Photographic Adventures :: Feathers, Fur & Scales Photo Contest

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. And during Safari Nights in June and July, the Zoo will be open every Saturday until 9 pm. It’s a great time for shutterbugs to capture animals as the beautiful late day sun sets.


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. Entrance fee is payable online.
September 30, 2014
We’ve gone digital! Entrance fee payments, and image submission are completed online at


Entrants may participate in only one category. Only photographs taken at the Dallas Zoo or the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park between April 1 and September 30, 2014, 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.

Photograph Requirements & Rules
• The entrant must take all photographs.
• There is a $15.00 entry fee that includes submission of up to three images per photographer per upload session.
• Images may be color or black & white
• Photos with obvious or excessive digital manipulation will not be judged.
• We’ve gone digital! Entries will only be accepted via uploaded at
• Each photograph should not exceed 8mb in size.
• Images must be submitted in .jpg format.

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 community, will judge the entries. All decisions made by the panel are final. Contest winners will be notified the week of October 13, 2014.

Winners’ Prizes & Publicity
First, second, and third place winners will be selected within each of the three age groups. The judges will 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.

All prizes will be awarded to the eligible winner in each category. 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.

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 Zoological Society, 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 Zoological Society, 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.

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

Photography Contest Enter Online

Take a peek at our 2013 winners!