Rock ‘n roo — it’s a wildly funny world when animals show their comedic side
The 2023 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards offers some much-needed comic relief at the end of a long year. The winners and finalists were chosen from 5,300 entries from 85 countries across the world.
The competition was founded in 2015 by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, professional photographers and passionate conservationists who had the vision to create a fun competition showcasing the comedic side of our planet’s quirky animals.
The overall winner, Jason Moore, bagged the grand prize with his image of a kangaroo titled “Air Guitar Roo”. The photo of the female western grey kangaroo was taken in the outer suburbs of Perth in Australia. “The shoot turned out to be a great session, and I am quite fond of several images that I captured,” says Jason.
“Not many people know that kangaroos are normally fairly docile and even a bit boring most of the time, if I’m honest. However, when I saw this roo striking the air guitar pose, it immediately brought a smile to my face, and I knew that I had captured something really special.”
His prizes include a handmade trophy from the Wonder Workshop in Tanzania, a ThinkTank camera bag and a trip to the Maasai Mara in Kenya, where he can put his wildlife photography skills to the test on African soil. DM
This story first appeared in our weekly Daily Maverick 168 newspaper, which is available countrywide for R29.