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Annual photographic competition

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Our annual photographic competition, sponsored by Jessops and HB, challenges budding and amateur photographers to take a picture of our animals during a visit to the zoo for the chance to win a number of prizes.

The 2018 photographic competition launched on 2 May 2018 and closes on Friday 14 September 2018 at 4pm. 

There are six categories to enter: 
Category Category name  Prizes 
Category A Best picture taken by a club   photographer  First place: £200, trophy, winning image on A3 canvas and discount voucher for  Jessops Academy
 Second place: £150 and winning image on A4 canvas
 Third place: £100 and winning image on A4 canvas
Category B  Best picture taken by a zoo visitor  First place: £100 and winning image on A3 canvas
 Second place: Winning image on A4 canvas 
 Third place: Winning image on A4 canvas
Category C  Best black and white picture First place: £100 and winning image on A3 canvas
 Second place: Winning image on A4 canvas
 Third place: Winning image on A4 canvas
Category D  Best funny caption  First place: Belfast Zoo family membership and goodie bag
Category E  Best picture taken by someone under 16 First place: Belfast Zoo family membership and winning image on A3 canvas
 Second place: Winning image on A4 canvas
 Third place: Winning image on A4 canvas
Category F  Best picture of zoo gardens or landscapes
First place: £100 and winning image on A3 canvas
 Second place: Winning image on A4 canvas
 Third place: Winning image on A4 canvas

How to enter

You can enter using our online form or by post.

The closing date for entries is Friday 14 September 2018 at 4pm.

Enter online

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 name and category you want to enter. For example, JoeBloggsCatA1.jpg and JoeBloggsCatA2.jpg. 

Enter our online form

If you are having trouble with this form, please email photocomp@belfastzoo.co.uk

Enter 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
Belfast
BT36 7PN

Please write the following information on the back of each photo:

  • name of entrant
  • category
  • age (under 16s only)

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions before submitting your photos.

Photo competition
Download our photo competition terms and conditions. (PDF - 150KB)

Calling all club photographers

Club photographers are entitled to free admission to the zoo on the following dates:

 Date  Time 
 Saturday 9 June 2018   Early morning (8.30am - 10am) 
 Friday 22 June 2018  Late evening (4.30pm to 6pm) 
 

For free entry you must show a valid club membership card or a letter from your photographic club. You cannot enter the zoo without proof of membership and can only stay for the allocated time. 

Child club members, aged 16 or under, must be supervised by an adult. Normal admission will apply for the adult.

Photo competition 2017

View the winning entries from our 2017 competition

Belfast Zoo Photo Competition winners 2017

Previous competitions


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.