The Hilarious Winners From First Ever Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Every once in a great while, wildlife photographers are in the right place at the right time, allowing them to capture some wildly hysterical moments. These ‘naturally’ funny photos deserve recognition for bringing a sense of humor to the wildest regions on Earth. Paul Joynson-Hicks couldn’t agree more, hence why he has founded a new competition with its roots firmly planted in comedy and wildlife photography.

With over 1500 entries from 52 different countries, the organizers of the First Annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have a good reason to smile. The hilarious submissions gave them a good reason to laugh too;they  shares those special moments that wildlife photographers are rarely able to plan, but are always thrilled to encounter.

Julian Rad was selected and and announced as this year’s winner.And the prize? An incredible 7-day safari in southern Tanzania in East Africa, as well as a new Nikon D750 DSLR with a 24-8mm lens.Of course, Julian is expected to capture at least one funny photo while enjoying his dream African safari trip.lol

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The silver prize runner up this year was photographer William Richardson of the UK, who captured this shot:

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Photographer Oliver Dreike of Tanzania took 3rd place with this one of a gorilla picking its nose:

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Here are some of other highlights of the 2015 competition.All these funny portraits of animals with technical proficiency showcase works that’ll have you admiring nature’s beauty while smiling at its silliness.

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Highly-Commended-Alison-ButtigiegHighly-Commended-Charlie-Davidson

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Highly-Commended-Tony-Dilger

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For all contest info, visit the official website at comedywildlifephoto.com.