From waltzing polar bears to a hippopotamus that should have gone to Specsavers the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are back.
A ceremony on Thursday, November 15, will see this year’s winners announced.
Guaranteed to make you chuckle, the 41 finalists have been selected from thousands of entries.
‘From hilarious to utterly ridiculous humour’
Founded by wildlife photographers and enthusiasts Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards celebrate the best and funniest nature has to offer.
Sullam said: “In just three years this competition has gone from hilarious to utterly ridiculous humour – all provided to us by these fantastic animals.”
The competition also works alongside the Born Free Foundation to highlight the importance of conserving our planet’s beautiful wildlife.
As an office of animal lovers Spectrum Photographic is proud to be the print partner of the awards.
“Conservation and rescue are causes very close to our hearts,” said Spectrum director Hazel Watts.
“I have adopted three rescue bears in Pakistan and China as well as a pangolin in Vietnam.
“We are delighted to support these awards which raise a hugely important issue in a lighthearted and accessible way.”
Among this year’s top entries are a red squirrel doing the splits by Geert Weggen, a shocked sifaka lemur by Jakob Strecker and a face-palming grizzly bear by Danielle D’Ermo.
Sullam and Joynson-Hicks will decide the winners of each category alongside a panel of judges including:
- Wildlife TV presenter Kate Humble
- Actor and comedian Hugh Dennis
- Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas
- Co-founder of Amazing Internet Andrew Skirrow
- Photographer Simon Pollock
- Wildlife expert Will Travers OBE
- Telegraph online travel editor Oliver Smith
- Managing director of Affinity Ashley Hewson
Affinity Photo is sponsoring a new award this year – the Affinity People’s Choice Award – voted for by the public.
Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards started in 2015.
As well as celebrating the often hilarious animals we share our planet with, the awards support Conservation through Competition, promoting the incredible work of international wildlife charity The Born Free Foundation.
This year’s overall 2018 Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year will win a handmade trophy from the Wonder Workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and a one-week safari with Alex Walker’s Serian.
All the finalists can be viewed online here.
A book, celebrating the best and funniest images from the awards is out now.
Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Vol. 2, by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullan, is priced £9.99. Order your copy here.