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Milford Photo sponsors Beardsley Zoo's photography contest

Beardsley Zoo photography contest now OPEN for submissions!

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is proud to announce its third annual photography contest is open for submissions, an opportunity for the Zoo’s many dedicated amateur and professional photographers to submit their best work for public viewing. The contest, sponsored by Milford Photo, will be a hybrid event this year, combining digital submissions with an in-person exhibition. 

Photos are to be submitted digitally for a first round, with the top 100 selected for exhibition and judging. Photographers selected for the in-person exhibit will be asked to print and mat their photo (size 8 x 10).  Judging will take place mid-September, with an in-person show held on Thursday, October 7 in the Zoo’s Hanson Building. 

Exhibit Rules

  • Each photographer can submit three photos, with a $10 fee per photo. 
  • Photos must have been taken on Zoo grounds. Plants and grounds photos are allowed. They may be older photos from a previous year as well as current photos.
  • Milford Photo will provide First, Second, and Third prizes in the form of gift certificates to the store. First prize is $200, second prize is $100, and third prize is $50.
  •  In addition to the judged photos, a People’s Choice will be selected. The public can vote on their favorite by making a one-dollar donation for each vote. Voting will take place online.
  • Digital, first round photos are due to be submitted by September 12 at 11:59 p.m. 
  • Photographers are invited to upload their submissions at  https://www.beardsleyzoo.org/photography-exhibition.html
  • If you have questions, email Jessica Taylor at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • For the best quality for viewing the photos online, the recommended image size is 1088 x 816 pixels with a maximum file size of 1MB. 

“Art is a natural way for people to express their love of animals and appreciation of nature,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “Our third Photography Goes Wild contest helps to showcase the stunning diversity of species at the Zoo, and we hope, encourages people to focus on preserving wild habitats and animal conservation in new ways.”

“We thank Milford Photo for their continuing partnership in this event,” he added. “Their assistance in judging submissions and providing prizes is much appreciated.”

Photo: First Place Photo from the 2020 Photography Goes Wild Contest, by Eileen Curnin

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