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2019’s Comedy Wildlife Awards Will Make You Squawk

Do you ever find wildlife photography just a bit too… serious? Then the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are for you! 

The competition, now in its third year, brings together the world’s funniest nature shots, and has just announced the 40 finalists for 2019 – best of all, you can help decide the ultimate winners.

‘Waltz Gone Wrong’ by Alastair Marsh

Some of this year’s excellent Finalists include a waving Damselfly by Kevin Sawford, a rockin’ Marmot by Martina Gebert and a farting Penguin by Eric Keller.  So there really is something for everyone.

‘Inconspicuous’ by Eric Keller

The global, free-to-enter competition was founded by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, both professional photographers and passionate conservationists. As well as providing some light-hearted relief, it aims to highlight wildlife conservation in an engaging and positive way, working alongside its main partner, The Born Free Foundation.

‘Grab life by the …..’ by Sarah Skinner

The winners will be announced on 13 November, with the overall Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year winning 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.

‘Oh My!’ by Harry Walker

Plus, the winner and all the finalists will be featured in a brand-new book, The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Vol. 3 by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam. Published by 535, and available to pre-order here, it will feature all of 2019’s Finalists in glorious detail, plus a whole host of hilarious, unseen images from the competition.  

‘Hello’ by Kevin Sawford

The competition’s judges include wildlife TV presenter and writer Kate Humble, actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas, photographer Simon Pollock, and wildlife expert and co-founder of BFF Will Travers OBE. 

‘Chest Bump’ by Thomas Mangelsen

But members of the public also get the chance to choose a winner, via the People’s Choice Award! For more details on how to vote for your favourite picture and to be in with a chance of winning a brand new iPad – point your browser at

‘Laughing Zebra’ by Peter Haygarth