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The Funniest Wildlife Photos of 2016

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A photo posted by Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards (@comedywildlifephoto) on Aug 30, 2016 at 8:16am PDT

The middle of October during a presidential election year is a really good time to remember not to take the world so seriously. Case in point: The organizers of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

announced the finalists for the funniest animal photograph of 2016. The competition, in only its second year, is the antithesis of your traditional, staid wildlife photography contests. It’s a light-hearted competition that showcases the inner comedians in the animal kingdom, and it doesn't take itself too seriously. And if these critters make you laugh, that's great! But let’s try to keep them around. A primary reason Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tim Sullam, both based in the United Kingdom, started this competition in 2015 was to promote conservation. Hopefully, by bringing a smile to your face you’ll give the animals that brightened your day a second thought. “Well … you are now obviously going to go to your office, home, pub, club or wherever and talk about the dire need for us all to be conservationists in our own little way,” they write, tongue-in-cheek, on the competition website. So, without further ado, here are a few of the finalists for most comedic wildlife photograph of 2016. You can see more by visiting the competition website

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#BearFail

A photo posted by Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards (@comedywildlifephoto) on Oct 7, 2016 at 12:32am PDT

A happy frog

A photo posted by Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards (@comedywildlifephoto) on Oct 6, 2016 at 10:42am PDT

Sweet cheeks

A photo posted by Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards (@comedywildlifephoto) on Aug 16, 2016 at 8:05am PDT

Foxhole?

A photo posted by Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards (@comedywildlifephoto) on Sep 27, 2016 at 11:56pm PDT

Camouflaged

A photo posted by Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards (@comedywildlifephoto) on Sep 30, 2016 at 1:59am PDT

Meerkat meltdown

A photo posted by Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards (@comedywildlifephoto) on Sep 22, 2016 at 12:52am PDT

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