Comedy Wildlife Awards Will Make You Squawk

Photos of the Week for 1/23/2019: Comedy Wildlife Awards for 2019, and others. Truly entertaining Photos. Check these out:

By Kingsley Singleton

Do you ever find wildlife photography just a bit too… serious? Then the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are for you! 

‘Waltz Gone Wrong’ by Alastair Marsh

Some of this year’s excellent Finalists include a waving Damselfly by Kevin Sawford, a rockin’ Marmot by Martina Gebert and a farting Penguin by Eric Keller. So there really is something for everyone.

‘Inconspicuous’ by Eric Keller

The global, free-to-enter competition was founded by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, both professional photographers and passionate conservationists. As well as providing some light-hearted relief, it aims to highlight wildlife conservation in an engaging and positive way, working alongside its main partner, The Born Free Foundation.

‘Grab life by the …..’ by Sarah Skinner

The winners were announced on 13 November, with the overall Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year winning an incredible one-week safari with Alex Walker’s Serian in the Masai Mara, Kenya as well as a unique handmade trophy from the Art Garage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

‘Oh My!’ by Harry Walker

Plus, the winner and all the finalists will be featured in a brand-new book, The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Vol. 3 by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam. Published by 535, and available to pre-order here, it will feature all of 2019’s Finalists in glorious detail, plus a whole host of hilarious, unseen images from the competition.  

‘Hello’ by Kevin Sawford

The competition’s judges include wildlife TV presenter and writer Kate Humble, actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas, photographer Simon Pollock, and wildlife expert and co-founder of BFF Will Travers OBE.

‘Chest Bump’ by Thomas Mangelsen

If you are a wildlife photographer, this is an opportunity to watch wildlife more closely, and see if you could capture wildlife in their funny situations. Perhaps you could win a trip to a safari. At least looking at these photos will make you want to check out being a wildlife photographer.

‘Laughing Zebra’ by Peter Haygarth

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© David Lloyd

So now the final five have been selected and the grand winner is David Lloyd’s ‘Bond of Brothers’, illustrating a tender moment of nuzzling between a pair of male lions. David said, “I’m so pleased that this image did well because it illustrates that emotion and feeling is not limited to humans. It’s something I think more people need to be aware of for the sake of all animals.”

David shot the image on a Nikon D800E with a Nikon 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR. The exposure was 1/500sec at f/4.8 and ISO 500, but really, like most wildlife photography, it’s a triumph of planning and patience.

© Matthew Maran

The four Highly Commended images, are also noteworthy, being selected by the public for their creativity, flair and technical skill. Included are Matthew Maran’s excellent street-style shot of an urban fox walking towards graffiti art in London. Matthew’s image was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, at 1/500sec, f/4 and ISO 800.

© Justin Hofman

Justin Hofman’s distressing image of a starving polar bear in the Canadian Arctic was taken with a Sony A7R II and FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 at 1/160sec, f/5.6 and ISO 250.

© Wim Van Den Heever

Also on the list was Wim Van Den Heever with his beautiful shot of three king penguins on a beach in the Falkland Islands. Wim used a Nikon D810 with Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E, at 1/250sec, f/11 and ISO 50.

© Bence Máté

And last but not least there’s Bence Máté whose image features three painted wolves playing with the leg of an impala. Yum. Bence used a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM, shooting at 1/800sec, f/4 and ISO 4000.

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