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The nature photography competitions are now a regular event for lovers of the sector: wild nature is celebrated in its most courtly and austere guise. Someone needed to take care of the most funny, sincere and "earthly" scenes of animal life: luckily the appointment with the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards returns, the competition that plays down the photos of the most prestigious contests capturing the most hilarious and curious aspects of the natural world. Here is a selection of the shots competing this year.

First rule: the theme of the photos must be irony. Second rule: the password, for everyone, is naturalness. The animals must be free, forbidden to portray domestic specimens or kept in captivity.

Above all, an aspect that will make the protagonists of the shots happy, the competition is attentive to conservation issues: the organizers collaborate with the Born Free Foundation, a British organization that works to maintain animal life in its natural habitat. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards want to focus on the importance of preserving the inhabitants of the planet … even with funny photo shots.

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Something must have exasperated this poor meerkat. All the most curious aspects of the world of meerkats

A little shade to take advantage of. Each participant can compete with six photos and two videos, and in six different categories: creatures of the earth, creatures of the air, Junior, Portfolio, underwater photos and videos.

The curious gaze of a puffin (Fratercula arctica, typical bird of the northern Atlantic coasts).

A walk on stilts.

This reptile with its flamboyant livery and with a twig between its legs seems almost ready to play an instrument.

Effusions between brothers. See also other photos of animals with "human" expressions.

Patience has a limit … A loose bridle: lots of curiosity about horses and their history

One of the most exaggerated yawns of the animal kingdom. A compilation of yawns

Small satisfactions: the possibility of stretching in the sun. The most contagious animal smiles

A great classic of optical illusions: penguins without heads. Thanks to their particular double-jointed neck, when they feel itchy on their back these birds bring their heads back up to touch the back, and with the beak they give themselves a nice "scratching".

Do you want to dance with me? Ants' strategies for carrying heavy loads

Group photo for this family of squirrels.

A wary look that keeps the photographer at a distance. And that is almost comical.

In trap (perhaps) for too much voracity.

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