Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is proud to announce the winners from its fourth non-juried photography exhibition, “Photography Goes Wild.” More than 100 photos were submitted from the Zoo’s many dedicated amateur and professional photographers, and hundreds of votes were received online for a People’s Choice winner. This year, a Youth Category was included for the first time, for children 16 years and younger.
Photographers were invited to submit up to three photos of animals from Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, from current or previous years. Judges were Jesse Thompson, co-owner of Milford Photo; Roger Salls, owner of Roger Salls Photography; and Jack Bradley, Zoo volunteer and instructor of Zoo classes on animal photography. Judge for the Youth Category was Ashlie Steinau of Ashlie Steinau Photography.
Photography Exhibition sponsor Milford Photo provided the first, second, and third and youth prizes in the form of gift certificates to the store. In addition, a People’s Choice Award was selected, based on $1 votes from the audience. There was also a Zoo Director’s Choice, with Gregg Dancho selecting his favorite photo.
First Place: “A Little Koi Magic” by Sue Cohen of Stamford (Koi fish)
Second Place: “Lend a Helping Hand” by Robyn Abrams of Newtown (close up)
Third Place: “Snowy Wolf” by Cassandra Schellhas of Stratford (wolf)
Youth Winner: “Chillin’ on My Cliff” by Paul Zello of West Haven (Amur leopard)
“Kung Fu Prairie Dogs” by Lexi Crocco of Orange
“Business Portrait” by Linda Piddington of Monroe
“Summertime Snack” by Samantha DeMarco of Milford
“Glamour Tiger” by Lexi Crocco of Orange
“Speak No Evil” by Samantha DeMarco of Milford
Zoo Director’s Choice:
“Peek A Boo” by Ellie Piddington of Monroe
“Art is a natural way for people to express their love of animals and appreciation of nature,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “The Photography Goes Wild Exhibit 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.”
Milford Photo Co-Owner Jesse Thompson said, “It’s been great partnering with the Zoo by providing area photographers with a fun venue to shoot and display their work. Milford Photo looks forward to more events at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo.”