Admission:
$7.00 for Adults (ages 13-59)
$6.00 for Seniors (ages 60+)
$4.50 for children (ages 3-12)
Children under 3 free!

Hours:
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Last admittance at 4 p.m.
Every Thurs. June–August, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Last admittance at 8 p.m.

Contact:
2070 Zoo Lane, Abilene, TX
(325) 676-6085
abilene.zoo@abilenetx.com

Photo Contest

camera with animalsSharp shooters wanted for a zoo photo contest!

In honor of Abilene photographer Doug Hodel

(Underwritten by an anonymous photographer and zoo friend.)

Every day, guests snap visual keepsakes of their time at the Abilene Zoo. Some use fancy equipment.  Some use their phones. Catching a rare moment, when an animal does something interesting, funny, or instinctual, can be a thrill.  Photos of children, grandparents and family time together are always treasures. People love to document their trip by posing their group in front of the zoo sign. Photos at the zoo are a must!

Upload your high resolution digital photos to the contest page at abilenezoo.org. The $5 entry fee allows you to submit photos in all five categories. Entries are limited to one photo per category.

Photos must be shot on the zoo grounds (including the surrounding lake and wildlife) during 2017, and we’re looking for composition that fits these five categories:

animal humor
animal action
animal portrait
plants, landscapes, Texas wildlife
People and animals

Judges will select the top three photos in each category based on these age divisions: 

Students K-8th grade
High School Students 9th -12th grade
General – All ages and skill levels

All photo contest participants will be invited to a party and reception during a Sunset Safari Thursday evening at the zoo in August. Winning entries will be curated for a photography show on zoo grounds that month, and all winning photos are candidates for a future Zoo News cover photo.

Other prizes as follows:

Best in Show
Official Zoo Photographer’s Membership: Free admission all year to the zoo, and your photo and cred featured on the Abilene Zoo’s social media as a VIP Zoo Photographer. $100 credit in the Zoo Store and $100 credit with Abilene’s Photo Image Center. A zoo VIP tour for a group of four.

1st Place
Official Zoo Photographer’s Membership: Free admission all year to the zoo, and your photo and credit featured on the Abilene Zoo’s social media, website and the cover of Zoo News as a VIP Zoo Photographer. A VIP Tour for a group of four. $50 Credit in the Zoo Store

2nd Place
Official Zoo Photographer’s Membership: Free admission all year to the zoo, and your photo and credit featured on the Abilene Zoo’s social media, website and inside Zoo News as a VIP Zoo Photographer. $50 Credit in the Zoo Store

3rd Place
Official Zoo Photographer’s Membership: Free admission all year to the zoo, and your photo and credit featured on the Abilene Zoo’s social media, website and inside Zoo News as a VIP Zoo Photographer.

The deadline for entries will be midnight on July 30, 2017, and the zoo will honor the winners at a Sunset Safari reception in August. Photos will be matted and exhibited on on zoo grounds.

Have questions? Need answers? Email abilene.zoo@abilenetx.com.

Meanwhile, picture yourself and the animals at the Abilene Zoo.



			
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