Updated: Apr 25, 2021
The winners of the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards were announced on Tuesday 27 October via Instagram and Facebook Live.
The comedy wildlife photography awards are divided into several categories with one overall winner of the entire competition.
The categories (and winners) were The Junior Award (10-year-old Olin Rogers), the Creatures of the Air Award (Tim Hearn), The Creatures of the Sea Award (Mark Fitzpatrick), Alex Walker’s Serian Creatures of the Land Award (Charlie Davidson), the Amazing Internet Portfolio Award (Daisy Gilardini), and the Affinity Photo People’s Choice Award (Roland Kranitz).
There was also a video award, which went to Dipali Shah with their video “When no one is around to scratch your back”.
Tom Sullam, co founder of the competition, said ‘it’s brought a lot of humour, it’s brought a lot of people together, and ultimately the message is conservation can be a positive thing.”
Other co-founder, Paul Joynson-Hicks called the competition the Oscars of photography.
The overall winner of the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards was Mark Fitzpatrick and his cursing turtle photograph, entitled “Terry the Turtle Flipping the Bird”.
Mark Fitzpatrick told the Comedy Wildlife Photography awards that he “is so stoked and honoured to be the comedy wildlife photographer of the year. I could never have imagined when I took the photo of Terry the turtle flipping me the bird that so many people all around the world would get such a kick out of it.”
The winner of the entire competition, Mark Fitzpatrick won a week-long safari trip with Alex Walker’s Serian in the Masai Mara, a Nikon Z6 camera with a 24-70 lens, a Think Tank camera bag, and the Comedy Wildlife awards trophy which is handmade by men and women with disabilities in Tansanir.