An air guitar-playing kangaroo, a ballet-dancing otter and one very angry bird… 2023 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards winners revealed

  • This year over 5,300 entries were submitted by 1,842 people
  • An Australian photographer won the overall award for his photo of a kangaroo appearing to play air guitar



People say babies do funny things – but animals seem to be in on the action.

The winners of the 2023 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards capture animals – from a soft-coated otter in an Arabian pose to a kangaroo playing in the air and a very sad-looking owl, the images are sure to raise a smile.

This year more than 5,300 entries were submitted by 1,800 photographers. Jason Moore's Air Guitar Rue captured a kangaroo in a hilarious pose and was the overall winner. Alex Walker also received the Cherian Creatures of the Land Award.

Other winners at this year's Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards include Vittorio Ricci, Otter Quek and Delphine Casimir for their stellar photos of a humming bird, a ballet dancing otter and a relaxing monkey.

This kangaroo was camera ready for the 2023 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards as he showed off his incredible air guitar skills. It won the overall prize for photographer Jason Moore and the award for Cherian Creatures of the Land for Alex Walker.
Italian photographer Vittorio Ricci won the Spectrum Photo Creatures in the Air for his photo of a diving bird that looks like an accidental face plant.
Arabesque otter: In front of Singaporean photographer Otter Kwek, who called Otter Ballerina a naturalistic image, this soft-coated otter looked like a ballet dancer. It's at the Creatures Under the Sea Awards
If Angry Birds were real… Polish photographer Jacek Stankiewicz captured this remarkable cartoon-like image in the Bialowieza Forest, and it won the Affinity Photo 2 People's Choice Award and the Junior Award.
I Finally Learned to Fly is a photograph by Timea Ambres that captures a ground squirrel in mid-air. It was one of three films that won the Amazing Internet Portfolio Award for Ambrose

The competition was founded in 2015 by Paul Joynson-Hicks, a wildlife photographer currently living in Tanzania. He was inspired to organize the competition by one of his own photographs.

Co-founder and head referee Tom Sullam joined Hicks in creating what is now a global competition shortly after the idea was first conceived.

According to the Comedy Wildlife Awards WebsiteContest officials want spectators to share their enjoyment of nature and take time to recognize its value.

Titled The Happy Turtle, the photo was taken by Israeli photographer Tzahi Finkelstein. The swamp turtle is a common reptile in Israel
Is it Friday yet? This great gray owl gave photographer John Blumenkamp plenty to work with thanks to its looks and pose. Despite its enormous size—the great gray owl is the largest in North America at about 2 feet tall—it is an elusive species.
One for the family album: British photographer Zoe Ashdown captured this image of the Gannett family. Birds mate for life and return to the same nest year after year to raise their young. Birds have their own greeting rituals that strengthen their bond
Puffins breed in large colonies and dive for food. British photographer Brian Matthews' photograph Don't Look Down is a great image, showing the much-acclaimed winner puffin staring down at the jellyfish below him.
A baby kangaroo looked amazing when Australian photographer Laura Matthews photographed it standing behind an adult. The highly acclaimed victory photo was taken at Westerfolds Park in Melbourne, Australia
Paint me like one of your French girls, Jacques: Delphine Casimir titled this photo The Rainforest Dandy. The peaceful-looking monkey was in Ubud, Bali, when a Belgian photographer captured it in the rainforest. Despite stealing Casimir's biscuit, the monkey proved too photogenic.
A macaque appears to be trying to guide people or animals in this photo by Pratik Mondel in Keoladio National Park in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India. The film, titled Look at Right Pro, was an impromptu photograph taken by Mondal hoping to photograph jackals and hyenas.
This comical accident, photographed by Wendy Gaveney, looks like a white-winged pigeon flying headfirst into a cholla cactus skeleton in India.
The photo, titled Snowball, may appear from a distance to have drawn eyes and a stick in its beak. This is actually a photograph of a white grouse taken by French photographer Jacques Poulard
This highly acclaimed photo by Dakota Vaccaro shows a fox smoking and chilling with a cigar. The animal practices its hunting skills on moss and twigs

All This year's photos were selected by 14 judges, including contest creators Hicks and Sullum.

In addition to the Amazing Internet Portfolio, contestants may submit up to three images in each category.

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Filmmakers may submit up to two video clips for the same video category of the competition.

Other judges this year include National Geographic photographer Charlie Hamilton James, Amazing Internet co-founder Andrew Schroe and Selina Dunlop, president of The Economist Films.

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