The annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards—a quirky photography competition specialising in hilarious wildlife snaps—is open for entries. Now in its third year, the final shortlist will be judged by the likes of Kate Humble and Hugh Dennis. What’s not to like?
Check out last year’s entries here.
We’re most used to seeing wildlife-themed photography exhibitions from institutions like the National Geographic and London’s Natural History Museum, but this little comp. is a welcome edition and focusses at the not-so-serious side of nature.
Beyond making us laugh, the competition has an important aim and carries the tagline “Conservation through Competition”:
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, ingeniously titled to avoid any confusion, was the result of two factors: Firstly, a need for a photography competition that was light-hearted, upbeat, possibly unpretentious and mainly about wildlife doing funny things. After its first year, these objectives seem to have been met. Secondly, and way more importantly, this competition is about conservation.
None of us are perfect, all of us at some point will fly somewhere, drive somewhere, cook something, burn something and probably provide some direct input into the general warming of the globe. Indirectly, we will also have some impact on the animals that share this planet with us. So the end result?
By entering this competition it gives both Paul and Tom and the rest of you talented photographers a chance to do a little bit for conservation. How? Well… you are now obviously going to go to your office, home, pub, club or wherever and talk about the dire need for us all to be conservationists in our own little way. Also, perhaps you will go to Born Free’s website and have a look at the work they do and spread that word as well.
The deadline for the 2017 Comedy Wildlife photography awards is coming up on September 30th, so get your entries in quick.