My AZA Visitor Photo Contest

Calling all visitors to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums! AZA's first visitor photo contest opens on July 5th. We invite you to submit the best photo (one) from your visit (please, no human faces - animals and habitats only). The top winner will be featured across AZA's social media cover images. Other winners will be highlighted on social and in AZA's digital Connect.

The photo should be taken in the last two years by visitors of an Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited facility. AZA staff and a panel of guest judges will review the photos, and the winner will be featured for 30 days on AZA's social media cover image. Other exceptional photos will be highlighted on AZA's social media. The photos may also appear on AZA's website and/or other promotional materials.

Official Rules

The AZA Public Photo Contest is open only to individuals who are legal residents and physically located in the fifty (50) states in the United States or the District of Columbia and who are at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of entry. Employees, officers, and directors of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, or staff and volunteers of AZA-accredited, certified related facilities or commercial members are not eligible to enter the Contest or win a prize. 

The Contest begins on or about 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, July 5, 2021 and all entries must be received on or before 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, July 19, 2021. Photos cannot include human faces. 
Review the Official Rules here

Format for Submission

Submissions should include the name of the photographer, the AZA facility where the photo was taken, and the date the photo was taken in the file name. If possible, please include the species in the file name. Only one photo entry will be accepted per visitor, so send in your best image. Pictures can include animals and zoo or aquarium scenes — please do not submit a photo including human faces. 


The deadline for entries is July 19.

Winners will be announced on July 30 on AZA's social media. 

Photographer Guest Judges

Brenna Hernandez, Shedd Aquarium
Grahm S. Jones, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Ron Magill, Zoo Miami
Julie Larsen Maher, Wildlife Conservation Society
Todd Stailey, Tennessee Aquarium

NEW: Download Wallpapers for Desktop, Mobile and Tablet Devices

Chameleon photo contestYou can now download the 2020 Photo Contest Winner and Honorable Mentions from the staff and volunteer contest as backgrounds for your computer, phone, or tablet. 


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