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Annual photo competition

Could you be our next big wildlife photographer? 

Get ready to ‘zoom’ in and get those amazing snaps for our annual photography competition that launches on 10 April 2020 until 25 September 2020.

Our annual competition, now in its 37th year, is sponsored by Jessops and Phil Smyth Photography. The competition challenges both professionals and amateurs to creatively capture zoo life through their camera lenses. We welcome you to submit all your amazing zoo photos to our competition for the chance to win some amazing prizes!

There are a number of categories to enter, including:

Category A - Best picture taken by a professional
Category B - Best picture taken by a club photographer     
Category C - Best picture taken by someone under 16
Category D - Marvellous mammals
Category E - Feathered friends
Category F - Really reptiles


Closing date:

25 September 2020

How to enter:

You can enter using our online form or by post. If you're entering online, please make sure each of your photos are no larger than 3MB. 

Before you upload your photos, please save them by entrants full name, category name and given a number. For example, JoeBloggsCatA1.jpg and JoeBloggsCatA2.jpg.

Entry by post 

We will accept hard copies on A4 paper. Place your photos in a secure package and post or hand deliver them to:

Belfast Zoological Gardens
Antrim Road
BT36 7PN

Please write the following information on the back of each photo:
• name of entrant
• category
• age (under 16s only)

Here are our winners and runners-up from 2019.

Belfast Zoo Photo Competition 2019

 Category A - Best picture taken by a club photographer 
 1st prize (overall winner) Ring tailed lemurs by Robert Sergeant
 2nd prize Malayan sun bear by Steve Haydon
 3rd prize White-bellied pygmy marmoset by Nigel Bell 
Highly commended  Panther chameleon by Malcolm Moorehead
 Yellow mongoose by Malcolm Moorehead

 Category B - Best picture taken by a zoo visitor 
 1st prize Palm cockatoo by Bruce Marshall
 2nd prize White-tailed sea eagle by Mo Rainey
 3rd prize Black-tailed prairie dog by Mervyn Marshall
 Highly commended Ostrich by John McMullan
 Rothschild’s giraffe by Lesley Barker

 Category C - Best black and white picture 
 1st prize    Visayan warty pig by Mervyn Marshall   
 2nd prize Eastern black and white colobus monkey by Mervyn Marshall
 3rd prize Chimpanzee by Mervyn Marshall
 Highly commended  Southern screamer by Malcolm Moorehead
 Barbary lion by Mervyn Marshall

Category D - Best funny caption   Caption:                            
1st prize     François Langur by Stephen McComb    "Peek-a-boo"

 Category E - Best picture taken by someone under 16 
 1st prize Gentoo penguin by Luke Jordan (age 8) 
 2nd prize Linne's two-toed sloth by Luke Jordan (age 8)
 3rd prize Crowned lemur by Jack Sweeney (age 13)
 Highly commended

Heron by Connie Hamilton (age 13) 

Yellow mongoose by Ethan Corrigan (age 10)

 Category F - Best picture of zoo gardens or landscapes
 1st prize Cave hill with giraffe by Sean Megahey
 2nd prize Mountain walk view by Bruce Marshall
 3rd prize Zoo entrance in bloom by Deirdre Corrigan


For more information email or call 028 9077 6277 ext 229

Previous competitions

View our previous winners and runners-up from our past competitions. 

View the winners of our 2018 photo competition.
Photo competition 2017 icon
View the winners of our 2017 photo competition.
Photo competition 2016
View the winners of our 2016 photo competition.
Photo competition 2015
View the winners of our 2015 photo competition.
Photo competition 2014
View the winners of our 2014 photo competition.
Photo competition 2013
View the winners of our 2013 photo competition.