Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

The planet’s funniest animals are back to entertain in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019.

Entries for this year’s competition open at 9am on Friday, March 8, at

Spectrum Photographic is thrilled to once again be a print sponsor for the awards.

Last year saw the widest number of species yet entered including lizards doing the tango, a smiling shark and a singing moose.

But in the end, it was the fabulous photo of a surprised squirrel which triumphed.

Caught in the Act won Mary McGowan a bundle of awards, including the prestigious 2018 Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam co-founded the competition.

Both professional photographers, they wanted to create a photographic competition that focused on the lighter side of wildlife.

Let’s face it – who can fail to laugh, hoot and giggle at beautiful wildlife doing impossibly funny things.

Most importantly though, the competition’s mission is to promote the conservation of wildlife and their habitats through humorous and light-hearted imagery and a positive message.

The Born Free Foundation is once again the official competition partner.

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Caught In The Act, Mary McGowan, overall winner 2018

Conservation at home

This year’s competition also has a new message – ‘What can you do to be a conservationist at home?’.

“We have a whole bunch of ideas, which will be spread out over the year, but we have three wicked ideas which you can tell your readers, friends, families all about,” says Paul.

Shop responsibly

“Yup, this is super easy for everyone to do,” says Paul.

“For example, don’t buy products which have palm oil, because the palm oil plantations are destroying rainforests and thus affecting the global weather.

“Try and avoid un-recyclable products.

“Give yourself a mission – how about one yoghurt pot per person per week of non-recyclable products? It is possible, you know. I have a great mate in London who does just that.”

Water use at home

“Ok, this is the thing, each time you flush the loo we send approximately 20 litres of water down the drain – seriously, its crazy,” says Paul.

“So ‘If its yellow, let it mellow’, you know the rest. Have shorter showers, water your garden a little less.

“Imagine if we all stop flushing our loos each time we did a wee.

“Billions and billions of litres of fresh water would be saved and available to rush down rivers, feed the fish, save the lakes and enable forests and trees and plants to flourish and grow which adds oxygen to our environment as well as supply homes and food for a global plethora of wildlife.”

Become a wildlife influencer

“Yup, you heard it here first,” says Paul.

“This is a special person who may be not an mega activist, but really, really cares about the environment and what is happening so you do a few very simple and easy things.

“For example, encourage your friends and family about some of the simple things we have mentioned above, talk about it on social media, in the pub, at work.

“Does your work place subscribe to some good environmental practices?

“Find really awesome conservation organisations and engage with them on email, or social media.

“Email or write to your local government representative, maybe an MP, a House of Rep, a councillor and find out what they are doing to help the wildlife around the world.

“Hold your elected representatives accountable. You have a voice, we all do, use it and don’t be afraid.

“Lastly – and perhaps most importantly every single thing you do, as an individual, a family, a football club, a work place – makes an impact. Do it.”

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Smiling Blue Shark, Tanya Houppermans, winner Under the Sea category 2018

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards details

Open to the public and free to enter, the competition offers some amazing prizes.

The top shot wins a once-in-a-lifetime safari in the Maasai Mara in Kenya, with Alex Walker’s Serian and the title of 2019 Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

This year’s sponsors are:

  • Alex Walker’s Seiran – On the Land Category
  • Spectrum Photographic – In the Air
  • Amazing Internet – Portfolio
  • Think Tank – Under the Water
  • Affinity Photo – People’s Choice Award

“Spectrum Photographic is delighted to once again be a sponsor for the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards,” says director Hazel Watts.

“We are passionate about fantastic photography, animals and conservation so this competition is the perfect fit for us.”

The fantastically funny entries will pass under the discerning eyes of an impressive judging panel, including:

  • Wildlife TV presenter Kate Humble
  • Actor and comedian Hugh Dennis
  • Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas
  • Wildlife expert and co-founder of The Born Free Foundation Will Travers OBE
  • Travel editor Oliver Smith
  • Affinity Photo managing director Ashley Hewson

This year they will be joined by new judge Celina Dunlop, picture editor of the Economist.

Entrants can submit up to six images, including phone images, plus two video clips of no more than 60 seconds for the video category.

Entrants have until June 30, 2019, to submit hilariously funny shots and clips.

For more information on how to enter visit

Main image: Shane Keena, Peek a Boo, winner of the In The Air award, sponsored by Spectrum Photographic.

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Dancing the Bears, Valtteri Mulkahainen, part of a series, winner 2018 Portfolio category

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