Winners Announced in Annual Capture the Wild OKC Zoo Photo Contest - 2013
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Oklahoma Zoological Society
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Winners Announced in Annual Capture the Wild OKC Zoo Photo Contest
Oklahoma City, OK - The Oklahoma Zoological Society named 13 winners in the annual Capture the Wild Oklahoma City Zoo Photo Contest.
For the past 30 years, zoo enthusiasts of all ages have submitted an array of photographs that capture a glimpse of any of the 2,000-plus animals, plant species and beautiful landscape at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
“Every year we receive hundreds of photos that showcase our wonderful zoo,” said Dana McCrory, Executive Director for the Oklahoma Zoological Society. “We are so excited each year to see the photos from our ZooFriends capturing the beautiful animals and landscapes of the Oklahoma City Zoo.”
115 participants entered over 380 photographs for this year’s contest. Each category claimed a first place winner and honorable mention winner. Each year photos are judged blindly by a panel of three judges.
The Rhino captured the Best in Show award, which has earned it the 2014 ZooFriends calendar front cover placement.
Winners were announced at a reception at the Rosser Conservation Education Center at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
Best in Show: Annie Bragg (Norman)
Youth Categories winners include the following.
Youth I (through 10 years old): (First Place) Zoe Gfeller (Edmond); (Honorable Mention) Zoe Gfeller (Edmond)
Youth II (11 – 18 years old): (First Place) Hannah Bunch (Hennessey); (Honorable Mention) Annie Bragg (Norman)
Adult Categories winners include the following.
Aquarium/Amphibian/Reptiles: (First Place) Elke Meeus (Edmond); (Honorable Mention) Amanda Roggow (Meeker)
Birds & Landscape: (First Place) Tyler Knowlton (Oklahoma City); (Honorable Mention) Christie Taylor (Tuttle)
Mammals/Carnivores: (First Place) Tyler Knowlton (Oklahoma City); (Honorable Mention) Steven Christy (Edmond)
Mammals/Herbivores: (First Place) Michelle Valantine (Norman); (Honorable Mention) Mary Heidelbach (Choctaw)
The winning photos may be viewed on ZooFriends.com or on the ZooFriends Facebook page (OKCZooFriends).
ZooFriends members receive the colorful calendar featuring the winners of the photo contest as a benefit of membership to the Oklahoma Zoological Society. Calendars also will be available beginning in November for $11 online at www.zoofriends.org or in the Zoofriends office in the front plaza of the Zoo for $10.
ZooFriends annual memberships starting at $50 may be purchased on Zoo grounds, online or by phone. Proceeds benefit the Oklahoma City Zoo and its programs in education, conservation, zoological research, and recreation. Donations made to The Oklahoma Zoological Society are tax-deductible.
About Oklahoma Zoological Society and Oklahoma City Zoo
The Oklahoma Zoological Society (ZooFriends) supports and promotes the Oklahoma City Zoological Park and Botanical Garden and its programs in education, conservation, zoological research, and recreation. The Society is a nonprofit organization and manages the Zoo’s membership program. For more information, call (405) 427-2461 or visit www.zoofriends.org. The Oklahoma City Zoo is a fully accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American Association of Museums (AAM) as both a living museum and a botanical garden. Learn more at www.okczoo.com or call (405) 424-3344.