The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016 are in full swing - with hundreds of hilarious photos being sent in from around the world.

Among the best early entries this year are photos of a cheetah appearing to find something hilarious, a gorilla caught in an unfortunate position, and a baby elephant face-planting the ground.

The panel of judges is comprised of wildlife experts and household names and includes comedian Hugh Dennis, wildlife TV presenter Kate Humble, African landscape photographer Tom Sullam, and wildlife photographer and Comedy Wildlife Awards founder Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE.

Judge, Tom Sullam said: 'The essence of the competition is to raise awareness of the wildlife that we live with. Comedy is an essential part of our lives, and there are thousands of occasions when pets and wild animals alike behave in a funny manner.'

Austria's Julian Rad won the competition last year with his memorable shot of a chubby-cheeked hamster running towards the camera.

The deadline for entries is October 1, 2016, and the overall winner will receive a stunning photographic safari holiday consisting of seven nights in Kenya's Masai Mara. To be in with a chance to win you can enter the competition for free through the website

 What a hoot: This image by Edward Kopeschny shows one very content snowy owl in Ontario, Canada

Alexander Pfeiffer photographed this horse in Germany shaking its head using a high shutter speed

 A puffin has some fun on the Farne Islands

It's supposed to be hyenas that laugh, but this cheetah in South Africa clearly hasn't read the rule book

Giraffe at a watering hole in Botswana

This seal gave photographer Adam White a wave as it played in the water at Donna Nook in Lincolnshire

These burrowing owls in Cape Coral, Florida, lined up perfectly on this low perch

A red squirrel seemingly praying for the heavy snow to stop in Canada - pictured by Isabelle Marozzo

This Walrus in Norway looks like he's just realised that he's forgotten something

It's a moment he'll want to forget, if he can: A baby elephant face-plants the ground in Zimbabwe

A young fox cub spots the camera from behind a tree in Dillenburg, Germany, and can't resist a grin

This chipmunk in Ontario, Canada, has stuffed her cheeks so full of corn they look ready to pop

This fish, snapped off Sal, Cape Verde, appears to be the happiest in the world

Coo-ee! I'm up here! A harvest mouse appearing to be waving at the camera in Cheshire

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