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Hilarious Moments Captured: Check Out the Top 10 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 Winners

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The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards highlight the most hilarious and unexpected moments captured of animals in the wild. Now in its ninth year, the 2023 competition featured over 5,000 laugh-out-loud entries from talented photographers around the globe.

Overview of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Founded in 2015 by wildlife photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards shine a light on the humor and connectedness we share with animals. The competition has rapidly grown into an international sensation, with support from the Born Free Foundation charity and an ever-increasing number of submissions each year.

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Winners are selected by an expert panel of judges including wildlife experts, comedians, and photographers. Images are assessed not just on their comedic value, but also from a technical perspective. The goal is to celebrate photographs that capture a funny, surprising, or light-hearted moment in the daily lives of wildlife.

Top 10 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 Winners

This year’s winning images feature a delightful array of animals, from kangaroos to otters, caught in chuckle-inducing situations. Here are the top 10 funniest wildlife photos of 2023:

1. Air Guitar Roo – Overall Winner by Jason Moore(Australian)

1. Air Guitar Roo - Overall Winner by Jason Moore(Australian)
Air Guitar Roo – Overall Winner by Jason Moore(Australian)

Alex Walker’s Serian Creatures of the Land Award: Jason Moore’s photo of a rock and rolling kangaroo playing air guitar took out the top spot for 2023. Captured in Perth, Australia, this western grey roo seems to be having a hilariously good time with its musical performance.

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2. Otter Ballerina – Creatures Under the Water Winner by Otter Kwek

2. Otter Ballerina - Creatures Under the Water Winner by Otter Kwek
2. Otter Ballerina – Creatures Under the Water Winner by Otter Kwek

Otter Kwek photographed a smooth-coated otter in Singapore striking an elegant ballet pose, or perhaps tripping over its own feet. This image highlights otters’ playful nature.

3. Unexpected Plunge – Creatures of the Air Winner

Hilarious Moments Captured: Check Out the Top 10 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 Winners

In South Africa’s Zimanga Private Game Reserve, Vittorio Ricci captured the comedic timing of a striated heron trying and failing to catch its dinner. The bird plunges beak-first into the water with its wings spread wide in an unexpected belly flop moment.

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4. Dispute – Junior Category & People’s Choice by Winner Jacek Stankiewicz (Polish)

Hilarious Moments Captured: Check Out the Top 10 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 Winners

Young photographer Jacek Stankiewicz, from Poland, entered this amusing photo of a baby greenfinch seemingly embroiled in a heated argument with its parents. The little bird looks full of sassy attitude.

5. Rainforest Dandy

Hilarious Moments Captured: Check Out the Top 10 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 Winners

Delphine Casimir photographed a cheeky long-tailed macaque in Bali’s monkey forest posing elegantly on a tree stump, reminiscent of Kate Winslet’s Rose lounging on a sofa in Titanic. This dapper “rainforest dandy” shows off the monkeys’ human-like personalities.

6. That Wasn’t There Yesterday

Hilarious Moments Captured: Check Out the Top 10 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 Winners

In this image captured by Wendy Kaveney, a white-winged dove in Arizona seems to hilariously fly beak-first straight into a cactus skeleton. The bird’s surprised expression makes the photo.

7. The Happy Turtle – Tzahi Finkelstein (Israeli)

Hilarious Moments Captured: Check Out the Top 10 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 Winners

Tzahi Finkelstein, from Israel, captured this swamp turtle’s priceless “smile” as a bright dragonfly unexpectedly lands on its nose. It’s a unique inter-species wildlife encounter.

8. Snowball

Hilarious Moments Captured: Check Out the Top 10 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 Winners

Jacques Poulard’s photo of a grouse camouflaged against the snow in Svalbard creates the amusing illusion that only its feet are visible. The effect makes the bird look like a feathered snowball.

9. Boing

Hilarious Moments Captured: Check Out the Top 10 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 Winners

Young photographer Jacek Stankiewicz, from Poland, entered this amusing photo of a baby greenfinch seemingly embroiled in a heated argument with its parents. The little bird looks full of sassy attitude.

In Melbourne’s Westerfolds Park, Lara Mathews photographed a playful kangaroo joey popping up with its boxing gloves on, seeming to surprise its mob. The timing creates a humorous “boing” effect.

10. Monday Blahs – John Blumenkamp (American)

Hilarious Moments Captured: Check Out the Top 10 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 Winners

John Blumenkamp captured this great grey owl pulling a “Monday face” at Grand Teton National Park in the USA. The owl poses majestically before giving a pathetic slumped-over look, as if it’s already done with the week.

Promoting Wildlife Conservation Through Humor

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have an important underlying mission to highlight wildlife conservation issues with a positive tone. As well as making people laugh, the photos showcase animals’ playfulness and personalities, helping create more compassion for protecting endangered species.

Comedy wildlife photographer Paul Joyson-Hicks explains: “If we can get more people to connect with wildlife through laughter then we are one step closer to ensuring their preservation into the future.”

The awards have raised over $200,000 for conservation charities so far. This year’s proceeds will support the Born Free Foundation, protecting vulnerable animals worldwide.

Conclusion

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 winners entertained viewers around the world by capturing animals at their silliest. Jason Moore took out top spot with his hilarious “air guitar roo” photo showcasing the playful side of wildlife down under in Australia. These light-hearted images continue to highlight the importance of conservation while putting smiles on faces.

Be sure to check out the full Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 gallery for more snapshots of animals caught in the act of being hilarious. You can also submit your own humorous wildlife photos for next year’s competition!

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