Ash, a 4-year-old red panda, explores her expanded habitat at the Detroit Zoo last year. The red pandas are among 235 species of animals that photographers can capture during the Photo Safari contest at the zoo July 20-21.

Ash, a 4-year-old red panda, explores her expanded habitat at the Detroit Zoo last year. The red pandas are among 235 species of animals that photographers can capture during the Photo Safari contest at the zoo July 20-21.

File photo by Donna Agusti


Detroit Zoo to host photography competition

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published July 9, 2019

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ROYAL OAK — Bright colors, interesting textures, exotic species, authentic human reactions. The Detroit Zoo offers myriad opportunities for anyone wielding a camera to capture the perfect photo.

For the second year, photographers of all ages are invited to compete to win prizes as part of Photo Safari. The two-day event, a partnership between the Detroit Zoological Society and Woodward Camera, will take place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 20-21 at the Detroit Zoo.

Photos taken during the event will be eligible for prizes. Each participant may submit up to five images to the Woodward Camera team for consideration.

Participation is free with zoo admission, and DZS members and guests who pay $20 for early admission may enter at 8 a.m.

“Photography can be both a challenging and rewarding adventure, especially when it comes to nature and wildlife,” Ron Kagan, DZS executive director and CEO, said in a prepared statement. “With 2,400 magnificent animals of 235 species, the Detroit Zoo is the perfect place to practice, hone and showcase these skills.”

Suggested photo themes include animal welfare/rescued animals/conservation species, human-animal connection, mammals, amphibians/reptiles and birds/butterflies, according to a zoo press release.

“This event provides photographers the chance to embark on the ultimate adventure right in their own backyards,” Bert Weidner, owner of Woodward Camera, said in a prepared statement. “The Detroit Zoo is a gem in the Midwest and an ideal location for artists to demonstrate their talent.”

Participants in Photo Safari will be able to test out new photography equipment provided by Woodward Camera, including $300,000 worth of cameras and lenses from Nikon, Panasonic, Tamrom, Sigma, Fijufilm and Sony.

Photos taken during Photo Safari must be submitted to www.woodwardcamera.com by July 24 to qualify for prizes. Finalists will be voted on by the Detroit Zoo’s Facebook followers the week of Aug. 5, and the top three winners will be announced the week of Aug. 12, according to the press release.

The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, west of Woodward Avenue.

For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo.org.

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.

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