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Have a giggle at the winning photo from the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Have a giggle at the winning photo from the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
(Image credit: Sarah Skinner / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards)

Update: The winning image for the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards has been officially announced - and it's a real doozy! Shot by Sarah Skinner, the amazing image 'Grab life by the…!' has been awarded the top honor. 

Sarah said, "It certainly warms my heart to know that this image will spread some laughter and happiness around the world. I am happy to report that this lioness continues to thrive in the pride, having seen her again in October this year. I can only hope and encourage everyone, as a collective, to each do our part in the conservation of all wildlife species, so that future generations can enjoy them… Long may lions walk the plains…"

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If you thought about it long and hard enough, it's likely that you'd find plenty to frown about in today's world. This is why we like to enjoy a good laugh whenever we can. Thankfully, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards has delivered this opportunity in spades. 

Having recently revealed the finalists for this year's competition, there's plenty of comic relief to give you a good chuckle. Forget noble stags backlit by an autumnal sunset, or owls captured mid-flight as they swoop down on their prey. From an adorably shocked otter, to a pair of brightly colored birds seemingly caught mid-argument, these images prove that nature isn't always as dignified as it might like you to think.

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However, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards isn't all fun and games (although it certainly fulfills this quota!). Part of the competition's raison d'être is conservation. On their website, they say, "None of us are perfect, all of us at some point will fly somewhere, drive somewhere, cook something, burn something and probably provide some direct input into the general warming of the globe. By entering this competition, it gives [us] the chance to do a little bit for conservation."

Sarah Skinner's image 'Grab life by the…!' has been officially announced as the winning photo (Image credit: Sarah Skinner / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards)
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So how can we do our bit? Well, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards has a few suggestions. 

The first is that we should shop responsibly by eschewing products that have palm oil or are un-recyclable. The second is to limit water use at home by having shorter showers, watering the garden less and, er, not flushing the toilet if you've only had a pee (just remember, it's for the planet!).

The competition also points people towards the Born Free website, an international wildlife charity that works to ensure all wild animals, whether living in captivity or in the wild, are treated with compassion and respect. To find out more about this worthy organization, you can view their website here (opens in new tab)

Alternatively, you can pick up a collection of this year's funniest photos (opens in new tab) in the 'Comedy Wildlife Photography Award Volume 3' book, which is crammed full of over 100 rib-tickling images.

Until then, take a gander through these incredible photos to give yourself a good chuckle in the name of wildlife conservation.

(Image credit: Eric Fisher | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019)
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(Image credit: Vlado Pirsa | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019)
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(Image credit: Marion Vollborn | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019)
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(Image credit: Andrew Erlich | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019)
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(Image credit: Harry Walker | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019)
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(Image credit: Corey Seeman | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019)
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(Image credit: Andy Harris | The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards)
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Louise Carey
Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab) and  Digital Photographer (opens in new tab). Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.