The overall winner for 2020, @ComedyWildlife has been awarded to Mark Fitzpatrick for the photo ‘Terry the Turtle flipping the bird’, which was selected from more than 7,000 entries.
Mark captured the image when he was swimming with the turtles off Lady Elliot Island in Queensland, Australia. He managed to catch the moment when Terry’s flipper is pulling back as he swims towards the camera, making it appear as if the turtle is actually flipping Mark the bird and means it.
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#1 Overall Winner And Creatures Under The Water Award Winner : “Terry The Turtle Flipping The Bird” By Mark Fitzpatrick
“My photo of Terry the Turtle flipping the bird, with Terry giving people a laugh in what has been a difficult year for many, hopefully will also encourage more people to take a moment and think about how much our incredible wildlife depend on us and what we can do to help them,” the photographer said. “Flippers crossed that this award puts Terry in a better mood the next time I see him at Lady Elliot Island!”
The winner of the photo competition also won a safari in the Masai Mara, Kenya, with Alex Walker’s Serian, a unique handmade trophy from the Wonder Workshop in Tanzania, a photography bag from Think Tank, and a Nikon camera.
#2 Highly Commended: “Fun For All Ages” By Thomas Vijayan
The contest also awards various category winners (people’s choice, animals in the land, creatures of the air, internet portfolio, junior and video) and 10 Highly Commended Winners.
In addition to providing some light-hearted relief, the competition aims to highlight the desperately vital message of wildlife conservation in an engaging and positive way, working with The Born Free Foundation, the main competition partner.
“Shooting the most common is the most challenging thing,” says Thomas Vijayan. “Langurs are very common, but waiting for a right moment needs lots of patience. A playful monkey with its family is a special frame for me.”
#3 Highly Commended: “Smiley” By Arthur Telle Thiemenn
The team hosted a warm and lovely award ceremony live on Instagram on Tuesday evening which drew in watchers from all around the globe.
Overall winner Mark said that he was “stoked and honored” to be awarded the Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year title for 2020. He won a once in a lifetime safari in the Masai Mara, in Kenya, with Alex Walker’s Serian. Mark also won a unique handmade trophy from the Wonder Workshop in Tanzania, a photography bag from Think Tank, and a brand new Nikon camera.
“It’s been amazing to see the reaction to my photo of Terry the Turtle flipping the bird, with Terry giving people a laugh in what has been a difficult year for many, as well as helping spread an important conservation message. Hopefully, Terry the Turtle can encourage more people to take a moment and think about how much our incredible wildlife depends on us and what we can do to help them. Flippers crossed that this award puts Terry in a better mood the next time I see him at Lady Elliot Island!” he said.
#4 Highly Commended: “Tough Negotiations” By Ayala Fishaimer
#5 Affinity Photo People’s Choice Award Winner: “O Sole Mio” By Roland Kranitz
#6 Highly Commended: “It’s A Mocking Bird” By Sally Lloyd-Jones
Founders Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks started the contest to raise awareness about wildlife conservation. They hope the pictures encourage people to shop responsibly, be mindful of their water use, and speak out about environmental issues … in addition to making people laugh. Together, they hope to highlight the importance of wildlife conservation in an engaging and positive way along with their main competition partner, the Born Free Foundation.
“People in lockdown have found time to either take new images of their local wildlife or have found the time to wrestle through years of images stuck on hard drives. It has made our lockdown much more manageable, and as a small team, we have been able to maintain continual contact via video calls to keep the competition on the right track.”
#7 Highly Commended: “Social Distance, Please!” By Petr Sochman
#8 Highly Commended: “Seriously, Would You Share Some” By Krisztina Scheeff
#9 Amazing Internet Portfolio Award Winner: “Deadly Fart” By Daisy Gilardini
Tom firmly believes that the entries get better and better with each and every year. This year, in particular, there have been more images than ever. “The winner, however, is never obvious at any stage of the competition! The judges are remarkably different in how they judge the humor of an image. The technical side of the photography is taken care of by Paul and myself and we then ask the judges to score the final images on humor!” Tom shared.