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Contest Rules


Call to all amateur photographers – animal lovers, outdoor fanatics or simply photo enthusiasts. Here is your chance to showcase your photographic talents and imagination, capturing the Toronto Zoo’s spectacular beauty, its animals and all its landscape artistry. Send us your best photo and your photo could appear in one of the Zoo’s publication and a chance to win fabulous prizes. Contest is open to all active Toronto Zoo members only. No purchase necessary to enter contest.

We are accepting photos according to varying animal classes:

  • Mammals (carnivore/omnivore)
  • Mammals (herbivore)
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Fish/Marine life
  • Birds
  • Insects/invertebrates
  • Botanical
  • Fun photos (animals, people or both)

Contest is open to Toronto Zoo members only. One photo per household member per category. No purchase necessary to enter contest.


All photographs must be taken at the Toronto Zoo between September 3, 2018 – September 2, 2019.  All submission(s) must be received before end of business day, Sunday, September 8, 2019.  Submission(s) can be dropped off to the Toronto Zoo’s Membership Office or mailed to the Toronto Zoo Membership Office, Photo Contest, 361A Old Finch Ave., Toronto, Ontario M1B 5K7.  All submissions MUST be 4” x 6” size (no slides).  Submissions must include: Name, Age, Membership ID#, Telephone number, area in the Toronto Zoo the photo was taken, the approximate date the photo was taken and the category the photo is to be entered.  Submitted photos with incomplete information and/or submission in any format other than specified above will nullify submission entry. 

The Toronto Zoo will select the winners no later than Friday, September 27, 2019.  The Toronto Zoo will notify all winners by phone, and/or email, and will publish winning entries in the Fall/Winter Wild For Life magazine, October 2019 issue.  Two prizes will be awarded per category.  Prizes must be accepted as awarded and cannot be transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash.  Winners must show proof of active membership to claim prize.  The odds of winning depend upon the number of entrants to the contest.  Photos will be judged by select Zoo staff members on the following criteria: content, composition, focus and general impression.  Contestants must own all rights to the photographs submitted and agree that all submissions become the property of the Toronto Zoo.  Sorry, all submitted pictures will not be returned to entrants.  The Zoo assumes no responsibility or liability for lost, late, misdirected or incomplete submissions. 

By entering this Contest, entrants agree to be bound by these Contest Rules. Entrants further agree to be bound by the decisions of the judges, which shall be final and binding in all respects.

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