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The were started in 2015 by photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam in hopes of boosting wildlife conservation efforts by partnering with .
“Animals can make you laugh without evening knowing why,” Sullam said. “It is the anthropomorphic behavior.”
Although it is only the competition’s second year, over 2,200 entries were submitted by photographers from across the globe.
The winner of the top prize for both the Over and On the Land categories was 36-year-old Angela Bohlke, who captured a red fox face-planting in the snow at Yellowstone National Park.
“I was absolutely shocked to be announced as the overall winner as I was not at all expecting to even be a finalist and there was so many amazing photographs from such skilled photographers in the competition,” she said. “I plan to donate any personal profit from sales of the image back to Yellowstone National Park where this image was taken.”
Bohlke will receive a seven-night photographic safari trip in Kenya’s Masari Mara, courtesy of Alex Walker’s Serian, return flights to Kenya courtesy of Kenya Airways, and a Nikon D810 body and 24-120mm f/4G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR lens from Nikon.
Here are just some of the category winners and the highly commended. Click , 2016 finalists and 2015 winners.