Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards Winners 2017

If the recent Blue Planet II wasn’t enough confirmation, we know that nature is filled with creatures both majestic and beautiful, as well as vicious and unforgiving. But the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2017 are back again to show that nature has another side – and it’s hilarious.

In its third year, the competition was founded by wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and African landscape photographer Tom Sullan, as a way to shed light on conservation issues through humour. Supporters of the Born Free Foundation – that are dedicated to the protection of wildlife across the globe – the competition hopes to raise awareness with a smile.

Selected from over 3,500 entries across a staggering 86 countries, this year’s winners are there to make you howl. The top spot and portfolio winner went to photographer Tibor Kercz for his hysterical series of a little owl struggling to stay perched on a branch, as its friends look the other way.

Other winners include a turtle face-slapping a fish, a miniature dormouse locked in a moment of laughter, and a duck passing in front of a plane trail making it appear as if it’s passing something else!

Founder Paul said, “It’s been a real success this year, the quality of images has improved substantially and we have had more entries and from more countries.

“We had many more entries, from more countries – 86 in total this year – and with a much higher calibre of photograph.

“For me one of my favourites was the fox peeing in the golf hole, I know that there are lots of people who feel the same way about golf! But there were so many incredible shots this year, it was really hard to choose.”

The category winners all receive a brand new camera bag from Think Tank Photo, alongside a congratulatory certificate to place proud on their walls.

Overall winner Tibor Kercz will receive a safari trip to Kenya, as well as a trophy handcrafted by disabled men and women of the Wonder Workshop in Tanzania, a bag from Think Tank, and of course the celebrated title of Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017!

If you’d like to support the competition and raise funds for the Born Free Foundation, then make sure to purchase their book – perfect as a side-splitting stocking filler this Christmas!


For more information visit their website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Overall and Portfolio Winner

Help!!! © Tibor Kercz

On The Land Winner

The Laughing Dormouse © Andrea Zampatti

Under The Sea Winner

Slap © Troy Mayne

In The Air Winner

Duck Speed! © John Threlfall

Highly Commended

Caught in the Act © Bence Mate
Monkey Escape © Katy Laveck Foster
Hallelujah! © Penny Palmer
Mudskipper’s Got Talent © Daniel Trim
Must Have Three-putted… © Douglas Croft
Animal Encounters © Jean-Jacques Alcalay
Grimace © Josef Friedhuber
Military Regiment © Miquel Angel Artus Illana
Eh, what’s up doc? © Olivier Colle
Three Tenors © Roie Galitz

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Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.

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