Dramatic marmot, laid-back chimp and laughing zebras lead pack at Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards3 min read

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What a laugh! A dramatic marmot, laid-back chimp and laughing zebras lead the pack at the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

  • Final 40 pictures include laughing zebras showing off their teeth, a playful lion cub and pair of tumbling foxes
  • Also captured on camera for Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is dramatic marmot and a shy hiding bear
  • Tanzania-based wildlife photographers Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks founded the wildlife awards

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From windswept penguins to laughing zebras and playful lion cubs, the fourth annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards has shown adorable creatures joking around and getting up to some silly antics.

A selection of cheeky monkeys are also included in the shortlist of 40 glorious pictures, including a pair caught in an uncompromising position and a baby chimp leaning back and relaxing.

Other confident critters include a marmot who appears to be dramatically performing to the other animals and a sparring pair of foxes who end up taking a tumble.

The awards were founded by Tanzania-based wildlife photographers Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks, who said this year was an ‘absolute delight for the judges with possibly the best entries we have ever had.’

As well as providing a smile, the competition works alongside the Born Free Foundation to highlight a more serious matter – the importance of conserving our planet’s beautiful wildlife.  

Smile! A pair of zebras also made the shortlist for showing off their pearly white teeth to match their beautiful stripes

Smile! A pair of zebras also made the shortlist for showing off their pearly white teeth to match their beautiful stripes

Hold onto your hats! A windswept penguin did not look impressed to be photographed

Strike a pose! This dramatic marmot made sure all the other animals knew it had a point to make and wanted to be listened too while performing in the Austrian Alps

Strong performers! Animals including windswept penguins, left, and a dramatic marmot, right, photographed by Martina Gerbert in the Alps were also picked by judges to be included in the final of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

In the firing line! This bird decided to pause in a very unlucky spot near to a rhino - at just the wrong time - in this funny snap

In the firing line! This bird decided to pause in a very unlucky spot near to a rhino – at just the wrong time – in this funny snap

Cheeky! This playful lion cub stayed a little too close for pouncing practice while out for a walk with its parents

Cheeky! This playful lion cub stayed a little too close for pouncing practice while out for a walk with its parents

Caught in the act! These two were photographed in an uncompromising position but made it into the final 40 photographs

Caught in the act! These two were photographed in an uncompromising position but made it into the final 40 photographs 

Hide and seek! This bear was a touch camera shy

Why did the turtle cross the road? The photographer spotted this animal in an unusual spot

What are you doing there? Photographers spotted animals such as a shy bear, left, and a curious turtle, right, in unusual spots

Cat fight! These lionesses showed off their sparring skills as a heard of zebras gathered to watch the ferocious boxing match

Cat fight! These lionesses showed off their sparring skills as a heard of zebras gathered to watch the ferocious boxing match

Hilarious! This seal doesn't take sea-life seriously and enjoyed having a giggle as a photographer captured an impressive shot

Hilarious! This seal doesn’t take sea-life seriously and enjoyed having a giggle as a photographer captured an impressive shot

Oh dear! It all seemed too much for this sleepy bear, who placed a large paw over its eye while taking a nap on the floor

Oh dear! It all seemed too much for this sleepy bear, who placed a large paw over its eye while taking a nap on the floor

Tickle time! Two playful sea otters were spotted joking around in the water and cheekily trying to tickle each other

Tickle time! Two playful sea otters were spotted joking around in the water and cheekily trying to tickle each other

Show off! A gorilla was snapped throwing his arms into the air and presenting itself to the world in this funny nature picture

Show off! A gorilla was snapped throwing his arms into the air and presenting itself to the world in this funny nature picture

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