This cheerful collection of wildlife photos showcases funny moments captured in nature. They form part of this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards—a quirky photography competition specialising in hilarious wildlife snaps.
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. (now in its fifth year) is a welcome edition and focusses on the not-so-serious side of nature.
Founded by Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks—both professional photographers and passionate conservationists—the annual competition aims to highlight the importance of wildlife conservation by showcasing the world’s amazing wildlife in a lighthearted, positive way. This year’s top finalists include a shocked otter by Harry Walker, a waving damselfly by Kevin Sawford, and a chilled-out chimp by Thomas Mangelsen.
Check out the entries for previous years here and here.
Although these images are sure to make you giggle, there’s a serious side to the competition. This year, the contest is going the extra mile to protect our species by providing tips on how to be a “conservationist at home.” From shopping responsibly (e.g. avoiding products containing palm oil) to restricting water usage, these ideas can help towards saving endangered animals in the wild. “Our planet is in distress, we all know that, now we just need to know what to do,” say Sullam and Joynson-Hicks. “Hopefully, we can provide a few small tips to get people started.”
The winners will be announced on 13 November 2019. The Overall Winner will be awarded an incredible one-week safari with Alex Walker’s Serian in the Masai Mara, Kenya as well as a unique handmade trophy from the Art Garage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
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