Sarah Skinner has won The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019 with her picture that captures the exact moment a cub was ‘playing’ with an adult lion in Botswana. The thought of what could happen next made the jury’s eyes water and Sarah the clear winner of the competition.
She was delighted when she heard the news: “It certainly warms my heart to know that this image will spread some laughter and happiness around the world. I am happy to report that this lioness continues to thrive in the pride, having seen her again in October this year.”
She continues stressing the importance of wildlife: “I can only hope and encourage everyone, as a collective to each do our part in the conservation of all wildlife species, so that future generations can enjoy them, in the same way that I have done during my career as a wildlife photographer.”
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is a global free to enter photography competition, showcasing seriously funny images of the earth’s most incredible wildlife. There were 4000 entries from 68 different countries that were then whittled down to 40 finalists.
The Affinity Photo People’s Choice Award, voted for by the public, went to Harry Walker for his charming shot of a slightly bemused otter taken in Alaska and titled ‘Oh My.’
Vlado Pirsa’s strikingly colorful shot of some birds in Croatia, titled ‘Family Disagreement’, won the Spectrum Photo Creatures of the Air Award.
Elaine Kruer was awarded the Amazing Internet Portfolio Award for ‘First Comes Love’, a series of 4 beautiful images of Cape ground squirrels in South Africa, seemingly on a journey courtship and love, culminating in a wedding.