Animals Do The Darndest Things

Art Linketter was a popular TV host who use to interview children to obtain their unvarnished utterances about life in and outside of their households. From 1952 to 1970, his TV segment from his Emmy-winning talk-show, “House Party” led to his 1957 bestselling book "Kids Say the Darndest Things," in addition to several sequels.

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Competition

Well . . . perhaps influenced by the path paved by Mr. Linkletter's, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Competition is applying a format similar to his classic formula to animals in the wild. Now into their second year, founders Paul Johnson-Hicks and photographer Tom Sullam have established a photo competition where participants can enter comical photographs of wildlife doing . . . well . . . the darndest things.

Based in Eastern Africa, Sullam notes that, “conservation was at the heart of the competition, along with the fact that people seemed to enjoy images of animals doing entertaining things!

But essentially living in a country that has some of the best wildlife in the world – Tanzania – and seeing how destructive human actions can be on this wildlife, made us want to do our little bit to help.

‘Raising awareness through photography, getting people involved and using humor as a positive reinforcement of the good things, rather than focusing on the negative imagery that has historically been used – which does have its place in the fight to raise awareness.”

Check out some previous Winners . . .

Here we have three elephant seals putting on a show in Roie Galitz’s submission, titled, “Three Tenors”, taken on January 7, 2016 in South Georgia Island.

Seals in phot comp

Getting down with a little Kung Fu fightin,’ this red kangaroo starts his day with some martial arts in Andrey Giljov’s ‘Kung Fu Training – Australian Style’ taken on August 16, 2013 in Fowlers Gap, Australia.

kangaroo in photo comp

In this neck-stretcher, a giraffe checks plane safety in Graeme Guy’s “Outsourcing Seatbelt Checks” on November 17, 2008 in Masai Mara, Kenya.

Giraffe in photo comp

How to Enter

Entries for 2017 are still being accepted. So for all of you creative types who’ve have photographed previously or about to photograph some of your favorite animals getting wild in the wild, here is your chance.

To enter visit the CWPAC website here, and upload your entry(ies) before the deadline of 11.59pm, GMT on 30th September 2017.

Make sure your entry is a bonafide wildlife animal. No pets, domestic, farm or captive animals will be accepted. Sorry, according to the terms and conditions, while the judges “know your hound is hilarious, this is a wildlife photography competition and that means no domestic animals and no animals that live in zoos or other captive environments.”

As far as prizes, ‘category winners’ will receive trophies hand-made by the men and women with disabilities at the WonderWorkshop in Dar es Salaam. 

The Grand Prize for the top winner is quite spectacular. It’s a one week vacation led by safari photographer Alex Walker at the Masai Mara based camps in Kenya. All expenses paid, you will be flown out by Kenya Airways with your friend / partner / spouse / or loved one. “Yes it's a safari for two, with two return flights from Europe,” notes the founders.

So go out and get your funny on. Time to get up close and personal with all those hysterical creatures who call the 'Wild' their home.


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