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Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Born from a passion for wildlife, and decades of experience living & working in East Africa, Comedy Wildlife began its life modestly in 2015 as a photographic competition.

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Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Born from a passion for wildlife, and decades of experience living & working in East Africa, Comedy Wildlife began its life modestly in 2015 as a photographic competition. Since then, steered by its founders, Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam, it has grown into a globally renowned competition seen by millions of people every year, with sustainability at its heart and behind all its aims.

The free competition, open to wildlife photography novices, amateurs and professionals, celebrates the hilarity of our natural world and highlights what we need to do to protect it. From a surprised otter to a swearing turtle, Comedy Wildlife’s photographs transcend cultures and ages to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

COMPETITION CATEGORIES
Competition Categories

You can enter a total of up to 10 images, 4 portfolio entries AND an additional 6 entries into the other categories, and 2 videos – that’s it, no more. You can enter up to 3 images into each category, except the Amazing Internet (and they are…) Portfolio category where you have to enter 4 pictures. (More info on the categories below.) The total number of images across all categories must not exceed 10. There is only one category for video.

The Alex Walker’s Serian Creatures of the Land Category

Enter up to three of your funniest pictures of wildlife which lives on the land. Couldn’t be simpler. Don’t panic if the animal, like a squirrel, for example, looks like he is flying, it still lives on the land, so bung it in here. Another thing, remember if your pic is hilarious but in the wrong category, fret not we will put it into the right category, simple as that, aren’t we nice?

The Spectrum Creatures in the Air Category

You guessed it, birds, bats and any other creatures that fly. If you have a funny pterodactyl (and yes, I had to use spell checker) image, put it in, seriously, although that might mean the image is more than 99 years old, so wouldn’t be acceptable, but perhaps worth trying. (Ed. Can someone please stop feeding him coffee)

The ThinkTank Photo Junior Category

This is a category for kids with a talent for taking great and funny wildlife pictures. This year, due to popular demand, we have upped the age limit –  from 16 to 18 years.  So to be clear – you still have to be 18 years old or less. If you’re not, don’t fret just enter another category but if you are, then go for it! I hope that makes sense! If you have a query, ping us an email; PJ and Tom (who run the competition and write this drivel are desperate for emails, as they have no friends.)

The Amazing Internet Portfolio Category

This is a brilliant category and to be honest a hard one. We want a collection of 4 images which are a collection, or portfolio, (that clue is in the category title) of really funny wildlife images. You can put 4 unconnected images in, as your portfolio, but you will get more points if the 4 images are connected, say “4 African Mammal Funny pics” for example, or they can be 4 images which are really funny from a single scene, I think you get where we are going with this one.

The Underwater Category

Ok, you can put an underwater picture of an elephant swimming and farting at the same time, but we would move it into Creatures of the Land, so this category is for creatures (fish mainly to be honest) which live in water. I think there are a few marine mammals, amphibians and reptiles and so on which live in water so the spectrum is broad.  And this year we have a marine super expert  – check out the judges page to find out who – so enter the best you got!!

The Video Clip Category

Listen carefully; this is the category where you can enter up to 2 video clips and each one can be no more than 60 seconds. They should be a maximum resolution of 1080p HD at 30fps with a maximum file size of 150MB but any resolution below that is acceptable too. Videos will be uploaded to Vimeo which accepts most major and popular video types. Please check the Vimeo website if you have any questions.

Please do not add music, captions or anything like that to the video (don’t worry about people’s voices that’s ok), but do make sure you edit it as judiciously (look it up, that’s what Google is for) as possible. Much better if you send us a 15-second clip which is short, sharp and brilliant, rather than us having to trawl through 45 seconds of dull video to find the funny 10 seconds at the end. Edit it, it will increase your chance of success in the competition and the chances of the clip going viral, oh yeah, don’t forget that bit!!

COMPETITION PRIZES
Category winners

If you win one of the categories, you can say that you are an ‘Award Winning Photographer’, I know and if that isn’t enough, you will receive a beautiful certificate.

Overall winner

So now then, onto the Overall Winner – the 2022 Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Oh yes, it’s a massive title and your image(s) will be flying around the world, dazzling millions of people (seriously!). So what are you set to win as a prize?

TROPHY – You will receive a wonderful handmade metal trophy as the Winner from the Wonder Workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

BAGS – Two fantastic photography bags courtesy of competition sponsors

SAFARI – Your prize will be a one-week safari in Kenya for two people with Alex Walker’s Serian (the prize is to be used in one of their Masai Mara-based camps in Kenya). Alex Walker’s Serian intimate safari camps are among the best in Africa and most certainly in the best areas. So they will meet you off the plane and deliver you back, after a one week amazing experience.  

Comedy Wildlife Portfolio Category – Website WINNER

Your prize (yes!) is a wonderful Portfolio Series website from Amazing Internet for one year. Portfolio Series was created specifically for photographers so this is an ideal opportunity to show off and sell your amazing photos!

Comedy Wildlife Portfolio Category – OTHER CATEGORIES WINNER

And for all the other category winners you will win an URBAN ACCESS 8 SLING BAG courtesy of ThinkTank! 

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