Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019 open for entries

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019 are back and open for entries!

Entries are now pouring in at www.comedywildlifephoto.com

Brace yourself - The World-Famous Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are back for 2019, so get ready to be entertained by some of the funniest animals on the planet!

Last year saw the widest number of species ever entered, including two lizards doing the Tango, a smiling shark and a singing moose! But in the end it was the fabulous photo of a surprised squirrel ‘Caught in the Act’ by Mary McGowan, which triumphed overall - winning a bundle of awards, including the prestigious 2018 Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

The competition, which opens on March 8th at 0900 GMT, was co-founded by Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam, both professional photographers who wanted to create a photographic competition that focused on the lighter side of wildlife, and let’s face it - who can fail to laugh, hoot and giggle at beautiful wildlife doing impossibly funny things. But most importantly though, the competition’s mission is to promote the conservation of wildlife and their habitat through humorous and light-hearted imagery and a positive message. Through partnership with the The Born Free Foundation, who are once again the official competition partners, they are helping to ensure that this planet’s wildlife is there for the next generation.

This year's competition brings with it a brilliant message: What can you do to be a conservationist at home?

Here are some of the suggestions:
1. SHOP RESPONSIBLY
Yup, this is super easy for everyone to do. For example; don't buy products that contain palm oil, because the palm oil plantations are destroying rainforests and thus affecting the global weather. Try and avoid un-recyclable products. Give yourself a mission - ok how about one yoghurt pot per person per week of non-recyclable products? It is possible.

2. WATER USE AT HOME
Ok, this is the thing, each time you flush the toilet we send approx. 20ltrs of water down the drain - seriously, it’s crazy. So ‘If it’s yellow, let it mellow’…you know the rest! Have shorter showers and water your garden a little less. Imagine if we all stop flushing our loos each time we did a wee, then billions and billions of litres of fresh water would be saved and available to rush down rivers, feed the fish, save the lakes and enable forests and trees and plants to flourish and grow which adds oxygen to our environment as well as supply homes and food for a global plethora of wildlife.

3. BECOME A ‘WILD INFLUENCER’
This is a special person who may not be a mega activist but really cares about the environment and what is happening, doing a few very simple and easy things. For example, encourage your friends and family about some of the simple things we have mentioned above, talk about it in social media, in the pub and at work. Does your work place subscribe to some good environmental practices? Find really awesome conservation organisations and engage with them via email or social media. Email or write to your local government representative, maybe an MP or councillor, and find out what they are doing to help the wildlife around the world. Hold your elected representatives accountable. You have a voice so don’t be afraid to use it.

Lastly - and perhaps most importantly - every single thing you do as an individual, a family, a football club or a work place makes an impact.

Now in its fifth year and promising to be bigger than ever, the competition is open to the public and free to enter with some amazing prizes to be won - with the top shot winning a once in a lifetime safari in the Maasai Mara in Kenya, with Alex Walker’s Serian and the title of 2019 Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

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