Pointing penguins and rocking roos among Comedy Wildlife Photo Award shortlist

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2023
The Forest Dandy (Image credit: Delphine Casimir)

Bound to bring a smile to your face and maybe even a chuckle, this year‘s shortlisted images for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards are some of the best yet. The highly anticipated list of photos and videos showcases a diverse array of incredible wildlife including in-dispute birds, cigar-smoking foxes and a rocking out kangaroo on an air guitar.  

The 2023 shortlist features 41 standout photographs, three you've-been-framed-worthy videos, and three captivating portfolio entries. Among these, you'll find a kangaroo shredding an air guitar, penguins giving directions, a graceful otter performing ballet, and an unamused owl feeling the Sunday blues. These amusing entries were carefully selected from a multitude of submissions by both professional and amateur photographers, creating a diverse, laughter-inducing showcase of wildlife.

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The Happy Turtle (Image credit: Tzahi Finkelstein)

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, co-founded in 2015 by professional photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam, has always aimed to highlight the lighter, humorous side of wildlife photography while advocating for wildlife conservation. 

Each year, the competition supports a sustainable conservation organization, and this year, it's in collaboration with the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN), a UK charity dedicated to empowering conservation leaders across the Global South. In their 30 years of operation, WFN has directed £20 million to over 200 conservationists in 80 countries, supporting local solutions to global biodiversity and climate challenges.

Picture me, picture me (Image credit: Dikla Gabriely)

The renowned panel of judges, including TV presenter Kate Humble, actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, wildlife photographers Daisy Gilardini and Will Burrard-Lucas, wildlife expert Will Travers OBE, Ashley Hewson of Serif (makers of Affinity Photo), picture editor Celina Dunlop, underwater film enthusiast Luke Inman, and passionate young conservationist Bella Lack, will have the tough task of selecting the winning entries over the coming weeks.

With the shortlist now available it’s also time for the public to cast their vote in the People’s Choice Award sponsored by Affinity Photo - an industry-leading alternative to Photoshop offering a fast, powerful and fully-featured platform for editing.  Voters will also automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a cash prize of £500 so it's well worth entering. 

No I Told You They Went That Way (Image credit: Jodi Frediani)

On November 23 the overall Winner, category Winners, and highly Commended Winners will be announced via email. The top prize includes an incredible one-week safari with Alex Walker's Serian in the Masai Mara, Kenya, and a unique handmade trophy from the Art Garage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards is immensely grateful for the support of its sponsors: Alex Walker's Serian, Spectrum Photo, Amazing Internet, Think Tank, and Affinity Photo. Without their dedication, this competition would not be possible.

So, get ready to cast your vote, enjoy the hilarious wildlife moments, and support wildlife conservation with the 2023 Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards!

Air Apparent  (Image credit: Paul Goldstein)

Air Guitar Roo (Image credit: Jason Moore)

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2023

Monday Blahs (Image credit: John Blumenkamp)

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

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.