By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans

THE Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are in full swing, so check out some of the fierce competitors jostling for the top prize this year

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A feather gives a fluffy owl a temporary eye patch in Andres Vejar's "Pirate In Disguise"

Photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam founded the awards to spotlight wildlife conservation efforts and to inject some humour into the world of wildlife photography.

Yamamoto Tsuneo snaps an indri flashing the A-OK sign through the trees in "I'm OK!"

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!

A golf-mad fox checks out its shot in Douglas Croft's "Must Have Three-Putted"
This sassy lion does its best matron impression in Gill Merritt's "Oooh matron - carry on up the jungle!"

“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.

A choir of elephant seals roar their chorus in Roie Galitz's "Three Tanors"

“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.”

Two owls ignore their friend as it takes a tumble off of his branch in Tibor Kercz's "Help!!!"

The standard of competition entries has reached an all-time high and entrants include a tiny springtail peaking out of the bushes doing its best pikachu impression and an indri flashing the A-OK sign through the treetops.

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

A penguin pulls some funky poses in Victoria Stanley's "The Operating System Cannot Run"

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.

This mortified elephant seal holds nothing back in George Cathcart's "WTF?!"

Some of this years highlights include a pair of giraffes appearing to give a passing plane a safety check and a frantic owl clutching onto his branch after taking a tumble.

A nosey bird checks if his neighbour is awake in Kristine Mayes' "Hello? Are You Awake?"

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

Peering through the bushes this springtail perfects its Pokémon impression in Nadav Bagim's "Pikachu!"

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.

The competition closes on September 30th, so enter your hilarious photos at: