SLIDESHOW: Winners announced in hilarious animal photography competition

SLIDESHOW: Winners announced in hilarious animal photography competition

(WBTV) - The winners are in! A wildlife photography competition, with a dual purpose of raising awareness and getting a laugh, has announced the winners in its 2016 contest.

Hundreds of hilarious photos were submitted to the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016 from around the world. This year's contest featured over 2,200 entries, according to the organizers, more than 700 photos more than last year.

Working alongside international wildlife charity The Born Free Foundation, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards hopes to share the true playfulness of the animal kingdom with the public.

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However, there is a serious message behind the laughs as the award's aim is to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment for the world's creatures.

"Animals can make you laugh without even knowing why. It is the anthropomorphic behaviour," Judge Tom Sullam said. "There is also such a broad range of animals, from so many countries, that it really raises the awareness of conservation on a global scale."

"Last year was great, but this year has surpassed our expectations," judge and founder of the competition, Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE, said. "There are some phenomenal and dedicated photographers out there, most of whom are not full-time professional photographers, but who deliver equally impressive results."

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The winners were announced in London last week with an American photographer taking the top prize.

Angela Bohlke won in both the Overall and On the Land categories with her entertaining picture of a fox face-planting in the snow. She captured the photo in Yellowstone National Park, according to organizers.

"I was absolutely shocked to be announced as the overall winner as I was not at all expecting to even be a finalist and there were so many amazing photographs from such skilled photographers in the competition," Bohlke  said. "The picture shows a red fox hunting for his morning breakfast, a small rodent, known as a vole. This photograph is from one of the times he unfortunately, however, hilariously missed. On the third try, he finally succeeded.

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Bohlke said she plans to donate any personal profit from sales of the image back to Yellowstone National Park.

The competition has already decided to return in 2017 to look for more of the world's funniest wildlife images.

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