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Flying hamster and nose-picking gorilla win photo awards!

First Place prize went to Austrian photographer Julian Rad for his shot of a chubby hamster titled Rush Hour. (Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards)
 

We all know that animals can act pretty goofy sometimes. Now, some of them are getting some well-deserved recognition for doing just that in the new Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

Organized by U.K.-born, Tanzania-based photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks, the awards were handed out to those photographers who managed to capture, at just the right moment, animals being their hilarious selves. At the same time, the contest had a serious conservation message: photographers were not to traumatize any of the animals they were photographing or be banned for life from the competition. 

And for the winning photographer there was a cool prize: a one-week trip to Tanzania to hang out and photograph more animals with Joynson-Hicks. What a great trip! Let's have a look at the winning photos.

Silver Winner

Comedy animal photography award - silver winner

If Anyone Asks, You Haven't Seen Me... - a deer in London's Richmond Park (Liam Richardson/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards)

Bronze Winner

Comedy Animal Photography Awards - bronze winner

What You Looking At? I've Almost Got It... - candid moment of a mountain gorilla (Oliver Dreike/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards)

Fourth Place

Dancing Sifaka - majestic looking primate from the genus lemur (named after the sound it makes while in distress: "shi-fak") (Alison Buttigieg/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards)

Fifth Place

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards - fifth place

Geronimo (Charlie Davidson/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards)

Highly Commended

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards - highly commended

Cute-looking owls (Graham McGeorge/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards)

Comedy Wildlife PHotography Awards - highly commended

It's Not Funny! I've Got a Cramp in my Flipper! - seal (Julie Hunt/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards)

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards - highly commended

Help Mum! - you don't want to stand in the way of a hippo (Marc Mol/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards)

Comedy Wildlife Photogaphy Awards - highly commended

Sorry, Am I in Your Way? (Megan Lorenz/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards)

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards - highly commended

The Last Tango (Tony Dilger/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards)

Comedy Wildlife PHotogaphy Awards - highly commended

Did I Really Do That Last Night? (Yuzuru Masuda/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards)