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Feathers, Fur & Scales Photo Contest

Photography Contest

Photography enthusiasts have so much more to explore at the Dallas Zoo, including group and private Photo Safaris and Photo Safari Workshops.


Youth – 12 years & under
Teen – 13 to 19 years
Adult – 20 years and up
Entry Fee
$15.00 includes submission
of up to three (3) digital images.
Entry fee is payable online.
Deadline has been extended!
September 30, 2016
We’ve gone digital! Entry fee payments, and image submissions are completed online at

See the 2015 Feathers, Fur & Scales photo contest winners!

Entrants may participate in only one category: Youth, Teen, or Adult. Only photographs taken at the Dallas Zoo or the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park between April 1 and September 29, 2016, will be accepted for competition. All Zoo and Aquarium subject matter is eligible; however, preference will be given to photos of animals currently on exhibit.

Winners’ Prizes & Publicity
First, second, and third place winners will be selected within each of the three age groups. The judges may also select a grand prize winner from all of the winning entries. Judges’ decisions are final and binding with respect to all matters relating to this contest.

Photograph Requirements & Rules
• Entrant must take all photographs between April 1 and September 29, 2016.
• There is a $15.00 entry fee which covers up to three separate images per person per upload session.
• Images may be color or black & white
• Photos with obvious or excessive digital manipulation will not be judged.
• Entries will only be accepted via uploaded at
• Each photograph should not exceed 8mb in size and should be in .jpg format. Please make sure your images fit this criteria or they won’t be accepted.

Judging Criteria
Images will be judged primarily on the basis of general interest, photographic proficiency, and reproductive quality. A panel of jurors, chosen from the professional photographic community, will judge the entries. All decisions made by the panel are final. Contest winners will be notified during October, 2016.

Receipt of entries will not be acknowledged. Please do not call regarding image status or winning photos. Photographs remain the copyrighted property of the photographer. However, the Dallas Zoo, and the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park reserve the non-exclusive right to use the images submitted to the contest for publicity, advertising, promotional, educational, and other purposes without obtaining further permission and/or providing compensation. The Dallas Zoo, and the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park will attempt to give credit to the photographer. Your paid entry fee and upload of images to constitutes acceptance of these terms.

All prizes will be awarded to the eligible winner in each category. Prizes include a Canon camera, GoPro Hero 4, photo printer, camera accessories, and more. Prizes are not transferable, redeemable for cash or exchangeable for any other prize. Certain prizes may be date specific or may have an expiration date. Winners and their guests will be invited to an afternoon reception that includes a full buffet meal, display of the winning images, and awards presentation.


*Employees, families, and volunteers of the Dallas Zoo, and the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park are not eligible to participate.

Photography Contest Enter Online