These Are The Most Hilarious Animal Photos Of The Year

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Wildlife photographs can fill you with wonder and awe, but they can also just be damn hilarious. Its the latter of these feelings that the brand newComedy Wildlife Awards celebrates, encouragingpeople to submit their most amusing animal photos to fit the brief of seeing the funny side of the majestic creatures we love to photograph and protect. This years inaugural competition saw entrants from Saudi Arabia to Finland, but was eventually won by the chubby-cheeked hamster, taken by Julian Rad from Austria.

Some of the other Highly Commended images, from laughing seals to dancing lemurs, are shown below.

A sifaka lemur from Madagascar showing offhis dancemoves.Alison Buttigieg, Finland.

A red deer stag having a little trouble with some foliage, butwinning second place.William Richardson, U.K.

A most unimpressed-looking hippopotamus covered in ox peckers.Marc Mol,Switzerland.

A jolly seal who has clearly just heard a hilarious joke.Jule Hunt,U.K.

A tightly packed parliament of owls, peering out from their nest cavity.Graham McGeorge,U.S.A.

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