On April 1, 2014, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will be kicking off their annual Photo Safari Contest that is open to all amateur photographers. To enter, pick up an entry form at the Zoo’s Exhibit Hall (located just inside the main entrance) or go online at clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo. Fill out the form and submit three of your best zoo photos by October 31, 2014 (all entries must be printed on photographic paper).
This year’s Photo Safari Contest’s categories include: Bird, Friends and Family, Mammal, Plant/Insect, Reptile/Amphibian/Fish. New this year will be the Carousel category in celebration of the spring debut of the Zoo’s new “Circle of Wildlife Carousel” and “Nature Discovery Bridge”. There is also a Junior Division for all the listed categories for children aged 2 to 11.
Each month from April through October a “Pic of the Month” will be chosen by the Zoo staff and featured on the Zoo’s blog, “The Roar Report” that is located at clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo. Monthly winners will be awarded tickets to the Zoo as well as remain eligible for other Photo Safari prizes.
Come November, the Photo Safari judges will meet to decide the winners of each category including “Best of Show”. Prizes for this year’s contest include Metroparks golf passes, Discount Drug Mart gift cards, Zoo tickets, adopt an animal packages and Zoo memberships courtesy of Cleveland Zoo Society and a behind the scenes Zoo tour. Winning photos will be displayed in the Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building.
Northeast Ohio's most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. From November 1 through March 31, 2013, admission is discounted to $8.25 per person, $5.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and is free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.
For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo or call (216) 661-6500.