The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are AMAZING – and that’s why this is the fifth year they’ve been held, people can’t get enough of them! Not only are the pictures breathtaking in quality but they are downright hilarious.
The founders of the awards are Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam. Two men on a mission to make people laugh while also fueling the fight for conservation.
It’s not just about the funny pictures, according to their website: “We want you to take up our banner of wildlife conservation, bang the drum, beat the cymbal and make some noise, we need to spread the word – wildlife, as we know it, is in danger, all over the world and we need to do something to help save it.”
Word has spread far and wide about this competition, causing the contest to peak in difficulty when it came to scoring a spot as one of the top 40 finalists this year. It was no easy decision – but the results are in!
Check out 20 of the funniest entries below. And when you’re done laughing at these hilarious photos, make sure to head on over to www.bornfree.org.uk and have a look at what the Born Free Foundation is busy doing. The animals need your help!
1. What Up, Bro
“Personally I think this is the best selection of finalists we’ve yet had,” founder Tom Sullam told Bored Panda in an interview.
“The competition is reaching more and more people and we had thousands of entries from approximately 80 countries. We love that this competition is border free.”
2. Family Feud
This year, more than ever, they had some key messages to spread to the public to help fuel wildlife conservation.
“It doesn’t need to be a huge effort, just a little effort by each of us and we can make a difference,” said Sullam.
3. Grab life by the…
Some of their tips and tricks include:
Know what you are buying and where it is sourced from. For instance, don’t buy anything made with palm oil – palm oil plants are destroying our rainforests and contributing to global warming.
In addition, whenever possible, don’t buy products that can’t be recycled.
4. Splash Zone
Use Less Water at Home
Take shorter showers, reduce how often you flush your toilet… “if it’s yellow let it mellow”… plant native plants and water your garden less. If we all use just a little less water, we can make a big difference.
5. Holly Jolly Winter Wonderland
Become a Wild Influencer
You don’t have to be a mega activist to become a wild influencer. You just have to care about the environment and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Talk about it on social media, at work, or at your local bar.
If your workplace doesn’t have great environmental practices, go to your boss with some ideas to help improve in that department.
In addition, email or write to your local government representatives and ask what they are doing to help wildlife around the world.
6. Take That Hunters, I Can Play Your Game Too
This year’s competitors were made up by around seventy percent amateur and thirty percent professional photographers.
7. Is it Monday already?!
“Our strong belief here at Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is that the smallest thing can help conservation,” Tom said.
“By following Born Free on social media you have made one positive step. By supporting them financially, you make another big step. By sharing our posts, by buying the book, by keeping the conversation going… all these things help raise the issues of wild animal conservation.”