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Posted on: July 2, 2019

Virginia Zoo Holds Fourth Annual Photo Contest

Calling all shutterbugs!

Virginia Zoo Holds Fourth Annual Photo Contest

NORFOLK, VA - Calling all shutterbugs! The Virginia Zoo is asking Hampton Roads photographers – professional and amateur – to enter its 2020 Zoo Calendar Photo Contest.
The grand prize-winning picture will be used as the cover of the Virginia Zoo’s 2020 calendar. The winner will also receive a Zoo behind-the-scenes tour of their choice. Eleven other photos will be selected to use throughout the publication. 

“The annual photo contest has become a staff favorite,” said Greg Bockheim, Executive Director of the Virginia Zoo. “We love seeing the Zoo and our animals from the perspective of our Zoo Fans, plus the contest adds yet another reason to come to the Zoo and see what’s new!” The contest, in its fourth year, brought in nearly 400 images last year that were then narrowed down to 30 and voted on by Zoo staff members. Photographs are selected based on creativity, photographic quality and originality of the content.

Photographs must include Virginia Zoo animals or gardens, and only photos taken on or after August 1, 2018 will be accepted. Any images used will be credited to the photographer. Applicants can submit one entry of four photos per person. Entries must be in high-resolution digital format, and submitted electronically through the Zoo’s website. Only photos in landscape, or horizontal, format will be accepted.

The photo contest begins at 12 a.m. on July 1 and ends August 31 at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be notified via email in September. To submit your photos, visit

About the Virginia Zoo 
The Virginia Zoo, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is home to more than 700 exceptional animals representing over 100 fascinating species. Founded in 1901 and residing on 53 beautifully landscaped acres, the Virginia Zoo has demonstrated a commitment to saving and protecting the world’s wildlife by inspiring a passion for nature and taking conservation action at home and around the world. The Virginia Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is recognized as a global leader in education, recreation, science, wildlife conservation, and animal care and welfare. For more than a century, the Zoo has connected adults, families and school children with the natural world and its wildlife. To learn more, visit


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