Friday Fun: The Funniest Animal Photos of 2015 Revealed

Friday Fun: The Funniest Animal Photos of 2015 Revealed

The above image of a wild hamster, cheeks filled with food, expression of quiet determination writ large across its furry brow, has been named the funniest animal photo of the year at the inaugural Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

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.

The funniest animals photos of 2015 revealed
This stag took second place | 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.

The funniest animals photos of 2015 revealed
This gorilla swiped third | 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.

The funniest animals photos of 2015 revealed
This distressed hippo was one of 10 “highly commended” entries | Photo: Marc Mol

Images of animals looking foolish clearly hold a special place in everyone’s heart – regardless of nationality.

The funniest animals photos of 2015 revealed
So too was this graceful cheetah | Photo: Mohammed Alnaser


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Among the judges were Hugh Dennis, the actor and comedian best known for his role in BBC’s Outnumbered, and Kate Humble, the broadcaster and regular contributer to Telegraph Travel, as well as several respected wildlife photographers, such as Will Burrard Lucas and Tom Sullam.

The funniest animals photos of 2015 revealed
This ninja squirrel | Photo: Julian Rad

“It was a pleasure to judge the inaugural Comedy Wildlife Awards,” said Hugh Dennis.

The funniest animals photos of 2015 revealed
This amused sea | Photo: Julie Hunt

He added: “The number and quality of the entries was fantastic. The finalists should be very proud of themselves, as should the animals they photographed, simply for looking so funny. Sadly there is no way of telling them.”

The funniest animals photos of 2015 revealed
This flapping bird | 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.

The funniest animals photos of 2015 revealed
This grinning critter | Photo: Yuzuru Masuda

For more on the awards, see comedywildlifephoto.com. For more on the charity visit bornfree.org.uk.

The funniest animals photos of 2015 revealed
And these clumsy owls | Photo: Megan Lorenz
via Telegraph | Lead image: Julian Rad

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