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Could you be our next big wildlife photographer?

Date: 22 Apr 2019 - 20 Sep 2019

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Get ready to ‘zoom’ in and get those amazing snaps for our annual photography competition that launches on 22 April 2019 until 20 September 2019.

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 for you to enter, including:

  • Category A – best picture taken by a club photographer
  • Category B – best picture taken by a zoo visitor
  • Category C – best black and white picture
  • Category D – best funny caption
  • Category E – best picture taken by someone 16 or under
  • Category F - best picture of zoo gardens or landscapes

 Club photography

  • Friday 28 June (4pm-6pm)
  • Saturday 29 June (from 9am)
  • Saturday 27 July (4pm-6pm)
  • Sunday 28 July (from 9am)

Closing date

20 September 2019

How to enter

You can enter using our online form or by post.

Enter our online form

 

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 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)

Here are our winners and runners-up from 2018:

Category A - Best picture taken by a club photographer
1st prize Red panda by Joe Beattie
2nd prize Rothschild's giraffe by Vittorio Silvestri
3rd prize Red-backed bearded saki by Pamela Wilson
Highly commended Sumatran tiger by Joe Beattie&nbsp
Crowned lemur by Geraldine Ennis

 

Category B - Best picture taken by a zoo visitor
1st prize Western lowland gorilla by Sarah O'Caithan
2nd prize Sumatran tiger by Edward Clarke
3rd prize Malayan sun bear by Marina Kulakova
Highly commended California sea lion by Kerri Shanks
Scheepmaker's crowned pigeon by Linda Thompson

 

Category C - Best black and white picture
1st prize Rodrigues fruit bat by Linda Thompson
2nd prize Western lowland gorilla by Bruce Marshall
3rd prize Rothschild's giraffe by Gareth O'Caithan
Highly commended Francois langur by Pamela Wilson
Barbary lion by Phillip Blair

 

Category D - Best funny caption Caption
1st prize Western lowland gorilla by Bruce Marshall "Watch I can do keepie uppies as well"
Highly commended Rothschild's giraffes by Anthony Walker "Undefeated hide and seek champion, Belfast Zoo 2018"
Rothschild's giraffe and Ostrich by Tim Ligget "You told me you could fly!"

 

Category E - Best picture taken by someone under 16
1st prize Sumatran tiger by Jack Sweeney
Highly commended Rodrigues fruit bat by Amy Jamison 
Cuban tree boa by Ethan Corrigan

 

Category F - Best picture of zoo gardens or landscapes
1st prize Zoo entrance by Bruce Marshall
2nd prize Floral Hall by Gareth O'Caithan
3rd prize Meerkat and scenery by Gareth O'Caithan
Highly commended Francois langur and Belfast Lough by Tim Turner

 

For more information email photocomp@belfastzoo.co.uk