Grahm S. Jones is the Winner of the 2017 AZA Photo Contest

December 2017

Grahm S. Jones

Grahm Jones was raised in Columbus and began taking pictures (and visiting the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium) at an early age. After high school, he decided to pursue this interest and attended the Columbus College of Art and Design, graduating with a degree in photography.

Grahm has worked in the Columbus Zoo’s media productions department since 2003. His job includes all the photography and videography needs of the Zoo and its affiliates, Zoombezi Bay, Safari Golf Course and The Wilds.

His imagery has been featured in USA Today,, the Washington Post, National Geographic,, CBS News, Good Morning America, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild, Columbus Monthly, The Columbus Dispatch and has received widespread coverage through various social media platforms.

His goal is to present others with imagery that stirs their emotions and causes them to care about the Columbus Zoo’s mission to protect wildlife and wild places.

Photographing wildlife also requires some creativity in capturing special moments. For this image of the polar bears Anana and her cub, Amelia Gray, Grahm leaned out above the Zoo’s Polar Frontier habitat with his Nikon D750 camera and 70-200mm lens while wearing a safety harness so he could shoot straight down as Anana gave Amelia a swim lesson.

Aside from his image making at the Zoo, Grahm most enjoys getting lost and shooting landscapes and forgotten things with his trusty Hasselblad. Someday he will actually get around to putting some of it on his wall.

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