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Nature photography awards have long celebrated the beauty and wonder the planet offers us. There’s a new contest in town that celebrates a different quality of the natural world: the absurdity of animals.

Photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks launched the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards to show “the funny side of the majestic creatures we love to photograph and protect.” While providing comic relief for a world in need of a good laugh, the competition also raises awareness for the Born Free Foundation, an international wildlife group.

Here are the winning images:

  • First Place. Photo credit: Julian Rad

  • Silver Runner-Up. Photo credit: William Richardson

  • Bronze Runner-Up. Photo credit: Oli Dreike

  • Highly Commended. Photo credit: Alison Buttigieg

  • Highly Commended. Photo credit: Charlie Davidson

  • Highly Commended. Photo credit: Graham McGeorge

  • Highly Commended. Photo credit: Marc Moi

  • Highly Commended. Photo credit: Megan Lorenz

  • Highly Commended. Photo credit: Tony Dilger

  • Highly Commended. Photo credit: Yuzuru Masuda

  • Highly Commended. Photo credit: Julian Rad

  • Highly Commended. Photo credit: Mohammed Alnaser

  • Highly Commended. Photo credit: Julie Hunt

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