A contest was held to find this year’s funniest animal photo. Here are 15 of the best.


A hamster has to get somewhere fast. It would also like to eat some nuts, if possible. Finally, it comes up with a genius solution.

Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016
Barb D’Arpino/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016

That solution, miraculously caught on camera by photographer Julian Radd, was the winner of the 2015 Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2015.
Photo by Julian Radd/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2015.

The awards are the brainchild of Tanzania-based photographers Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks, who launched the contest last year.

The pair, along with a panel of judges, runs the competition in partnership with Born Free, a global animal rights group supporting anti-poaching efforts in Tanzania and around the world.

“Instead of drawing attention to wildlife through showing foxes being ripped to pieces by hounds or a bird that’s being slashed open and it’s filled with litter, we just thought, ‘Let’s celebrate the wildlife and raise awareness that way,'” Sullam said.

This year, the group received nearly 3,000 entries. While high-quality photos can be more competitive, the contest ultimately only has one inviolable rule: Be funny.

“The humour scoring outweighs the photographic scoring,” Sullam said.

Here are 15 of this year’s best entries:

1. This cheetah is cracking up.

cheetah cracking up
Photo by Dutton Robert/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016.

2. These one-and-a-half owls.

one-and-a-half owls
Photo by Barb D’Arpino/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

3. This baby elephant is taking a moment to collect itself on the side of the road.

baby elephant taking a moment to collect itself on the side of the road
Photo by Markus Pavlowsky/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016.

4. This field mouse on stilts.

mouse on stilts
Photo by Michael Erwin/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016.

5. These monkeys are not fighting the feeling.

monkeys not fighting the feeling
Photo by Sushil Chauhan/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016.

6. These puffins are going diagonally.

puffins are going diagonally
Photo by Mary Swaby/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016.

7. This eagle, definitely not trying to figure out how to eat you. Not at all.

eagle, definitely not trying to figure out how to eat you
Photo by Will Saunders/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016.

8. This chipmunk, slowly realising it’s in over its head.

chipmunk, slowly realising it's in over its head
Photo by Barb D’Arpino/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016.

9. This seal just saying “Hey.”

This seal just saying "Hey.
Photo by Adam White/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016.

10. This kangaroo enjoying the comforts of modern society.

kangaroo enjoying the comforts of modern society
Photo by Rosario Losano/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016.

11. This fluffy monkey, preparing a vicious sneak attack.

fluffy monkey, preparing a vicious sneak attack
Photo by Nicolas de Vaulx/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016.

12. This odd couple, a chipmunk and a toad, experiencing a deep sensory connection.

odd couple, a chipmunk and a toad, experiencing a deep sensory connection
Photo by Isabelle Marozzo/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016.

13. These squirrels are squirrelling it real hard.

squirrels squirreling it real hard
Photo by Yvette Richard/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016.

14. This wasp with a fancier jewellery collection than you.

wasp with a fancier jewelry collection than you
Photo by Murray Mcculloch/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016.

15. And lastly, this snowy owl, finding its bliss.

snowy owl, finding its bliss
Photo by Edward Kopeschny/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016.

Sullam says he hopes the photos, while silly, reinforce the importance of protecting these animals for those who see them.

“It’s going to get the same impact,” he said. “It’s just not negative.”

The winners will be announced Nov. 9, 2016.

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