By Hannah Stevens @hannahshewans

BRACE yourself for some rib tickling laughter because the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are back

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Row Your Boat: A superior looking lizard appears to be rowing a boat in the long grass

To celebrate, here’s a look back at some of the best photos that came out of the last two years’ contest.

Some of 2016’s priceless photos include a grizzly bear being slapped in the face by its own salmon dinner, a buffalo looking less than pleased about the trickle of bird poo oozing down his forehead and a gorilla digging for gold up his nose.

Suns Out Wings Out: While taking a quiet swim a grumpy looking bear ends up with wings sprouting out of his neck

Although the competition has provided laughs around the globe, its main purpose has always been to raise awareness of the importance of conserving our planet’s wildlife.

Night Fever: Channeling his inner John Travolta, a lone monkey strikes a pose

Wildlife photographer and co-founder Tom Sullam said: “Conservation was always at the heart of the competition, along with the fact that people seemed to enjoy images of animals doing entertaining things!

Prancing and Dancing: A grizzly bears looks somewhere in between dancing and sneaking in the forest

“But essentially living in a country that has some of the best wildlife in the world - Tanzania - and seeing how destructive human actions can be on this wildlife, made us want to do our little bit to help.

“Raising awareness through photography, getting people involved and using humour as a positive reinforcement of the good things, rather than focusing on the negative imagery that has historically been used - which does have its place in the fight to raise awareness.”

Bad Day: A peeved buffalo stares down the camera as a trail of bird poo trickles down his forehead

Entrants can submit up to three images into each category and up to two video clips of no more than 60 seconds into the video clip category.

Mouthful: A speedy hamster runs home with his lunch tucked away in his cheeks

Amongst this year’s judges are Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards co-founders Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam.

They will be joined by wildlife TV presenter Kate Humble, actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas, wildlife expert Will Travers OBE and the Telegraph’s online travel editor Oliver Smith.

Getting ready: A mischievous looking monkey rolls a perfect snowball ready for a fight

The 2016 competition winner was the, now famous, image of a perky hamster running home his cheeks stuffed full of his lunch, but one of the judges favourites was of a fox diving head first into a snowy bank.

Last year the competition saw 2200 entries from 1000 entrants in 75 countries.

Slap Up Dinner: This grizzly bear got a shock when its dinner decided to fight back

Tom said: “We were blown away by the quality of imagery from 2016 and the competition has truly become one of excellent photography, along with comic timing by the animals. So for 2017, we naturally want to get even more humour from the photographers out there and maintain the incredible standard that has been set by all the successful entrants and also reach an even wider audience.

Paws Up: A friendly young polar bear cubs waves to the camera while its mum has a snooze

“We would love to showcase as many animals as possible to really demonstrate that animal conservation applies across the globe and to every animal species.”

The competition opens on June 2. To enter your hilarious photos visit: