The winners of the 2019 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced.
Overall winner is Sarah Skinner with Grab Life By The….!, a study of a lion cub in Botswana playing, with what may be eye-watering consequences.
This year there were 4,000 entries from 68 different countries, whittled down to 40 finalists, from which Sarah’s image emerged as the winner.
She said: “I am absolutely delighted to be awarded the title as Overall Winner in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019. It certainly warms my heart to know that this image will spread some laughter and happiness around the world. I am happy to report that this lioness continues to thrive in the pride, having seen her again in October this year. I can only hope and encourage everyone, as a collective to each do our part in the conservation of all wildlife species, so that future generations can enjoy them, in the same way that I have done during my career as a wildlife photographer. Long may lions walk the plains……….”
Sarah’s image also scooped up the Creatures of the Land Award, sponsored by Alex Walker’s Serian, who kindly donated the Overall Winner’s prize of a fantastic safari in the Masai Mara, Kenya. She also wins a unique handmade trophy from the Wonder Workshop in Tanzania, a photography bag from THINK TANK, and an iPad preloaded with Affinity Photo’s award-winning software.
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, founded by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, both professional photographers and passionate conservationists, is a global, online and free to enter photography competition, showcasing seriously funny images of the earth’s most amazing wildlife. In addition to providing some light-hearted relief, the competition aims to highlight the extremely important message of wildlife conservation in an engaging and positive way, working with the main competition partner – The Born Free Foundation. For more information about the competition, go to: www.comedywildlifephoto.com
The Affinity Photo People’s Choice Award, voted for by the public, went to Harry Walker for his charming shot of a slightly bemused otter taken in Alaska and titled Oh My. This delightful image also won the Olympus Creatures Under the Water Award, proving to be a favourite with the judges as well.
Other category winners included Vlado Pirsa’s strikingly colourful shot of birds in Croatia, aptly titled Family Disagreement which won the Spectrum Photo Creatures of the Air Award, and Elaine Kruer was awarded the Amazing Internet Portfolio Award for First Comes Love, a series of four wonderful images depicting Cape Squirrels in South Africa, seemingly on a journey of courtship and love, culminating in a wedding.
In addition to the Category Winners, there were 12 entries that were recognised as Highly Commended Winners, by Tilakra Nagaraj, Corey Seeman, Geert Weggen, Tom Mangelsen for both his images, Mike Rowe, Alastair Marsh, Martina Gebert, Eric Keller, Elmar Weiss, Roie Galitz and Txema Garcia Laseca.
A book based on the annual awards is out now – Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Vol 3. For each copy sold a contribution goes to the Born Free Foundation.