The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards (CPWA), “quite possibly the funniest photography competition in the world,” according to organizers, has released a series of hilarious images to kick off the 2022 competition.
Established in 2015 by professional photographers Paul Joynson Hicks and Tom Sullam based on their passion for wildlife and decades of experience in East Africa, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards focuses on the lighter side of wildlife photography to promote conservation through humor.
The competition is free to enter and open to novice, amateur and wildlife photography professionals who want to celebrate the serenity of nature while emphasizing the need to protect it.
The competition supports a sustainable conservation organization each year and in 2022 is partnering with the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN), a UK charity that helps conservation leaders working in their home countries in the Global South. In 29 years it has donated £19m to more than 200 conservationists in 80 countries.
Photographers can submit up to 10 images in six categories: Creatures of the Air, Creatures of the Land, Underwater Category, Video Category, Junior Category and Portfolio Category.
The closing date for entries is September 1st, 2022. The main prize is a safari in the Masai Mara in Kenya with Alex Walker’s Serian.
Some call it puppy love. Others might have little problem calling them hatchlings in love…Either that, or one hatchling scolds the other for pooping in the lettuce.
This blenny secretly hid in it, peering out of the cleavage of the coral and playing hide and seek with the divers. It took cunning and patience to capture that moment, and finally… Gotcha!
“This monkey came into the yard of my house and I gave it bread, wrapped it in paper. After eating the bread, the monkey started “reading” the newspaper,” the photographer explained.
“I had to wait quite a while for this little bittern to show up,” Lyndhurst said, “but when he struck that pose, it was all worth it.”
“After hiking for several hours to reach this family of gorillas, we were fortunate to have several young children in the group,” Beldegreen said. “All of her antics are interesting and entertaining, like this boy involved in a ‘deep dive’ nosepick when Mom wasn’t looking.”
“The Ministry of Silly Walks” is a skit from the comedy TV show Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” Reusens said. “The sketch is a satire on bureaucratic inefficiency and portrays John Cleese as a bowler-hatted civil servant in a fictional department of the British government, responsible for devising silly ways through grants. This picture really reminded me of that great sketch.”
Ground squirrels live together in colonies. However, each has its own construction. They are often jealous when a “neighbor” has something tasty to eat, and it often ends in petty quarrels. In this picture a squirrel has found a barley grain and the gopher in the background wants to steal it from him.
Two brothers in the Masaai Mara and a bit of timing luck were the ingredients for a great comic shoot. “It was the very first day of our trip to Kenya when we spotted two cheetah brothers just resting during the sunset,” Flores said. “When one of them started rolling on the ground, I took out my camera and started taking pictures. The result is a cheetah that produces a beautiful laugh.”
A fox jumped onto a vole and managed to land – but stood upright for a few seconds – happy for McGuire.