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Here Are The 14 Winners of This Year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography

They are just as wild and funny as anyone would expect.

A new year is on its way, and it is only understandable for people to look back at the things that happened. While some moments are deemed sad, others are worth being proud of. And, oh, let us not forget the funny ones!

Speaking of funny ones, we here at Elite Readers decided it is time to round up the funniest photos of the year. The only catch, however, is that we are about to feature the wildlife. Interestingly, there is an actual competition for this sort of thing. It is even meant to spread awareness about wildlife conservation, and it is called Comedy Wildlife Photography.

Photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks, one of the founders of the competition, was quoted saying:

“It’s been a real success this year, the quality of images has improved substantially and we have had more entries and from more countries.”

Apart from showing you the funny side of these creatures, the competition aims to spread the word about wildlife conservation. And it is somehow doing a marvelous job.

Well, without further ado, here are this year’s winners!

#1. Overall Winner 2017 “Help” And Winner Of Amazing Internet Portfolio Prize Tibor Kerccz For His Sequence Of 4 Owl Images

Source: Tibor Kercz
#2. Winner Of The Alex Walker’s Serian On The Land Category “The Laughing Dormouse” By Andrea Zampatti

#3. Highly Commended “Wtf” By George Cathcart

#4. Highly Commended “Hitching A Ride” By Daisy Gilardini

#5. Highly Commended “All Dressed And Ready For Church” By Carl Henry

Source: Carl Henry
#6. Highly Commended “Must Have Three-Putted” By Douglas Croft

#7. Winner Of The Padi Under The Sea Category “Slap” By Troy Mayne

Source: Troy Mayne
#8. Highly Commended “Cheering-Sea-Otter” By Penny Palmer

Source: Penny Palmer
#9. Highly Commended “Caught In The Act” By Bence Mate

Source: Bence Mate
#10. Highly Commended “Monkey-Escape” By Katy Laveck-Foster

#11. Highly Commended “Eh What’s Up Doc?” By Olivier Colle

#12. Highly Commended “Animal Encounters” By Jean Jacques Alcalay

#13. Winner Of The Kenya Airways In The Air Category “Duck Speed” By John Threlfall

#14. Highly Commended “Mudskippers Got Talent” By Daniel Trim

Source: Daniel Trim

If you want to learn more about the cause and the competition, you can check out their official site here.

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