a whopping 86 countries, these gems are guaranteed to make you smile.

Judges alongside the organisers include wildlife TV presenter Kate Humble, wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas, actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, and more. The judges are looking not only for maximum hilarity, but top-draw technical skills.

Alongside the competition they are releasing two books: the ‘Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards’ and ‘Wild and Crazy: Photos from the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards’, both available in stores and on Amazon.

The winners will be announced December 14th, but for now take a look at the finalists below:

Andrea Zampatti (Italy) © ‘The laughing dormouse’
Tanakit Suwanyangyaun (Thailand) © ‘Say Cheese !’
Tibor Kercz (Hungary) © ‘Help !!!’
Paulette Struckman (United States) © ‘Gnu’s Flash’
Tina Stehr (Canada) © ‘Wild about laughing’
Penny Palmer (United States) © ‘Cheering sea otter’
Troy MAYNE (Philippines) © ‘Slap’
Roie Galitz (Israel) © ‘Three Tenors’
MIQUEL ANGEL ARTUS ILLANA (Spain) © ‘Military Regiment’
Olivier Colle (Belgium) © ‘Eh, What’s up doc?’
Melissa Usrey (United States) © ‘Burrowing Owlet embarrassed by kissing behind him!’
Nadav Bagim (Israel) © ‘Hide and Seek’
Melissa Nolan (United Kingdom) © ‘Bear necessities’
Monique JÃris (Netherlands) © ‘Headless penguins?’
John Threlfall (United Kingdom) © Duck Speed!
Katy Laveck Foster (United States) © ‘Monkey Escape’
John Sheridan (Ireland) © Cuddling Cubs.
Josef Friedhuber (Austria) © ‘Grimace’
Johnny Kaapa (Sweden) © ‘Superhero’
Linda Oliver (Australia) © ‘Sending a Clear Message’
George Cathcart (United States) © ‘WTF?’
Hannele Kaihola (Finland) © ‘Knockout’
Graeme Guy (Malaysia) © Outsourcing seatbelt checks
JEAN-JACQUES ALCALAY (France) © ‘Animal encounters’
Gill Merritt (United Kingdom) © ‘Lord of the jungle’
Jasmine Vink (Australia) © ‘Chameleon dance’
Esa Ringbom (Finland) © ‘Tease’
Eugene Kitsios (Netherlands) © ‘Smile!’
Douglas Croft (United States) © ‘Must Have Three-putted…’
Carl Henry (United States) © ‘All Dressed And Ready For Church’
Daniel Trim (United Kingdom) © Mudskipper’s Got Talent
Daisy Gilardini (Canada) © ‘Hitching a ride n.4’
Chris Martin (Canada) © ‘Disco Dancer’
Barb D’Arpino (Canada) © ‘MOM, MOM, MOM, MOM’
Budkov Denis (Russian Federation) © ‘Do not worry’
Brian Valente (United States) © ‘Laughing Seal’
Bence Mate (Hungary) © ‘Caught in the Act’
Arkaprava Ghosh (India) © ‘Let Me Clear My Vision’
Aster Leung (Hong Kong) © ‘Which way?’
Andrey Giljov (Russian Federation) © ‘Kung Fu Training (Australian style)’

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Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.

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