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Join us for the Zoo's new annual photo contest! Simply visit the Zoo and take a photo, or choose a favorite photo taken at the Zoo* in the past year. Upload your photo to The Advocate's website and get your family and friends to vote for your photo online!






Only photos taken at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo within the past year (March 1, 2013 - March 23, 2014) are eligible.* A photo can only be entered in a single category. All zoo and aquarium subject matter is eligible, but judges will give preference to photos of animals currently on exhibit. A judging panel will select all winners EXCEPT for fan favorite.  


  • Children, ages 12 and younger  (NOTE: Parent or guardian must register and submit photo for this category)
  • Junior, ages 13 up to 18
  • Novice ADULT, beginners and nonprofessionals
  • Advanced ADULT, considerable experience to professional
  • Fun Foto, pictures of you, your family and/or friends having fun at the Zoo. The photo must be identifiable as being taken at Baton Rouge Zoo.
  • Kenya, NEW CATEGORY! For those who have traveled with Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo to Kenya in the past year, share your favorite Kenya photo!


A first, second and third place winner will be selected within each of the categories. The judges will also select a grand prize winner from all entries. The zoo will also award a Fan Favorite prize. The Fan Favorite will be determined through online voting at One vote per person per day - voting ends Wednesday, March 26. Winning entries will be exhibited during Zippity Zoo Fest, April 5 and 6, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in every category at Zippity Zoo Fest.

Grand Prize Winner
- Honorary Keeper (Patron) Level Membership to Friends of
  the Baton Rouge Zoo
- Behind the scenes tour for winner and 3 guests
- Winning Photo featured on the cover of Wild Times, the
  Zoo's newsletter
- A C.C. Lockwood print of the Zoo's Malayan tigers
- A collectible Baton Rouge Zoo ornament (featuring an alligator)

First Place Winners
- Household membership to Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo
- A C.C. Lockwood print of the Zoo's Malayan tigers
- A collectible Baton Rouge Zoo ornament (featuring an alligator)

Second and Third Place Winners
- A C.C. Lockwood print of the Zoo's Malayan tigers
- A collectible Zoo Ornament (featuring an alligator)

Fan Favorite Winner
- A C.C. Lockwood print of the Zoo's Malayan tigers
- A collectable Zoo Ornament (featuring an alligator)


All photos must be uploaded by March 24. Voting for Fan Favorite will end March 26.


  • The entrant must take all photographs.
  • An entry may include color or black and white photo.
  • Judges will disqualify photos with obvious or excessive digital manipulation.
  • Please retain a high resolution digital image. Within a week of uploading your photo, you will be contacted by email by a representative from THE ADVOCATE. You will need to submit your high quality image by email at that time.
  • Zoo employees and board members, BREC employees and sponsor employees are ineligible.


  • FOR Children and Junior Categories:  When submitting a photo, please put only the first name and age in the description area. You will submit the photographer's full name when you are contacted by email by a representative of THE ADVOCATE.
  • FOR Novice, Advance Adult, Fun Foto and Kenya Categories:  When submitting a photo, the Description area must have the photographer's full name along with any description of the photo content.   


Judges will evaluate entries primarily based on general interest, photographic proficiency and reproductive quality. A panel of jurors, chosen from the professional community, will judge the entries. All decisions made by the panel are final.


Entries will be acknowledged by email so it is very important to have a valid email address when registering and to check that email periodically.  Photographs remain the copyrighted property of the photographer; however, BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo and Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo and THE ADVOCATE reserve the non-exclusive right to use the imaged submitted to the contest for publicity, advertising, promotional, educational, and other purposes without obtaining further permission and/or compensation. The Baton Rouge Zoo and Friends of the Zoo and THE ADVOCATE will attempt to give credit to the photographer. Uploading your photo constitutes acceptance of these terms. 

*Photos submitted in the Kenya category must be from Kenya during a trip with Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo.

Fun Fact
If a human baby weighed 7 pounds at birth and grew at the same rate as an American alligator it would be 36 feet tall and weigh 150,000 pounds when fully grown.
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