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William Brown Award

*Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the original deadline of Friday 22 May has been extended until further notice.*

William Brown was a long term serving member of Friends of the Zoo and dedicated a lot of his time to helping the group and the zoo. William also had a strong passion for both education and conservation. Belfast Zoo is delighted to partner with Friends of the Zoo in creating this award to honour William's memory, and his longstanding support for conservation. Local and global wildlife are increasingly under threat, therefore it is our responsibility to play an active and vital conservation role to ensure the future survival of species and habitats.

All entries must be in by 4pm on Friday 22 May 2020. Shortlisting will start on Tuesday 26 May 2020 and will be done by representatives of zoo education and Friends of the Zoo to effectively focus on the highest quality entries that progress to final judging. Judging will finish on Friday 5 June 2020 and winners will be informed. 

All winners will be announced on the zoo’s website and on social media on 8 June 2020. The award ceremony will be on Tuesday 23 June (subject to winners’ availability).

About the William Brown Award

The William Brown Conservation Award is an award for children and young people aged between 8 and 16 years old. Children and young people can get involved in one of three categories:
  • As a school group;
  • As a community group; or
  • As an individual.
Participants from each of the three categories must:
  • Choose an aspect of local native wildlife (this could be a single animal species; a local habitat you love exploring; a species of tree or other plant that appeals to you). 
  • Tell us what you know and have discovered about your choice briefly in regards to its conservation status. This can be done through posters, drawings, paintings, videos or a short piece of writing of 100 – 500 words.
  • Let us know what actions you have taken to protect your chosen species/habitat (this could be anything from planting wild flowers for bees and bats, cleaning up a polluted habitat, to joining a local red squirrel group).
  • Let as many people know what you have found out and done to help native wildlife and encourage others to do the same. Communication could be done through a school assembly, local press, social media or any other way. It will be up to you!

For more information contact our education team on 028 9077 6277 extension: 204 and 228 or email

How to apply

  • To enter the William Brown Award, you must create a piece of work on native conservation. This can be a poster, a presentation, a story, a report or anything creative! 
  • Once created, you must submit your work via our online form.
  • Please ensure all required fields are filled out and that your work is successfully attached before submitting.


  • William Brown Conservation Award (this overall main winner can be chosen from any category): £250
  • School group award: £100
  • Community group award: £100
  • Individual award: £100

Terms and conditions          

  • The competition is open to children and young people from eight to 16 only.
  • Submissions must cover the topic of native species conservation.
  • Submissions must follow guidelines and will be judged on: appropriateness of topic; depth of exploration; presentation; conservation action; and communication with others.
  • Inventories of all work that is submitted will be sent to you. You must check this before shortlisting starts.
  • We will do all we can to take reasonable care of the entries you send in but we cannot accept responsibility if we do not receive them (whether or not you have proof of posting), or for any loss or damage.
  • Proof of electronic submission is not proof of receipt by Belfast Zoo.
  • Belfast Zoo retains the right to free reproduction and exhibition of all entries. By entering, you grant permission for us to publish the work for an indefinite period in any media chosen and on web and social media communications. No commercial payment will be made by Belfast Zoo or Belfast City Council for the use of your entries.
  • Submissions unfortunately cannot be returned to you.
  • Entrants must be the sole author and owner of copyright for all submissions entered.
  • All photos entered must be labelled with your name and category.
  • If submitting an entry with an individual pictured, photographers must seek permission from anyone recognisable (or the parent or guardian of minors pictured).
  • Belfast Zoo reserves the right to decide which submissions or parts of submissions are used for marketing or promotional resources.
  • All entrants agree, by entering, that they will take part in related publicity and to the use of their name for the purpose of advertising, promotion and publicity of the competition without additional compensation.
  • No one person can enter more than one category.
  • By entering, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to these terms and conditions.
  • Belfast Zoo reserves the right to take age into consideration. Submitters will be judged on how well they have done for their age.
  • A panel of judges will choose the winners. The decision is final and no discussion will be entered into.
  • No Belfast Zoo employees or contracted companies/partners may enter the competition.
  • By entering, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to these terms and conditions.
  • Proof of age and/or ID may be asked to be provided by finalists.