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Here Are the Winners of 2017’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

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We are so used to the majesty and fearsome nature of the animal kingdom that we often forget they can also be side-splittingly funny.

Thankfully the annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards acts as a constant reminder that, despite our differences, animals can be just as awkward as we are.

This year’s nominated photos include an enlightened kangaroo ‘practicing Kung Fu’ in the Australian outback, a young elephant seal’s reaction to what one can only assume is some delicious gossip – and a cheeky fox desecrating a golf green.

In one of the most beautifully timed shots, a giraffe appears to have caught a small plane in its mouth while sauntering through Masai Mara, Kenya.

And another sees an owl – usually the most graceful of winged creatures – falling spectacularly off a branch to the complete apathy of its two friends in Hungary.

Photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam founded the awards to shine a light wildlife conservation efforts by injecting humour into the world of wildlife photography.

This year’s winner will receive the enviable prize of an all expenses paid, photographer-led safari in Kenya.