Yesterday, wildlife expert and television presenter Bill Oddie OBE came to Twycross Zoo to officially launch our first ever photography competition. Open to all, our competition encourages people to explore the challenges facing animals in the wild and the conservation efforts that are going into preserving wildlife for future generations. Entry categories include: Young Zoo/Wildlife Photographer; Twycross Zoo Photographer of the Year; Zoo Photographer of the Year; Wildlife Photographer of the Year; and Pet Photographer of the Year.
Bill said “I am delighted to launch Twycross Zoo’s first photography competition.. While I’ve been incredibly fortunate to see some of the world’s most exciting wildlife, few people have the chance to film or photograph threatened species such as gorillas or leopards in their natural environment. Photography makes you look at the world in a different way, and this competition offers people a unique opportunity to observe animals and their behaviour at close quarters.”
Our Head of Life Sciences, Dr Charlotte McDonald added “We are looking for more than just a pretty picture in the Twycross Zoo photography competition. We want photographs that can speak, photographs that illustrate the struggles facing animals in the wild and that reflect the conservation efforts that are helping wildlife to thrive.” Contestants stand to win a range of exciting prizes including a number of cash prizes, travel vouchers, a zoo keeper experience, zoo membership and photography lessons at the zoo.
Other panellists judging the competition alongside Bill include TV science presenter and Twycross Zoo patron Professor Alice Roberts; Sharon Redrobe, our CEO; Lucy Ray, professional photographer; and Gillian Day our volunteer photographer. To find out more about the competition, and for information on how to enter please go here.
Prizes in the competition include £500 along with other cash prizes, annual memberships to Twycross Zoo and travel vouchers. We would like to thank Wildlife Worldwide for donating £600 worth of travel vouchers, and Discover the World Travel for donating £250 worth of travel vouchers.