And the winner of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 goes to… Jason Moore for his timeless photo “Air Guitar Roo” showing a kangaroo rocking out.
Jason captured the image (below) of the female Western grey kangaroo in the outer suburbs of Perth. He was out with his camera in the early morning, hoping to capture some of the Australian wildlife in the “golden hour” of sunlight. After picturing some waterfowl at a nearby lake, he was driving home and noticed a number of kangaroos frolicking in a patch of open bushland covered in picturesque wildflowers.
“When I arrived, there were a number of Kangaroos in the field. The morning light was still favourable so I grabbed my camera and headed off to a spot where I could get down to eye level with my subjects, amongst the biting ticks (the lengths we go to, just to get that perfect image.) I ended up shooting about 40 or 50 frames of the Kangaroos with various content including Mum’s, Joey’s and also some action shots of them bouncing along through the yellow field,” Jason said in a statement seen by IFLScience.
“The shoot turned out to be a great session, and I am quite fond of several images that I captured. 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,” he added.
This year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards saw 5,300 entries from 1,842 entrants representing 85 countries worldwide. There were six Category Winners, including young photographer Jacek Stankiewicz with his image of two greenfinches called “Dispute,” which managed to win both the Junior Award and the Affinity Photo 2 People's Choice Award.
Other Category Winners included Vittorio Ricci from Italy for their image “Unexpected Plunge” of a heron ungracefully falling out of the sky and into the water, which won the Spectrum Photo Creatures in the Air Award.
The winner of the Creatures Under the Sea category was awarded to Otter Kwek from Singapore for their image of an otter in the midst of a ballerina-like twirl.
Tímea Ambrus won the Amazing Internet Portfolio Award with a collection of four images showing a ground squirrel leaping into the air before crashing down in an undignified tumble.
Lily Bernau won the Video Award for her film, titled “Too Cold”, of a lone penguin that looks as if it’s too scared to take the plunge into the icy sea.
There were also 10 additional entries that were recognized as Highly Commended Winners: Tzahi Finkelstein, John Blumenkamp, Zoe Ashdown, Brian Matthews, Lara Matthews, Delphine Casimir, Pratick Mondal, Wendy Kaveney, Jacques Poulard, and Dakota Vaccaro.
If this collection of feelgood wildlife photography tickled your fancy, be sure to check out the winners of last’s year Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022. You can also see 2021 ’s competition winners right here.