Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019 winning image of a lion cub playing with an adult lion

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019 winners

The winner of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019 has been revealed.

Sarah Skinner won this year’s overall prize for her image, Grab life by the…!.

This year saw a staggering 4,000 entries from 68 different countries.

Judges whittled those down to just 40 finalists, with Skinner’s image emerging as the clear winner.

Taken in Botswana, the image shows a cub and an adult lion ‘playing’.

But the thought of what might have happened next truly makes the eyes water.

“I am absolutely delighted to be awarded the title,” said Skinner. 

“It certainly warms my heart to know that this image will spread some laughter and happiness around the world.

“I am happy to report that this lioness continues to thrive in the pride, having seen her again in October this year.

“I can only hope and encourage everyone, as a collective, to each do our part in the conservation of all wildlife species, so that future generations can enjoy them, in the same way that I have done during my career as a wildlife photographer.

“Long may lions walk the plains.”

Skinner’s prize includes a safari in the Masai Mara, Kenya, donated by Alex Walker’s Serian.

She also wins a unique handmade trophy from the Wonder Workshop in Tanzania, a photography bag from THINK TANK, and an iPad preloaded with the Affinity Photo’s award-winning software.

Grab life by the…! also won the Creatures of the Land Award, sponsored by Serian.

This year’s winners

Vlado Pirsa’s strikingly colourful shot of some birds in Croatia, aptly titled Family Disagreement, won the Spectrum Photo Creatures of the Air Award.

The Affinity Photo People’s Choice Award, voted for by the public, went to Harry Walker for his shot of a slightly bemused otter taken in Alaska and titled Oh My.   

Oh My also won the Olympus Creatures Under the Water Award.

Elaine Kruer was awarded the Amazing Internet Portfolio Award for First Comes Love a series of four images depicting Cape Squirrels in South Africa.

Her subjects are seemingly on a journey of courtship and love, eventually culminating in a wedding.

The Highly Commended winners were:

  • Tilakra Nagaraj
  • Corey Seeman
  • Geert Weggen
  • Tom Mangelsen for both his images
  • Mike Rowe
  • Alastair Marsh
  • Martina Gebert
  • Eric Keller
  • Elmar Weiss
  • Roie Galitz
  • Txema Garcia Laseca

To celebrate and showcase the image from this year’s competition, Comedy Wildlife Photography Award Volume 3 is now available.

The books features of more than 100 images of laugh-out-loud silliness.

Click here to order your copy.

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Volume 3 cover
Cover image: Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Volume 3
© Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is a global, online and free-to-enter photography competition.

Founded by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, both professional photographers and passionate conservationists, it showcases seriously funny images of the earth’s most amazing wildlife.  

In addition to providing some light-hearted relief, the competition aims to highlight wildlife conservation in an engaging and positive way.

The main competition partner is The Born Free Foundation.

To help spread the conservation message, Paul and Tom have shared three top tips:

  • Shop responsibly – try to shop locally and avoid buying non-recyclable products and one-use plastics.
  • Restrict water use at home – have shorter showers, water your garden less and stop flushing the loo every time.
  • Become a ‘wild influencer’ – this is a special person who might not be a mega activist but really cares about the environment and wants to do something to help.

For more ideas, visit:   

Spectrum Photographic is the print partner for the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

We produced Matt C-type prints mounted to PVC.

Main image: Grab life by the…! © Sarah Skinner/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

Comedy Wildlife Photo Safari 2020

Next year, Paul and Tom are launching a new adventure for wildlife photography fans.

In 2020, a limited number of people will be able to join them on an incredible Comedy Wildlife Photo Safari to Tanzania.  

The trip is a limited to a small group who will be with expert photographers and have the chance to enjoy an amazing safari.

See full itinerary here or email for more information.

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