December 2016


2016 AZA Photo Contest


John Ireland of the North Carolina Zoo Wins 2016 AZA Photo Contest with Portrait of Arctic Fox

Image of Connect December 2016 Cover with Arctic Fox A self-taught photographer, John Ireland’s love of photography developed after high-school when he received a Minolta camera as a graduation gift.  Even early on he had a good eye for what makes an excellent photograph.  John likes to think outside of the box, looking for new angles and interesting light for each shot.  A bare-bones photographer, almost all of the photographs he takes utilizes only natural light and no props.  Using only a 75-300mm and an 18-55mm lens, John relies on his patience and the subjects to present the perfect shot. 

Honorable Mentions in the 2016 AZA Photo Contest

2016 AZA Photo Contest Highlights

On the Cover

Arctic Fox © John Ireland, North Carolina Zoo

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