Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards return

Promoting conservation through competition – The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are back.

The unique awards celebrate hilarious, new, dynamic and funny wildlife photography.

Photographers will once again be competing to win the safari of a lifetime with Alex Walker’s Serian in the Maasai Mara, Kenya.

The winner will be the picture combining the ‘best technical excellence with the most amusing content and caption’.

Spectrum Photographic is the print sponsor for the awards.

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

The Comedy and Wildlife Photography Awards were founded by wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks.

Born and brought up in London, Paul moved to Africa in 1993. He currently lives in Arusha to be ‘near the wildlife action’.

Chairman of the judges and competition director Tom Sullam is an award-winning photographer, having won the Fuji Photographer of the Year award along with the One Vision Prize.

The awards started in 2015 for two main reasons.

Firstly, Paul felt there was a need for a photography competition that was ‘light hearted, upbeat, possibly unpretentious and mainly about wildlife doing funny things’.

Secondly, and more importantly, the Comedy and Wildlife Photography Awards aim to get people talking about conservation and supporting the Born Free Foundation.

Promoting conservation through competition, entrants are encouraged to ‘take up the banner of wildlife conversation’.

Supporting Born Free

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards support the Born Free Foundation, founded by Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers and their eldest son Will following Bill and Virginia’s starring roles in the classic film Born Free.

Today the foundation is devoted to wild animal welfare and compassionate conservation. It works to save animals’ lives, stop suffering, rescue individuals and protect rare species.

The charity is determined to end captive animal exploitation, phase out zoos and keep wildlife in the wild.

It also works with locals communities to help people and wildlife live together without conflict.

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How to enter

To enter, visit, complete the online entry form and upload your entries before the deadline of 11.59pm, on June 30, 2018.

Pictures must be of wildlife – so no domestic animals or wildlife in zoos or any other captive environment.

Entrants can submit a total of six images, with a maximum of three images in each category.

Category winners receive a certificate.

The 2018 Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year will win a one-week safari in Kenya for two people with Alex Walker’s Serian (flights not included).

The overall winner also receives a hand-made metal trophy from from the Wonder Workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and a Portfolio Series website from Amazing Internet for one year.

Full terms and conditions of entry, including file formatting and prizes, are on the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards website.