Comedy photo awards highlight lighter side of life in the wild

Organisers are hopeful the awards can raise awareness about wildlife conservation

Comedy photo awards highlight lighter side of life in the wild

‘Monkey-Escape’ by Katy Laveck-Foster. Image: Katy Laveck-Foster/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards

Life in the wild is no joke for most in the animal kingdom – but it seems there are a few individuals out there who can see the lighter side of life.

The winners of the annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards were announced yesterday with some hilarious captures from around the world.

The awards aim to recognise images that are “light hearted, upbeat, possibly unpretentious and mainly about wildlife doing funny things.”

The organisers are also hopeful it can raise awareness about wildlife conservation and the “the dire need for us all to be conservationists in our own little way”

Fans of the images are urged to take the time to learn about ‘Born Free’ and its endeavours to promote animal welfare and compassionate conservation.

You can see some of the winning images here:

Say what?! by George Cathcart, a shocked seal in San Simeon, California. Image: George Cathcart / Barcroft Images/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards

The Laughing Dormouse by Andrea Zampatti, winner On the Land category. Image: Andrea Zampatti / Barcroft Images/ Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards

Outfoxed by Douglas Croft, a fox appearing to use a golf course as his personal toilet in San Jose, US. Image: Douglas Croft/Barcroft Images/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards

Help! By Tibor Kercz, this owl trying to climb back on to a branch in Ópusztaszer, Hungary, was the overall winner, as well as portfolio winner. Image: Tibor Kercz/Barcroft Images/ Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards

Caught in the act by Bence Mate. Two bears having some night-time fun in Harghita county, Romania. Image: Bence Mate/Barcroft Images/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards

Because I’m happy by Penny Palmer. A happy sea otter in California, US. Image: Penny Palmer/Barcroft Images/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards

Hitch a Ride by Daisy Gilardini. A polar bear cub clambering on to its mum in Manitoba, Canada. Image: Daisy Gilardini/Barcroft Images/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards