Highlights from the 2023 Comedy Wildlife Photography
Highlights from the 2023 Comedy Wildlife Photography: This year’s shortlist includes images of balancing otters, sunbathing sea lions, and other amusing critters.
From a photogenic owl to a guitar-shredding kangaroo, animals are full of surprises.
The finalists for this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards — founded by photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam in 2015 — all have their own amusing talents. The annual photo competition’s shortlist, announced this week, features some of the silliest critters caught on camera, with 41 finalists picked from the thousands of entries into the 2023 contest.
The 2023 People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Affinity Photo, gives the photographers in the running a chance to take home £500 (approximately $600) and is even helping give back by supporting the U.K. conservationist charity, the Whitley Fund for Nature.
This year, TV presenter Kate Humble and comedian Hugh Dennis will serve as judges alongside photographers Daisy Gilardini, Will Bullard-Lucas, and others. The overall winner will be announced on Nov. 23. A week-long safari trip to Kenya is among the prizes for the top photographer.
Last year’s winner was Jennifer Hadley with the photo “Not So Cat-Like Reflexes,” which featured a big cat dealing with a big problem!
“Through the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, we aim to widen understanding and engagement of a sustainable world – and wildlife conservation specifically – for the preservation of biodiversity and the health and enrichment of everyone on Earth,” a statement on the awards’ website reads.
Look below for a selection of finalist photos, and check out the photography awards’ website to see all of this year’s finalists.