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Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2022
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The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2022 has just opened for submissions, and this year's panels of esteemed judges are ready to see your laughter-inducing photos and videos. Last year's competitions featured fantastically funny foxes, photobombing squirrels and a monkey reading a newspaper, so who knows what the 2022 competition might bring. 

Despite being in the midst of a pandemic, last year's competition received a record number of entries. Judges were impressed with the incredibly high standard and genuinely hilarious images that were submitted, so hopes for this year are high. The competition is open to anyone from amateurs to seasoned professionals and It doesn’t matter what you shoot on; it could be a top-of-the-range Canon EOS R5 (opens in new tab) or even the iPhone 11 Pro (opens in new tab), so long as it garners a giggle.

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Launched in 2015 by co-founders Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam (who also run the Comedy Pet Photo Awards (opens in new tab)), the competition aims to take a less serious approach to photography with photos that make people smile. Not only does the competition provide some lightheartedness, but it also benefits wildlife conservation projects. Each year the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards chooses a sustainable conservation organization to support, and this year it’s the Whitley Fund for Nature  – a UK-based charity that supports conservation leaders working in their home countries.

Photos can be entered into one of seven categories including creatures of the air, creates of the land, underwater animals, video, junior and a portfolio category. Images will be judged by a panel of comedians, wildlife experts, photographers and passionate conservationists. 

The closing date for the competition is 01 September 2022 and entry to the competition is free! Prizes include a once-in-a-lifetime safari trip to the Masaai Mara in Kenya, a handmade trophy, the prestigious title of Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year and some camera accessories. 

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Hannah Rooke
Hannah Rooke

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.