The winners of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have just been announced and they include an incredulous sea lion, a left behind owl, penguins heading to church and what really happens between consenting bears at night.
This year the competition received entries from 86 countries around the world. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards’ purpose is to be light-hearted, upbeat, possibly unpretentious and mainly about wildlife doing funny years. The competition began with that purpose but has since evolved into conservation, according to the organizers.
Judges include Oliver Smith, the Daily Telegraph’s online travel editor and Will Travers, an internationally-renowned wildlife expert who has dedicated his life to wildlife issues, since he lived in Kenywhile his parents, Virginia McKenna OBE and Bill Travers MBE, made the film Born Free.
Conservation is a crucial part of this competition and the organizers make clear that if any animal has been disturbed, harassed, traumatized, or of course hurt or injured in the process of getting the picture, the image will be removed and the photographer banned for life from entering the competition.
Pets, farm or domestic animals are not allowed, nor animals who live in zoos or other captive environment.