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Photographic Adventures :: Feathers, Fur & Scales Photo Contest

Feathers, Fur & Scales Photo Contest



Eligibility, rules & requirements

Photographers of ALL ages are invited to submit entries into the 2017 Feathers, Fur & Scales photo contest!

The Feathers, Fur & Scales photo contest is open from April 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017. Photos entered must be taken between this time period at either the Dallas Zoo or Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park.

Entries are divided into three judging categories based on age:

  • Youth – 12 years and younger
  • Teen – 13 to 19 years old
  • Adults – 20 years and older

Entry fee: $15 allows for submission of three photographs for judging. Photographers may pay additional entry fees to submit more photos.

  • Photographs may be submitted in color or black and white.
  • Images with obvious or excessive digital manipulation will not be judged.
  • Photographs will be uploaded online in JPG format and not exceed 8 MB in size.
  • Upon payment, you’ll receive an e-mail with photo upload instructions.

Judging criteria & prizes

Photos will be judged on the basis of general interest, photographic proficiency, and reproductive quality. All Zoo and Aquarium subject matter is eligible; however, preference will be given to photos of animals currently on exhibit. A panel of judges, chosen from the professional photographic community, will evaluate the entries. Contest winners will be notified in October 2017.

Prizes will be awarded to the eligible winners in each category. Winners and their guests will be invited to an afternoon reception that includes food, display of the winning images, and awards presentation.
 The submission period for this year’s contest is now closed. We look forward to your entries in 2018!

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.

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