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The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016 are in full swing – with hundreds of the most funny and offbeat animal photographs being sent in from around the world.

Last year’s competition featured 1,502 entries from 52 different countries, with highlights including a laughing seal, a tumbling leopard and a gorilla picking its nose. The search is on for technically excellent photographs of wildlife doing amusing things, or looking funny, alongside humorous expressions.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, ingeniously titled to avoid any confusion, was the result of two factors: Firstly, a need for a photography competition that was light hearted, upbeat, possibly unpretentious and mainly about wildlife doing funny things. After its first year, these objectives seem to have been met. Secondly, and way more importantly, this competition is about conservation.

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.

A comedic photo of a cheetah appearing to find something hilarious by Dutton Robert for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, South Africa, April, 2012.

A comedic photo of a cheetah appearing to find something hilarious by Dutton Robert for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, South Africa, April, 2012.

A frog and chipmunk share a romantic kiss pictured by Isabelle Marozzo for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Canada, September, 2015

A frog and chipmunk share a romantic kiss pictured by Isabelle Marozzo for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Canada, September, 2015

A harvest mouse appearing to be waving at the camera pictured by Michael Erwin for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Cheshire, England, May, 2016

A harvest mouse appearing to be waving at the camera pictured by Michael Erwin for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Cheshire, England, May, 2016

A macro photograph of honey bee tentacles, titled, Just putting on my pearls before I hit the town, pictured by Murray Mcculloch for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, July 2015

A macro photograph of honey bee tentacles, titled, Just putting on my pearls before I hit the town, pictured by Murray Mcculloch for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, July 2015

A puffin has some fun pictured by Mary Swaby, Farne Islands, June, 2006

A puffin has some fun pictured by Mary Swaby, Farne Islands, June, 2006

A red squirrel prays for the heavy snow to stop pictured by Isabelle Marozzo for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Canada, April, 2015

A red squirrel prays for the heavy snow to stop pictured by Isabelle Marozzo for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Canada, April, 2015

A regular beach day for a kangaroo, pictured by Rosario Losano Cordoba for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, January, 2015

A regular beach day for a kangaroo, pictured by Rosario Losano Cordoba for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, January, 2015

A wild frog poses for the camera pictured by James Sharp for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Poland, August, 2014

A wild frog poses for the camera pictured by James Sharp for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Poland, August, 2014

A yawning lion looks like he is laughing out loud pictured by Marilyn Parver for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Maasai Mara, Kenya, October, 2014

A yawning lion looks like he is laughing out loud pictured by Marilyn Parver for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Maasai Mara, Kenya, October, 2014

An adorable little monkey makes a snowball pictured by de VAULX Nicolas for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Japan

An adorable little monkey makes a snowball pictured by de VAULX Nicolas for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Japan

An inquisitive bald eagle pictured by Will Saunders for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Cordova, Alaska

An inquisitive bald eagle pictured by Will Saunders for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Cordova, Alaska

Cute family of squirrels pictured on a family outing by Yvette Richard for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Canada, June, 2015

Cute family of squirrels pictured on a family outing by Yvette Richard for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Canada, June, 2015

Four birds walking down the road like they own it pictured by Derek Auerman for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Tanzania, October, 2010

Four birds walking down the road like they own it pictured by Derek Auerman for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Tanzania, October, 2010

Gannet finding fishing difficult pictured by Chrys Mellor near Bempton for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, East Yorkshire, England, August, 2016

Gannet finding fishing difficult pictured by Chrys Mellor near Bempton for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, East Yorkshire, England, August, 2016

Giraffe with unusual physical features, coping well at the waterhole, but looking very comical pictured by Monika Carrie for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Botswana, June, 2016

Giraffe with unusual physical features, coping well at the waterhole, but looking very comical pictured by Monika Carrie for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Botswana, June, 2016

One very content snowy owl pictured by Edward Kopeschny for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Ontario, Canada

One very content snowy owl pictured by Edward Kopeschny for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Ontario, Canada

Shooting the head-shaking horse with a high shutter speed pictured by Alexander Pfeiffer for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016

Shooting the head-shaking horse with a high shutter speed pictured by Alexander Pfeiffer for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016

This image was taken off Sal, Cape Verde of the happiest fish in the world pictured by Craig Moore for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Sal, Cape Verde, July, 2016

This image was taken off Sal, Cape Verde of the happiest fish in the world pictured by Craig Moore for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Sal, Cape Verde, July, 2016

Two penguins appear to be walking headless, pictured by Charles Kinsey for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, July 2015

Two penguins appear to be walking headless, pictured by Charles Kinsey for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, July 2015

Whilst shooting the seal playing it decided to give me a wave for the camera pictured by Adam White for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Donna Nook, November 2015

Whilst shooting the seal playing it decided to give me a wave for the camera pictured by Adam White for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, Donna Nook, November 2015

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