The best entries in the inaugural Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been named
Photo: Julian Rad
The hamster, or rather Julian Rad, the Austrian who captured it, beat hundreds of rivals to the top prize, earning himself a one-week holiday in Tanzania and a Nikon D750 camera in the process.
|Photo: William Richardson|
Second and third place went to a pair of Britons: William Richardson, for his photo of an impeccably camouflaged stag in Richmond Park, and Oliver Dreike, for an image of a gorilla that swears it was just scratching its nose. Honest.
|Photo: Oliver Dreike|
Given that the award is in its first year, the number of entries - more than 1,500 - was impressive, as has been its global reach, with those entries coming from as far afield as Iraq, Macedonia, Uruguay, Belize and Sri Lanka.
|Photo: Marc Mol|
|Photo: Mohammed Alnaser|
|Photo: Julian Rad|
|Photo: Julie Hunt|
|Photo: Charlie Davidson|
In addition to being extremely entertaining, the awards aim to raise awareness of the work of The Born Free Foundation, the conservation and animal rights charity.
|Photo: Megan Lorenz|