PICS: Hilarious entries in the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2018

2018-05-24 12:30 - Saara Mowlana
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a wildlife photographer with a bird on his camera

Enter the 2018 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards before June 30! (Photo: iStock)

Entries for the 2018 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards contest is almost closed and the entries thus far are no short than rib-breakingly humorous!

Of the ones that have made the cut, you can expect to see two dancing polar bears by Luca Venturi as well as an ant that's bitten off more than it can chew by Muhammed Faishol Husni. 

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The aim of the awards, which were founded by Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE, is to raise awareness of wildlife conservation through the power and medicine of laughter, says a statement from the Awards.

Sullam and Joynson-Hicks MBE also form part of the competition's judging panel. They will be judging the contest along with:

  • Wildlife TV presenter Kate Humble
  • Actor and comedian Hugh Dennis
  • Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas
  • Wildlife expert Will Travers OBE
  • The Telegraph's online travel editor Oliver Smith and
  • The new 2018 judge the Managing Director of Affinity - Ashley Hewson. 

WHY NOT Get snappy with these photography competitions in 2018

They are still accepting entries until Saturday, and entries are free. So be quick on your feet and go out to capture those perfectly timed and belly-achingly funny shots to earn your spot at a chance for the coveted prize.

The overall winner will be dubbed with the honourary title of 2018 Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year and score a one week safari with Alex Walker's Serian in Kenya's iconic Maasai Mara National Reserve!

Runner-up contestants needn't fret either as there are plenty of fantastic prizes up for grabs. 

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See some pics of the entries thus far below:

What you need to know to enter:

  • Where to enter: Register to enter and enter online on the site - click here.
  • Cost to enter: FREE - the competition is free and open to the public.
  • Competition deadline: The competition comes to a close on 30 June 2018 @ 23:59.
  • Rules of entry: Entrants can submit up to three images into each category (aka six in total) and up to two video clips of no more than 60 seconds into the video clip category.

Among the competition terms and conditions, some hard pressed rules include:

  • You must have taken the picture yourself within the last 99 years.
  • Conservation is a crucial part of this competition, which means that, if the organisers get a sense that any animal has been disturbed, harassed, traumatised, or of course hurt or injured in the process of you getting your picture, you will be disqualified, your image removed and you will be banned for life from entering the competition.
  • Strictly no photos of pets, domestic, farm or captive animals are allowed. As cute and funny as your drama pooch is, this is a wildlife photography competition, which means no domestic animals and no animals that live in zoos or other captive environments.
  • No digital manipulation. You can of course, make basic digital corrections (including tone and contrast, burning, dodging, cropping, sharpening, noise reduction and minor cleaning work) but steeer clear altering the integrity of the image. At the finals, the team will request the original image and they have a team of meticulous digital detectives on the planet to make sure every image is verified. So, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Read the competition's full terms and conditions here.