Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019 Winners Announced

The funniest and most popular photography competition in the world – The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019 has reached its conclusion and is proud to announce that the OVERALL WINNER of the 2019 competition has been awarded to Sarah Skinner, for her amazing image entitled “Grab life by the ...!”

This year there were a staggering 4,000 entries from 68 different countries, that were then whittled down to 40 finalists, from which Sarah’s image emerged as a clear winner. Taken in Botswana, the winning entry shows the wonderful moment of a cub and adult lion ‘playing’…although the thought of what might have happened next, truly makes the eyes water! Commenting on the good news, Sarah said: “I am absolutely delighted to be awarded the title as Overall Winner in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019. It certainly warms my heart to know that this image will spread some laughter and happiness around the world. I am happy to report that this lioness continues to thrive in the pride, having seen her again in October this year. I can only hope and encourage everyone, as a collective to each do our part in the conservation of all wildlife species, so that future generations can enjoy them, in the same way that I have done during my career as a wildlife photographer. Long may lions walk the plains...

Sarah’s image also scooped up the Creatures of the Land Award, sponsored by Alex Walker’s Serian, who kindly donated the Overall Winner’s prize of a fantastic safari in the Masai Mara, Kenya. She also wins a unique handmade trophy from the Wonder Workshop in Tanzania, a photography bag from THINK TANK, and an iPad preloaded with the Affinity Photo’s award-winning software.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, founded by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, both professional photographers and passionate conservationists, is a global, online and free to enter photography competition, showcasing seriously funny images of the earth’s most amazing wildlife.  In addition to providing some light-hearted relief, the competition aims to highlight the extremely important message of wildlife conservation in an engaging and positive way, working with the main competition partner - The Born Free Foundation. For more information about the competition, go to: www.comedywildlifephoto.com

The Affinity Photo People’s Choice Award, voted for by the public went to Harry Walker for his charming shot of a slightly bemused otter taken in Alaska and titled ‘Oh My.’ This delightful image also won the Olympus Creatures Under the Water Award, proving to be a favourite with the judges as well.

©Harry Walker / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

Other category winners included Vlado Pirsa’s strikingly colourful shot of some birds in Croatia, aptly titled ‘Family Disagreement’ which won the Spectrum Photo Creatures of the Air Award and Elaine Kruer was awarded the Amazing Internet Portfolio Award for “First Comes Love” a series of 4 wonderful images depicting Cape Squirrels in South Africa, seemingly on a journey courtship and love, culminating in a wedding!

©Vlado Pirsa / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

In addition to the Category Winners, there were 12 entries that were recognised as Highly Commended Winners, they were Tilakra Nagaraj, Corey Seeman, Geert Weggen, Tom Mangelsen for both his images, Mike Rowe, Alastair Marsh, Martina Gebert, Eric Keller, Elmar Weiss, Roie Galitz and Txema Garcia Laseca.

©Roie Galitz / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

To celebrate and showcase the fabulous and hilarious images from this year’s competition, Comedy Wildlife Photography Award Volume 3, is now available and is absolutely crammed full of over a hundred awesome images of laugh out loud silliness!

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards send a friendly reminder to;

SHOP RESPONSIBLY.
Try to shop locally and avoid buying un-recyclable products and one-use plastics/packaging.  

RESTRICT WATER USE AT HOME.  
Ok, this is the thing, each time you flush the loo we send approx. 20 litres of water down the drain – seriously, it’s crazy.  Have shorter showers, water your garden less and stop flushing the loo every single time.  This would save billions of litres of fresh water that could support our environment as well as supply homes and food for a global plethora of wildlife.  

BECOME A 'WILD INFLUENCER'. 
This is a special person who may be not a mega activist, but really, really cares about the environment and wants to do something to help. 

For more ideas, please go to: www.comedywildlifephoto.com

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