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WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN ANNUAL CAPTURE THE WILD ZOO PHOTO CONTEST - 2012

Posted by Tara Henson on 08/18/2012

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 29 years Zoo visitors of all ages have submitted their photographs to the contest. Their subjects range from the 1,900 animals living at the Zoo to the thousands of native and exotic plant species growing here.

More than 120 participants entered over 450 photographs for this year’s contest. A first place and honorable mention winner were named in each of the six categories. Judges for this year’s contest included a graphic designer, a photographer and a curator from the OKC Zoo.

“This contest is great because it allows us to see our Zoo from the many different perspectives of the photographers. The photos we received this year were some of the best we have seen” said Dana McCrory, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Zoological Society.

The winning photographs will be featured in the 2013 ZooFriends calendar. The Orangutan captured Best in Show and will be featured on the cover of the 2013 calendar.

Winners were announced at a reception at the Rosser Conservation Education Center at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

Best in Show: Imran Azhar (Oklahoma City)

Youth Categories winners include the following.

Youth I (through 10 years old): (First Place and Honorable Mention) Hannah Lang (Edmond)

Youth II (11 – 18 years old): (First Place) Katie Trosper (Oklahoma City);  (Honorable Mention) Josh Kouri (Oklahoma City)

Adult Categories winners include the following.

Aquarium/Amphibian/Reptiles: (First Place) Allison Wheeler (Norman); (Honorable Mention) Catherine Divis (Yukon)

Birds and Landscape: (First Place) Gillian Lang (Edmond); (Honorable Mention) Melinda Hellwege (Oklahoma City)

Mammals/Carnivores: (First Place) Imran Azhar (Oklahoma City); (Honorable Mention) Cindy Volpe (Edmond)

Mammals/Herbivores: (First Place) Tyler Knowlton (Oklahoma City); (Honorable Mention) Lisa Byers (Norman)

The winning photos may be viewed on ZooFriends.org 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.

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