PHOTOS: Hilarious animal photo competition hope to raise awareness

PHOTOS: Hilarious animal photo competition hope to raise awareness

(WBTV) - If you need a smile, these photos are sure to do the trick.

The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016 are underway and hundreds of hilarious photos are being sent in from around the world.

According to organizers, last year's competition featured 1,502 entries from 52 different countries. Some of the highlights included a laughing seal, a tumbling leopard and a gorilla picking its nose.

"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," organizers said.

The photographs are being judged by a panel including 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.

"The essence of the competition is to raise awareness of the wildlife that we live with," judge Tom Sullam said. "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."

The competition hopes to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment for the world's creatures.

"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," Sullam explained. "We will be sharing revenue with the Born Free Foundation as well as promoting their incredible work."

Austria's Julian Rad won the competition last year with his memorable shot of a chubbycheeked hamster running towards the camera.

The deadline for entries for this year's competition is October 1. Check out for more information.

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