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In Pictures: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

22 November 2018
A shocked squirrel has scooped the overall prize in this year's Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.
Out of thousands of entries from around the world, Mary McGowan, from Tampa, Florida, won the overall prize with her photo titled Caught in the Act.
Other entrants included an exasperated bear, a smiley shark and a rhino appearing to wear a tutu.
Here is a selection of some of the hilarious winners and highly commended entries.

Winning photos

image copyrightMary McGowan/CWPA/Barcroft Images
image captionMary McGowan's photo of a shocked squirrel was the overall winner, as well as taking the People's Choice and Creatures of the Land awards
image copyrightShane Keena/CWPA/Barcroft Images
image captionShane Keena won the Creatures of the Air prize with this photo of an owl apparently playing peek-a-boo
image copyrightTanya Houppermans/CWPA/Barcroft Images
image captionSmile for the camera! Tanya Houpperman won the Under the Sea category with this photo of a grinning blue shark
image copyrightArshdeep Singh/CWPA/Barcroft Images
image captionThis surprised owl in Kapurthala, India, won Arshdeep Singh the Junior Award
image copyrightValtteri Mulkahain/CWPA/Barcroft Images
image captionValtteri Mulkahainen won the Amazing Internet Portfolio category with a series of pictures of a family of brown bears in Finland

'Highly Commended' photos

image copyrightKallol Mukherjee/CWPA/Barcroft Images
image captionA rhino appears to wear a peacock-feather tutu in Kallol Mukherjee's highly commended photo, taken in Gorumara National Park, India
image copyrightDanielle D'Ermo/CWPA/Barcroft Images
image captionThis exasperated bear was snapped by Danielle D'Ermo in Alaska
image copyrightRoie Galitz/CWPA/Barcroft Images
image captionRoie Galitz spotted this budding photographer in Svalbard
image copyrightGeert Weggen/CWPA/Barcroft Images
image captionGeert Weggen photographed this red squirrel doing the splits in Sweden
image copyrightBarney Koszalka/CWPA/Barcroft Images
image captionA moose blows a raspberry in Barney Koszalka's photo, taken in Wyoming, US
image copyrightSergey Savvi/CWPA/Barcroft Images
image captionTwo lizards appear to do the tango in Wilpattu, Sri Lanka, in Sergev Savvi's picture
image copyrightSergey Savvi/CWPA/Barcroft Images
image captionSergey Savvi also snapped these two dusky leaf monkeys in a highly dramatic fight in Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is releasing a book, which helps support the Born Free Foundation charity.

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