In our second article featuring those wonderful, amazing and hilarious photographs from The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards which states “Conservation Through Competition” and it couldn’t be a more fun way of doing so. We all like a good chuckle and watching wildlife antics can usually raise a smile, well the comedy wildlife photo awards has the right formula where some of the images might even get you into a real good belly laugh – the best kind.

Argentinian banker Mario Gustavo Fiorucci won the award for the portfolio category with his comedic images of four posing owls.

He said: “Given the prestige that this competition has achieved in only two years, and being one of the 40 finalists between thousands of photos, is a great honour to me.”

Mario Gustavo Fiorucci won the portfolio award for four posing owls

Mario Gustavo Fiorucci won the portfolio award for four posing owls

 

Mario Gustavo Fiorucci won the portfolio award for four posing owls

Mario Gustavo Fiorucci won the portfolio award for four posing owls

Working alongside international wildlife charity The Born Free Foundation, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards hopes to share the true playfulness of the animal kingdom with the public.

However, there is a serious message behind the laughs as the award’s aim is to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment for the world’s creatures.

‘Angel bear’ © Adam Parsons Highly Commended

‘Angel bear’ © Adam Parsons Highly Commended

 

 ‘Cheetah pondering the speed limit... "Well this sucks!"’ © Vaughan Jessnitz. Highly Commended

‘Cheetah pondering the speed limit… “Well this sucks!”’ © Vaughan Jessnitz. Highly Commended

 

'Grizzly Bear Fail' © Rob Kroenert. Highly Commended

‘Grizzly Bear Fail’ © Rob Kroenert. Highly Commended

 

'Head Shot' © Tom Stables. Highly Commended

‘Head Shot’ © Tom Stables. Highly Commended

You may remember seeing last year’s award winner, Austria’s Julian Rad, taking first place with his memorable shot of a chubby-cheeked hamster running towards the camera. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is about to enter into its third year and we can only see this great competition go from strength to strength. It’s all about having a laugh at our wildlife having been caught at the wrong right moment but we cannot emphasis enough it is also about wildlife conservation. To see our first article click here: 2016 competition winners.

Julian Rad from Austria taking first place for 2015

Julian Rad from Austria taking first place for 2015

But the judges believe the bar has been raised even higher this year.

Judge and founder of the competition, Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE, said: “Last year was great, but this year has surpassed our expectations.

“There are some phenomenal and dedicated photographers out there, most of whom are not full-time professional photographers, but who deliver equally impressive results.”

The level of entries was so high that the competition has already decided to return in 2017 to look for more of the world’s funniest wildlife images.

Paul said: “We will 100% be back again next year. The ability to raise awareness of conservation issues through the medium of humorous photography has taken us all by surprise.

“It was one of the aims of the competition, but we did not expect it to be so effective. The Born Free foundation has been a great charity to work with and we hope that the relationship with them can grow and continue over the years.”


 

Information
If you want to get serious about submitting photographs for next years competition click here: Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

Keep up to date with more hilarious images follow The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards on:

Instagram: @comedywildlifephoto
Facebook: @comedywildlifephotoawards

The Born Free Foundation is an international wildlife charity founded by Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers and eldest son Will. Remember the film? Our charity is determined to end captive animal exploitation, phase out zoos and keep wildlife in the wild – find out more: Born Free.

All images and text reproduced with permission of the Comedy Wildlife Awards. All images are ©Copyright of their respective owners.

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