A hilarious photograph of an apparently delighted dormouse perched atop a flower has won a top prize at the 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.
The adorable snap, which shows the cute rodent climbing up a yarrow flower in the Italian mountains, won the Creatures of the Land category.
The photography competition aims to raise awareness of conservation through comedy – and received more than 3,500 entries from 86 countries.
Its winners, judged by the likes of TV presenter Kate Humble and comedian Hugh Dennis, were announced last night.
They included shots of a couple of randy bears enjoying a moonlit close encounter on a hill in Romania, a couple of mudskippers looking gobsmacked in the mud, and a fox getting a very non-traditional hole-in-one.
A good ol’ chuckle: This adorable snap, which shows a cute dormouse climbing up a yarrow flower in the Italian mountains, won the Creatures of the Land category. The photographer, Andrea Zampatti, 32, from Monticelli in Italy, took the photo while hiking on Mount Guglielmo. He said: ‘I was walking along the track and I began to hear a sharp and strange “call” coming from the edge of the forest. After a few minutes of searching, with amazement and happiness, I found this tiny dormouse’
Love under the stars: A couple of randy bears enjoy some not-so-secret nighttime fun in the snow while silhouetted by moonlight. The photograph was taken by Bence Mate in Harghita, Romania
What are you gawping at? Daniel Trim won highly commended for his snap of two mudskippers fighting over territory in Krabi, Thailand. Mudskippers are amphibious fish known for defending their territory and courting potential mates. They are found in tropical, subtropical and temperate climates. There were several categories in the competition – including On The Land, Up in the Air, Under the Sea, Portfolio, Juniors and the overall winner
What is wrong with you? George Cathcart was highly commended for his shot of a shocked seal in San Simeon, California. The winner of the competition is given a trophy made in Tanzania and a one-week all-expenses-paid safari in Kenya led by photographer Alex Walker Serian
Sonic quack: John Threlfal snagged the Up in the Air category award with this shot of a duck flying in front of a plane trail in Preston, UK
Cheeky monkeys: Katy Laveck Foster was highly commended for her hilarious shot of some monkeys sitting on a moped in North Sulawesi, Indonesia
A little help here, guys? Tibor Kercz’s adorable photo of an owl scrambling in undignified fashion to get back on a branch with his steadier brethren was named the overall winner, as well as the portfolio winner. The stunning shot was captured in Opusztaszer, Hungary
I’m the king of the castle: Jean-Jacques Alcalay was highly commended for his snap of a blue wildebeest appearing to ride a wave of hundreds of other wildebeest in Masai Mara, Kenya
It’s wild up north: Daisy Gilardini was highly commended for her shot of a polar bear cub clambering up its mum’s behind in Manitoba, Canada
Fox Woods? Douglas Croft was highly commended for his photo of this cheeky canine scoring an unusual hole-in-one in San Jose, USA
Gotta get that itch: A rhino scratching using a mound of dirt to scratch his nether regions won the Junior category for Jodie Ramackers
Yeehaw! Penny Palmer was highly commended for her adorable snap of a happy sea otter appearing to celebrate amid the reed in California, United States
Waddling up the aisle: Carl Henry was highly commended for his snapshot of a trio of penguins getting ready to head to church in the British territory of South Georgia
Just a light snack before tea time: Olivier Colle’s adorable photograph of a wild rabbit stuffing its face with grass was also highly commended after he took it in Flanders, Belgium
Excuse me, sir: Troy Mayne won the Under the Sea category for his fantastic photograph of a sea turtle bitch slapping a passing fish in Bacong, Philippines
Pictured left: Tibor Kercz, who won the overall prize. Right: Andrea Zampatti, 32, who managed to snap the memorable image of the jolly dormouse