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Virginia Zoo Launches Photo Contest for Annual Calendar

Words and Image courtesy of the Virginia Zoo.

Calling all shutterbugs! The Virginia Zoo is asking Hampton Roads photographers – professional and amateur – to enter its 2022 Calendar Photo Contest.

The grand prize-winning picture will be used as the cover of the Virginia Zoo’s 2022 calendar. The winner will also win a Virginia Zoo Behind the Scenes Tour. Eleven other photos will be selected to use throughout the publication. The picture must include Virginia Zoo animals or gardens, and only photos taken on or after June 1, 2020, will be accepted. Any photos used will be credited to the photographer.

Applicants can submit one entry of four photos per person. Entries must be in high-resolution digital format and submitted electronically through the Zoo’s website. Only photos in landscape, or horizontal, format will be accepted.

The photo contest begins today, July 1 and ends July 31 at 11:59 p.m.

“Visitors are often the eyes and ears of the Zoo,” said Greg Bockheim, Virginia Zoo Executive Director. “They are able to capture the animals doing something funny or cute and we want to see that. This contest helps us portray them in a way that not everyone may get to see on a visit,” Bockheim added.

The panel of judges, which consists of Zoo staff, base their winning image selections on creativity, photographic quality and originality of the content. Winners will be notified via email if selected.

For entry criteria and to submit your photos, visit

About the Virginia Zoo

The Virginia Zoo, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is home to more than 700 exceptional animals representing over 150 fascinating species. Founded in 1901 and residing on 53 beautifully landscaped acres, the Virginia Zoo has demonstrated a commitment to saving and protecting the world’s wildlife by inspiring a passion for nature and taking conservation action at home and around the world. The Virginia Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is recognized as a global leader in education, recreation, science, wildlife conservation, and animal care and welfare. For more than a century, the Zoo has connected adults, families and school children with the natural world and its wildlife. To learn more, visit

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