Comedy Wildlife 2023 Photography Awards

Woohooo!  It's all systems go, go, go at Comedy Wildlife HQ as we launch our 9th competition, yes nine!! (for you Blackadder fans out there.)  We're back...and bigger and better than ever!  Come and join the party and enter your images and videos of wildlife having the last laugh and hopefully making us all titter as well.  You could win our top prize of a fantastic Kenyan Safari courtesy of Alex Walker's Serian  (T & C's apply) 

Born from a passion for wildlife, and decades of experience living & working in East Africa, Comedy Wildlife began its life modestly in 2015 as a photographic competition. Since then, steered by its founders, Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam, it has grown into a globally renowned competition seen by millions of people every year, with sustainability at its heart and behind all its aims.

The free competition, open to wildlife photography novices, amateurs and professionals, celebrates the hilarity of our natural world and highlights what we need to do to protect it. From a surprised otter to a swearing turtle, Comedy Wildlife’s photographs transcend cultures and ages to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

You can find out more about our competition, our mission and our conservation efforts on our website

About Comedy Wildlife

“Our world is extraordinarily beautiful and interconnected, yet the human race is doing its best to over-exploit and damage it. Issues of wildlife conservation and sustainability are gaining momentum globally, yet the messages and images tend to be negative, depressing and enervating.”   Paul Joynson-Hicks, Comedy Wildlife co-founder   While living in East Africa and working as a wildlife photographer, founder Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE was looking through his photographs when he came across several that made him laugh out loud: an eagle looking at me through its bac... continue reading

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Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Application Deadline27 Aug 2023
SponsorComedy Wildlife
GenderMen and Women

Aim and Benefits of Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Category winners

If you win one of the categories, you can say that you are an 'Award Winning Photographer', I know and if that isn’t enough, you will receive a beautiful certificate.

Overall winner

So now then, onto the Overall Winner – the 2022 Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Oh yes, it's a massive title and your image(s) will be flying around the world, dazzling millions of people (seriously!).

So what are you set to win as a prize?


You will receive a wonderful hand made metal trophy as the Winner from the Wonder Workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Two fantastic photography bags courtesy of competition sponsors

A retrospective 20 v2.0 shouler bag

A retrospective 50L duffel bag



Your prize will be a one week safari in Kenya for two people with Alex Walker’s Serian (the prize is to be used in one of their Masai Mara based camps in Kenya).

Alex Walker’s Serian intimate safari camps are among the best in Africa and most certainly in the best areas. So they will meet you off the plane and deliver you back, after a one week amazing experience.  

Terms and Conditions Apply. Naturally there are a couple of small conditions; the first is that your flights to and from Kenya are not covered. The other is that when you travel to Kenya and visit the Maasai Mara your companion will have to pay concession fees and the domestic flight, we are covering you, the Winner's internal flight and concession fees. These are the fees that are paid by every visitor to the parks to assist in creating a sustainable form of wildlife conservation. So you don't need to be sad about paying it, as you are helping the Kenyan Governments conservation mission.

The Comedy Wildlife Portfolio Category Winner prize


Your prize (yes!) is a wonderful Portfolio Series website from Amazing Internet for one year. Portfolio Series was created specifically for photographers so this is an ideal opportunity to show off and sell your amazing photos!

And for all the other category winners you will win an URBAN ACCESS 8 SLING BAG courtesy of ThinkTank!  

Requirements for Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Qualification

Competition Categories

You can enter a total of up to 10 images, 4 portfolio entries AND an additional 6 entries into the other categories, and 2 videos - that's it, no more.

You can enter up to 3 images into each category, except the Amazing Internet (and they are...) Portfolio category where you have to enter 4 pictures. (More info on the categories below.)

The total number of images across all categories must not exceed 10.

There is only one category for video.

The Alex Walker's Serian Creatures of the Land Category

Enter up to three of your funniest pictures of wildlife which lives on the land. Couldn't be simpler. Don't panic if the animal, like a squirrel, for example, looks like he is flying, it still lives on the land, so bung it in here. Another thing, remember if your pic is hilarious but in the wrong category, fret not we will put it into the right category, simple as that, aren’t we nice?

The Spectrum Creatures in the Air Category

You guessed it, birds, bats and any other creatures that fly. If you have a funny pterodactyl (and yes, I had to use spell checker) image, put it in, seriously, although that might mean the image is more than 99 years old, so wouldn't be acceptable, but perhaps worth trying. (Ed. Can someone please stop feeding him coffee)

The ThinkTank Photo Junior Category

This is a category for kids with a talent for taking great and funny wildlife pictures. This year, due to popular demand, we have upped  the age limit -  from 16 to 18 years.  So to be clear - you still have to be 18 years old or less by 11.59pm 1st September 2022 (BST). If you're not, don't fret just enter another category but if you are, then go for it! I hope that makes sense! If you have a query, ping us an email; PJ and Tom (who run the competition and write this drivel are desperate for emails, as they have no friends.)

The Amazing Internet Portfolio Category

Amazing Internet websiteThis is a brilliant category and to be honest a hard one. We want a collection of 4 images which are a collection, or portfolio, (that clue is in the category title) of really funny wildlife images. You can put 4 unconnected images in, as your portfolio, but you will get more points if the 4 images are connected, say "4 African Mammal Funny pics" for example, or they can be 4 images which are really funny from a single scene, I think you get where we are going with this one.

The Underwater Category

Ok, you can put an underwater picture of an elephant swimming and farting at the same time, but we would move it into Creatures of the Land, so this category is for creatures (fish mainly to be honest) which live in water. I think there are a few marine mammals, amphibians and reptiles and so on which live in water so the spectrum is broad.  And this year we have a marine super expert  - check out the judges page to find out who - so enter the best you got!!

The Video Clip Category

Listen carefully; this is the category where you can enter up to 2 video clips and each one can be no more than 60 seconds. They should be a maximum resolution of 1080p HD at 30fps with a maximum file size of 150MB but any resolution below that is acceptable too. Videos will be uploaded to Vimeo which accepts most major and popular video types. Please check the Vimeo website if you have any questions.

Please do not add music, captions or anything like that to the video (don't worry about peoples voices that's ok), but do make sure you edit it as judiciously (look it up, that's what Google is for) as possible. Much better you send us a 15 second clip which is short, sharp and brilliant, rather than us having to trawl through 45 seconds of dull video to find the funny 10 seconds at the end. Edit it, it will increase your chance of success in the competition and the chances of the clip going viral, oh yeah, don't forget that bit!!

Application Deadline

August 27, 2023

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Comedy Wildlife on to apply

For more details visit: Comedy Wildlife website.

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