Funny Photos and My Winning Shots in the Comedy Wildlife Awards

A series of four photos of an elephant rolling around in and getting up from a bath in the mud. “Joy of a Mudbath,” Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe. 2021 Comedy Wildlife – Portfolio Award, © Vicki Jauron
“Joy of a Mudbath,” Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe. 2021 Comedy Wildlife – Portfolio Award, © Vicki Jauron

By Vicki Jauron

Back in 2019 a friend sent me a link to the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.  “You have some pretty funny stuff,” she said, “You should really enter this contest.”  At that point I had only started submitting images in a few competitions with no success, and was still trying to get over my intrinsic fear of the whole process.   What I liked about the Comedy Wildlife Photography competition is that it seemed a little less daunting and scary, and it was also a little more obvious what they wanted – an image that makes you laugh, right? 

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The Things We Do for Love featuring “The Grebe Whisperer” Krisztina Scheeff

The Nature Photographer episode #12 on Wild & Exposed podcast

Krisztina Scheeff is known as “The Grebe Whisperer” around her home base of Lake Hodges in San Diego County, California, where she’s been studying and photographing Western and Clark’s grebes’ elaborate courtship rituals that include “rushing” or walking on water. Krisztina offers Dawn, Mark, and Michael insight into bird behavior, how workshops have changed since COVID 19, and how she chooses destinations for her photography tours—like her regular trips to rural Scotland and Ireland for dramatic landscapes, puffins, and, admittedly, the local pubs. She’s also got some packing advice, including why she travels with a tarp to lay on when working around birds. 

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