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Winner overall winner and animal category: a cheeky image of a squirrel playing hide and seek with a clock, taken in Wein, Germany, by Ina Schieferdecker

From a cheeky squirrel to jumping rabbits: the 11 stunning winning images in a photo competition with nearly 450,000 entries

  • The Cewe annual Photo Award competition has selected its top winners in 10 different categories
  • It invites amateur and professional photographers to take photos that capture the miracle of the ordinary
  • The photo competition is the largest in the world, so the winners on display here deserve their medals in full
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For photos of the seemingly mundane – they are not half bad.

Almost 450,000 snappers entered the prestigious one Cewe Photo Award competition that shows brilliant snapshots of daily life from all over the world – and these are the 11 that have won prizes.

According to Cewe, a photo album and online retailer, it is the largest open photo competition in the world.

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Sharp amateurs went hand in hand with established professionals in 10 categories: people, animals, nature, architecture and infrastructure, landscapes, humor, sports, food, travel and culture, and hobby and leisure.

The winners present a wide range of topics, from a naughty squirrel and a gravity-defying dancer to an old Turkish lady carrying bread.

Scroll down to see the snaps that have broken a gong …

Winner overall winner and animal category: a cheeky image of a squirrel playing hide and seek with a clock, taken in Wein, Germany, by Ina Schieferdecker

Winner overall winner and animal category: a cheeky image of a squirrel playing hide and seek with a clock, taken in Wein, Germany, by Ina Schieferdecker

Winner category people: Janusz Nadolski made this candid snapshot of the daily life of a grandmother in Grochowice, Poland, while he was watching a cartoon while on the phone

Winner category people: Janusz Nadolski made this candid snapshot of the daily life of a grandmother in Grochowice, Poland, while he was watching a cartoon while on the phone

Winner category people: Janusz Nadolski made this candid snapshot of the daily life of a grandmother in Grochowice, Poland, while he was watching a cartoon while on the phone

Winner humor category: Alice Van Kempen, from the Netherlands, made this photo of a dog in a striking coat that clearly matches that of the owner in a house in Kassel, Germany
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Winner humor category: Alice Van Kempen, from the Netherlands, made this photo of a dog in a striking coat that clearly matches that of the owner in a house in Kassel, Germany

Winner humor category: Alice Van Kempen, from the Netherlands, made this photo of a dog in a striking coat that clearly matches that of the owner in a house in Kassel, Germany

Sport category winner: a graceful dancer jumps in the air in Gran Canaria, Spain, in this gravity-defying shot by Thorsten Becker

Sport category winner: a graceful dancer jumps in the air in Gran Canaria, Spain, in this gravity-defying shot by Thorsten Becker

Sport category winner: a graceful dancer jumps in the air in Gran Canaria, Spain, in this gravity-defying shot by Thorsten Becker

Landscape Landscape Winner: Cosmin Stan took a photo of this beautifully creepy foggy morning in Vărăşoaia, Apuseni Natural Park in Padis, Romania

Landscape Landscape Winner: Cosmin Stan took a photo of this beautifully creepy foggy morning in Vărăşoaia, Apuseni Natural Park in Padis, Romania

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Landscape Landscape Winner: Cosmin Stan took a photo of this beautifully creepy foggy morning in Vărăşoaia, Apuseni Natural Park in Padis, Romania

Winner travel and culture category: a man skilfully balances at the end of his boat as he leads him through Lake Inle in Myanmar, in this photo by Anne-Marie Berlin

Winner travel and culture category: a man skilfully balances at the end of his boat as he leads him through Lake Inle in Myanmar, in this photo by Anne-Marie Berlin

Winner travel and culture category: a man skilfully balances at the end of his boat as he leads him through Lake Inle in Myanmar, in this photo by Anne-Marie Berlin

Architecture and infrastructure category winner: Jose Antoine Costa, of Colombes, France, took this photo between the iconic high-rise in Hong Kong

Architecture and infrastructure category winner: Jose Antoine Costa, of Colombes, France, took this photo between the iconic high-rise in Hong Kong

Architecture and infrastructure category winner: Jose Antoine Costa, of Colombes, France, took this photo between the iconic high-rise in Hong Kong

Food category winner: an elderly woman carries a basket of bread in Bigadiç, Turkey, on this humiliating photo of Cihan Karaca
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Food category winner: an elderly woman carries a basket of bread in Bigadiç, Turkey, on this humiliating photo of Cihan Karaca

Food category winner: an elderly woman carries a basket of bread in Bigadiç, Turkey, on this humiliating photo of Cihan Karaca

Hobby and leisure category winner: in this great aerial shot of Anders Andersson - taken in Åled, Sweden - neighbors come together to relax in the pool on a summer day

Hobby and leisure category winner: in this great aerial shot of Anders Andersson - taken in Åled, Sweden - neighbors come together to relax in the pool on a summer day

Hobby and leisure category winner: in this great aerial shot of Anders Andersson – taken in Åled, Sweden – neighbors come together to relax in the pool on a summer day

Nature category winner: This close-up of a pair of rabbits jumping on each other in the sandy soil of Bócsa, Hungary, was broken by Csaba Daróczi

Nature category winner: This close-up of a pair of rabbits jumping on each other in the sandy soil of Bócsa, Hungary, was broken by Csaba Daróczi

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Nature category winner: This close-up of a pair of rabbits jumping on each other in the sandy soil of Bócsa, Hungary, was broken by Csaba Daróczi

Klaus Lenzen received a special prize from the jury for this photo of the Paul-Löwe ​​house in the government district of Berlin

Klaus Lenzen received a special prize from the jury for this photo of the Paul-Löwe ​​house in the government district of Berlin

Klaus Lenzen received a special prize from the jury for this photo of the Paul-Löwe ​​house in the government district of Berlin

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