Comedy Wildlife Photography finalists announced

Posted by Anita Froneman on 11 September 2020

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards (CWPA), arguably the world’s funniest photography competition, has just announced the top images for 2020 – and they are absolutely brilliant.

This year, they include a fox in heavy negotiations with a mouse, a seriously smiley fish, a photo-bombing giraffe and a very poorly p-p-p-penguin!

The competition, 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.


Joining Tom and Paul on the distinguished judging panel are wildlife TV presenter and writer Kate Humble, actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas, co-founder of Amazing Internet Andrew Skirrow, photographer Simon Pollock, wildlife expert and co-founder of BFF Will Travers OBE, Managing Director of Affinity, Ashley Hewson, the Telegraph’s online travel editor Oliver Smith, Bella Lack, an inspiring and next generation conservationist and finally Celia Dunlop, a brilliant picture editor, who knows a great photo when she sees it!

People’s Choice Award – The Public get to vote on their favourite!

However, members of the public also get the chance to choose a winner, as once again, Affinity Photo are sponsoring the People’s Choice Award!  For more details on how to vote for your favourite funny pic and to be in with a chance of winning a brand new iPad – go to The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards website at

Winners Announcement

The Category and Overall Winners will be announced on  with the top image winning an incredible one-week safari with Alex Walker’s Serian in the Masai Mara, Kenya as well as a unique handmade trophy from the Art Garage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

As always, the competition is supported by a raft of fantastic sponsors and partners; The Born Free Foundation, Affinity photo, Amazing Internet, Think Tank, Alex Walker’s Serian, Spectrum Photo and Nikon.

Take a look at the spectacular images that were chosen as finalists:

Eric Fisher: Hi Yall


Femke van Willigen: The inside joke


Gail Bisson: Covid Hair


Jagdeep Rajput: Like mother like daughter


Jagdeep Rajput: Peekaboo


Jill Neff: Just Chillin’


Kay Kotzian: I think this tyre’s gonna be flat


Luis Burgueno: I had to stay late at work


Marcus Westberg: Boredom


Max Teo: It’s the last day of school holidays


Megan Lorenz: Monkey Business


Krisztina Scheef: Seriously, would you share some


Luis Marti: Macaque striking a pose


Jacques Poulard: Lamentation!


Ken Crossan: Having a Laugh


Mark Fitzpatrick: Terry the Turtle flipping the bird


Pearl Kasparian: No Penguins Under Here!


Petr Sochman: Social distance, please!


Christina Holfelder: I could puke


Martin Grace: Socially Uninhibited


Arthur Telle Thiemenn: Smiley


Asaf Sereth: Surprise Smiles


Ayala Fishaimer: Tough negotiations


Brigitte Alcalay Marcon: Crashing into the picture


Mike Lessel: Quiet Please


Roland Kranitz: O Sole Mio


Nader Al-Shammari: How can I fly?

Here are some tips on how to support conservation in daily life:


With the recent lockdown, we have all got used to doing things slightly differently, including shopping closer to home, so why not carry on?  It helps in all sorts of ways from supporting small, local businesses to shrinking your carbon footprint and is way more fun!  And if you can avoid buying un-recyclable products and one-use plastics/packaging, even better!


One of the easiest things to do… put a plant box on your windowsill, grow some flowers, and give the bees somewhere to go. We’ve all heard of the importance of bees, and this little nod towards their daily requirements is already a huge step in the right direction. Imagine if every windowsill had a flower box!  It would be an absolute miracle, so let’s start that process!


Something else lockdown has taught us is how amazing the internet is at keeping us in touch with each other!  We’re all Zoom experts now!  Let’s embrace this new whizz technology and only take those flights if there is really no other way.


This is a special person who may be not a mega activist, but really, really cares about the environment and wants to do something to help. For more ideas, please go to: 


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