What on earth do they mean by “Conservation through Competition”?
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, ingeniously titled to avoid any confusion, was the result of two factors: Firstly, a need to get a photography competition that was light hearted, upbeat, possibly unpretentious and mainly about wildlife doing funny things. After its first year, these objectives seem to have already been met. Secondly, and way more importantly, this competition is all about conservation.
None of us are perfect, all of us at some point will fly somewhere, drive somewhere, cook something, burn something and probably provide some direct input to the general warming of the globe. Indirectly, we’ll also have some impact on the animals that share this planet with us. So the end result?
It’s not a lot necessarily, but with your help and also the help of Born Free itâs way more than we could possibly have done without them and without you.
By entering this competition it gives both Paul and Tom and the rest of you talented photographers a chance to do a little bit for conservation. How? Well… you’re now obviously going to go to your own office, home, pub, club or wherever and talk about the dire need for us all to be conservationists in our own little way. Also, perhaps you’ll go to Born Free’s website and have a review of the work they do and spread that word too.
We hope that you just feel the same way, keep clicking and keep appreciating the other living things that people live with.
Anyone can enter this competition so long as the law in their own country of residence allows them to do so and neither they nor any member in their immediate families are employed by the sponsors, or us or are professionally involved in almost any way with all the organisation or administration of the competition. By entering the competition, you confirm that you’re eligible to do so and also to claim the prize. We may require you to provide proof of such eligibility. There are no age restrictions, using the exception of the ‘Junior Category’ in which the Entrant is required to be below the age of 16 by 11.59pm GMT on 30th September 2017, but we’ll need the written confirmation of a parent or guardian of any child under 18.
If you win one of the categories, you are able to say that you’re ‘Award Winning’, I know and if that isnât enough, you are going to also receive a brilliant trophy for your own category made by men and women with disabilities in the WonderWorkshop in Dar es Salaam. (www.wonder-workshop.org)
So now then, onto the Overall Winner â the 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Oh yes, itâs a massive title as well as your image(s) will be flying round the entire world, dazzling millions of people (seriously!).
So what are you set to win as a prize? Well, itâs not one prize however a whole bag of prizes:
You will receive a wonderful hand made metal trophy as the Winner from the Wonder Workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Your prize will be a one week photographer led safari in Kenya with Alex Walker’s Serian (the prize is to be used in one of our Masai Mara based camps in Kenya). All expenses paid, you’ll be flown out by Kenya Airways together with your friend / partner / spouse / etc. Yes itâs a safari for two and with two return flights from Europe.
Deadline: September 30, 2017.