The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, the world’s most entertaining and widely celebrated photography competition, has joyfully come to a close, revealing Jason Moore as the Overall Winner for his uproarious shot titled ‘Air Guitar Roo’ featuring a kangaroo in its comedic glory. Jason’s masterpiece not only claimed the top spot overall but also triumphed in the Creatures of the Land category.
In a stiff competition featuring 5300 extraordinary entries from 1842 participants hailing from 85 countries across the globe, Jason’s photograph emerged victorious in the tightest voting battle ever witnessed. Captured in the outer suburbs of Perth, Australia, the winning image showcases a female Western Grey Kangaroo, adding a humorous twist to the vibrant world of wildlife photography. Jason stumbled upon this delightful scene in a field bursting with wildflowers, where adult kangaroos and Joeys engaged in playful antics.
Among the standout talents, young photographer Jacek Stankiewicz claimed a well-deserved victory in the competition with his captivating image titled ‘Dispute,’ featuring two greenfinches. The event featured a total of 6 category winners, each contributing their unique flair to the laughter-filled spectacle. Beyond the Category Winners, an additional 10 entries earned the distinction of being Highly Commended, adding to the rich tapestry of amusing and commendable wildlife moments captured by the talented photographers who participated in this year’s event.
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#1. Overall Winner: Air Guitar Roo by Jason Moore
Grey Kangaroo, Perth, Australia: Firstly, let me start off by identifying the species of Kangaroo – it’s a Western Grey Kangaroo. The animal is a female – evidenced by her size (females are significantly smaller than males) and if you look closely, you can see signs of a pouch in the middle of her belly.The photo was taken in Aug 2021 (late winter in the southern hemisphere), in the outer suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. As you probably know, we have a Mediterranean climate in South Western Australia, which means the majority of our rainfall occurs over the winter months, and as a result we are blessed with a beautiful wildflower season in late winter and early spring. Many of the bushland areas and fields around Perth are covered with splashes of colour as the early blooming flowers begin to emerge.
#2. Spectrum Photo Creatures of the Air Award: Unexpected plunge by Vittorio Ricci
Striated heron, Zimanga Private Game Reserve, South Africa: An unusual and almost miserable end of a perfect moment, previously prepared, for a successfull fishing
#3. Creatures Under the Water Award: Otter Ballerina by Otter Kwek
Smooth coated Otter, Singapore: An otter ballerina gracefully dances in an Arabesque position. The otter was leaping while attempting to grasp the overhanging leaves, and during an unusual landing, it ended up in the Arabesque pose. I showed this photo to a ballet teacher, and she commented that the otter is a natural but just needs to tuck in its tummy a bit — precisely what a ballet teacher would advise.
#4. Affinity Photo 2 People’s Choice Award Young Photographer Award: Dispute by Jacek Stankiewicz
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris) Bialowieza forest, Poland: I caught this scene while watching birds in the Bialowieza Forest. Young greenfinch was still fed by parents. However, from time to time birds looked like having argument. My friends interpret this scene in two ways. 1 A young naughty kid is arguing with a parent. 2. One kid is reporting to the parent that its brother did something wrong: look he has broken the glass in the window.
#5. Amazing Internet Portfolio Award: I finally learned to fly or maybe not by Tímea Ambrus
Ground squirrels, Austria: The ground squirrel jumped as if he could fly. Unfortunately he has no wings. To his surprise he fell back to the ground.