This Is the Hilarious Winner of the 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Wild animals are majestic, sometimes scary creatures freely roaming the Earth in all their natural, unbounded glory. But let's not forget how hilarious they can be, too. To highlight and celebrate the comedic prowess of animals around the world, we have the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. It's okay — we're laughing with them, not at them.

Founded by Tanzania-based photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam, this competition focuses both on goofy animals shots and wildlife conservation efforts. The photos submitted to the annual competition are judged by a panel of qualified wildlife and photography experts; check out the whole roster here.

Check out some of our favorite finalist photos from the 2017 contest, and scroll to the bottom to see the year's overall winner!

Three king penguins approach the only church on South Georgia Island appearing to be headed for services. Title: "Mom, do we always have to be the first ones at church?"
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother with cub hitching a ride on mama's bum. Wapusk National Park in Manitoba, Canada.
A baby lemon shark grins for the camera. Taken in Bimini, the Bahamas.
A young elephant seal looks shocked at his friend's revelation in George Cathcart's "WTF?!" Taken in San Simeon, California.
A giraffe in Masai Mara, Kenya checks plane safety in Graeme Guy's "Outsourcing Seatbelt Checks."
Blue wildebeest standing on a mound. Taken in Masai Mara, Kenya.
Japanese Macaque, or Snow Monkey, taken at Jigokundani Monkey Park, near Nakano in Japan.
Burrowing owlet embarrassed by kissing behind him. Taken at Salton Sea, California.
A green turtle vs a Napoleon Maori wrasse.
Baby dormouse pictured on the top of a yarrow flower in Monticelli Brusati, Italy.

Overall Winner

An owl sloppily scrambling to get back on a branch with his steadier friends. Title: "Help."

VIDEO: 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Preview

Written by Joanie Faletto November 13, 2017

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