Milford Photo sponsors the 4th Annual Beardsley Zoo Photo Contest

The Beardsley Zoo in Connecticut is proud to announce that its fourth annual photography contest is open for submissions, an opportunity for the zoo’s many dedicated amateur and professional photographers to submit their best work to the public. The competition, sponsored by Milford Photo, will combine digital submissions with an in-person exhibition.

This year, the zoo is adding a special youth category, with a separate prize for submissions from children 16 and under. Contest sponsor, Milford Photo, will be at the Zoo on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to demonstrate cameras, Sigma lenses and share photography techniques for photographers of all skill levels, beginner to advanced. .

This year’s competition and exhibit is presented in honor of Kathy Brady, an avid photographer who loved nature, the zoo and photographing wildlife. A New York resident, Kathy passed away after a brief illness. Many of his favorite photographs will be featured at the event.

Photos must be submitted digitally for a first round, with the top 100 selected for exhibition and judging. Photographers selected for the in-person exhibition will be asked to print and paste their photo (8 x 10 format). Judging will take place in July, with an in-person exhibit to be held on Thursday, July 28 in the zoo’s Hanson building.

Exhibition rules

  • Each photographer can submit three photos, for a fee of $10 per photo. Youth submissions are $5 per photo.
  • For the best quality viewing photos online, the recommended image size is 1088 x 816 pixels with a maximum file size of 1MB.
  • Photos must have been taken on zoo grounds. Photos of plants and soils are allowed. These can 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, Milford Photo will also provide a gift certificate for the youth category.
  • In addition to the judged photos, a public choice will be selected. The public can vote for their favorite by donating one dollar for each vote. Voting will take place online.
  • First-round digital photos must be submitted by July 4 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Photographers are invited to upload their submissions here
  • If you have any questions, email Jessica Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

“Art is a natural way for people to express their love of animals and their appreciation of nature,” zoo director Gregg Dancho said. “Our annual report Photography goes wild The contest helps showcase the amazing diversity of species at the zoo and, we hope, encourages people to focus on preserving wild habitats and conserving animals in new ways.

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

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