A laughing seal, hugging frogs and a startled hippo were among the most hilarious finalists of The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, but it was a photo of a racing rodent by Austrian photographer Julian Rad (left) that took top prize in the inaugural competition in London in 2015.
It’s easy to see why judges had a hard time whittling down to the top 45 finalists announced in Oct. 2015 from among the 1,502 entries the competition received from 52 countries.
The first-ever comedy photo awards for animals in the wild was founded by wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks.
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Credit: Julian Rad, William Richardson/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
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A hamster in “Rush Hour” by Julian Rad took first place, winning a 7 day safari in Tanzania.
“The Comedy Wildlife Awards celebrated the animals that wildlife experiences allow us to be exposed to whilst playing an important role in raising awareness for The Born Free Foundation aimed at saving lives, stopping suffering and protecting species in the wild. The competition brief was ‘seeing the funny side of the majestic creatures we love to photograph and protect.”