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Annual photographic competition

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Our annual photographic competition is now in its 36th year. Sponsored by Jessops and Phil Smyth Photography the competition challenges both professionals and amateurs to creatively capture zoo life through their camera lenses for a chance to win some amazing prices

The 2019 photographic competition will open on Monday 22 April 2019 and close on Friday 20 September 2019.

In 2018 the competition received a record number of entries to the competition, with 750 entries. Online entries were first introduced in 2017 which provided a more effective and efficient way of engaging with entrants and resulted in an increased number of entries.

The competition is open to all zoo visitors and photography clubs.

There are six categories to enter: 

Category Category name  Prizes 
Category A Best picture taken by a club  photographer 

First place: Winning image on A3 canvas, discount voucher for Jessops Academy, £250 and name on trophy
Second place: Winning image on A4 canvas and £150
Third place: Winning image on A4 canvas and £100

Category B  Best picture taken by a zoo visitor 

First place: Winning image on A3 canvas and £100
Second place: Winning image on A4 canvas
Third place: Winning image on A4 canvas

Category C  Best black and white picture

First place: Winning image on A3 canvas and £100
Second place: Winning image on A4 canvas
Third place: Winning image on A4 canvas

Category D Best picture of zoo gardens or landscapes

First place: Winning image on A3 canvas and £100
Second place: Winning image on A4 canvas
Third place: Winning image on A4 canvas

Category E Best photo taken by someone under 16

First place: Winning image on A3 canvas and zoo child membership
Second place: Winning image on A4 canvas
Third place: Winning image on A4 canvas

Category F Best funny caption

First place: Zoo membership and goodie bag

How to enter

You can enter using our online form or by post.

The closing date for entries is Friday 2 September 2019 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 entrants full name, category name and given a number. For example, JoeBloggsCatA1.jpg and JoeBloggsCatA2.jpg. 

Enter our online form

For more information email photocomp@belfastzoo.co.uk or call 028 9077 6277 ext 229

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)

Previous competitions

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

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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.