Akron Zoo hosts photo workshop to kick-off annual Shutterbug Photo Contest

AKRON, Ohio– The Akron Zoo welcomes children and adults to start snapping photos this summer of their favorite animals, landscapes or exhibits for the zoo’s annual Shutterbug Photo Contest running April 1 through September 30, 2012. To help all aspiring photographers, the zoo will be holding its 4th annual Dodd Camera Photography Workshop April 14, 2012 from 10 a.m. – noon. The workshop will be taught by photography professionals from Dodd Camera. Space is limited and people must register for the workshop.

The above photo of two barn owls won in the adult catgory in 2011.(Photo credit to: Garrett Dowd)

The Shutterbug Photo Contest is an opportunity for amateur photographers of all ages to win prizes for their best shots.  The three age categories are: Youth (children 11 and under), Teens (ages 12-17) and Adults (18 and over).

All entries must be taken at the Akron Zoo and printed on 4”x 6” photographic quality paper in black and white or color. The entry fee for one photo is $5; each additional photo submitted by the same contestant is $3. Prizes, from the Zoo and Dodd Camera, will be awarded for the top three winners in each category. 

A panel of judges will evaluate all entries for composition, neatness, imaginative subject matter and overall photographic quality. All entries must be submitted no later than September 30, 2012.  Winning photos will also be displayed on the Akron Zoo’s website at http://www.akronzoo.org. The Shutterbug Photo Contest and workshop are sponsored by Dodd Camera.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Winter hours, through April, are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and admission is $6 per person. The parking fee is $2. Starting May 1, the Akron Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for senior citizens, $7 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $2. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation Zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the Zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

Press release submitted by:
David Barnhardt, Director of Marketing & Guest Services
Akron Zoo Ph – (330) 375-2550

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