By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans
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Photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam founded the awards to spotlight wildlife conservation efforts and to inject some humour into the world of wildlife photography.
Sullam said: “Conservation was always at the heart of the competition, along with the fact that people seemed to enjoy images of animals doing entertaining things!
“But essentially living in a country that has some of the best wildlife in the world - Tanzania - and seeing how destructive human actions can be on this wildlife, made us want to do our little bit to help.
“Raising awareness through photography, getting people involved and using humour as a positive reinforcement of the good things, rather than focusing on the negative imagery that has historically been used - which does have its place in the fight to raise awareness.”
The standard of competition entries has reached an all-time high and entrants include a tiny springtail peaking out of the bushes doing its best pikachu impression and an indri flashing the A-OK sign through the treetops.
Last year the competition saw 2200 entries from 1000 entrants in 75 countries.
Entrants can submit up to three images into each category and up to two video clips of no more than 60 seconds into the video clip category.
Some of this years highlights include a pair of giraffes appearing to give a passing plane a safety check and a frantic owl clutching onto his branch after taking a tumble.
This year’s head judges are Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards co-founders Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam.
They will be joined by wildlife TV presenter Kate Humble, actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas, wildlife expert Will Travers OBE and the Telegraph’s online travel editor Oliver Smith.
The competition closes on September 30th, so enter your hilarious photos at: www.comedywildlifephoto.com