Air guitar-playing kangaroos and angry owls among Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards’ 2023 finalists

The finalists from the 2023 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced, and they are funnier than we could have hoped. From air guitar-playing kangaroos to argumentative birds and angry owls, these photos are sure to have you cracking up. This year’s finalists were selected against thousands of submissions from professional and amateur photographers from across the globe.

The annual photo competition, which was founded in 2015 by professional photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, highlights wildlife conservation by focusing on the humorous side of wildlife photography. Each year, the competition supports a sustainable conservation organization, and this year Comedy Wildlife is working with Whitley Fund for Nature, a UK charity that supports conservation leaders working in their home countries across the Global South.

This year’s judge’s panel includes TV presenter Kate Humble; actor and comedian Hugh Dennis; world-renowned wildlife photographers Daisy Gilardini and Will Burrard-Lucas; wildlife expert and co-founder of The Born Free Foundation, Will Travers; Ashley Hewson, the managing director of Serif, makers of Affinity Photo; Celina Dunlop, picture editor extraordinaire; underwater film and diving aficionado Luke Inman, and Bella Lack, a conservationist.

Voting is open for the Peoples Choice Award until November 12. By casting a vote for the Peoples Choice Award before November 12, you’ll be entered to win £500 ($717 CAD). All the winners will be announced on November 23. The overall winner will win a one-week safari with Alex Walker’s Serian in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, as well as a unique handmade trophy from the Art Garage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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