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In Pictures: Belfast Zoo's photographic competition winners 2018

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Category B 2nd prize- Sumatran tiger by Edward Clarke

Category B 2nd prize- Sumatran tiger by Edward Clarke

CATEGORY A 1st prize - red panda by Joe Beattie

CATEGORY A 1st prize - red panda by Joe Beattie

CATEGORY B 1st prize - Western lowland gorilla by Sarah O'Caithan

CATEGORY B 1st prize - Western lowland gorilla by Sarah O'Caithan

CATEGORY C 1st prize - Rodrigues fruit bat by Linda Thompson

CATEGORY C 1st prize - Rodrigues fruit bat by Linda Thompson

CATEGORY D 1st prize - Western lowland gorilla by Bruce Marshall

CATEGORY D 1st prize - Western lowland gorilla by Bruce Marshall

CATEGORY E 1st prize - Sumatran tiger by Jack Sweeney

CATEGORY E 1st prize - Sumatran tiger by Jack Sweeney

CATEGORY F 1st prize - Sea lion and penguin walk  by Bruce Marshall

CATEGORY F 1st prize - Sea lion and penguin walk by Bruce Marshall

CATEGORY B highly commended - California sea lion by Kerri Shanks

CATEGORY B highly commended - California sea lion by Kerri Shanks

CATEGORY B 3rd prize - Malayan sun bear by Marina Kulakova

CATEGORY B 3rd prize - Malayan sun bear by Marina Kulakova

CATEGORY A highly commended - Sumatran tiger by Joe Beattie

CATEGORY A highly commended - Sumatran tiger by Joe Beattie

CATEGORY A highly commended - crowned lemur by Geraldine Ennis

CATEGORY A highly commended - crowned lemur by Geraldine Ennis

3rd prize - red-backed bearded saki by Pamela Wilson

3rd prize - red-backed bearded saki by Pamela Wilson

CATEGORY F highly commended - Francois langur and Belfast views by Tim Turner

CATEGORY F highly commended - Francois langur and Belfast views by Tim Turner

 CATEGORY F 2nd prize - Floral Hall by Gareth O'Caithan

CATEGORY F 2nd prize - Floral Hall by Gareth O'Caithan

CATEGORY E 3rd prize - Cuban tree boa by Ethan Corrigan age 9

CATEGORY E 3rd prize - Cuban tree boa by Ethan Corrigan age 9

CATEGORY E 2nd prize - Rodrigues fruit bat by Amy Jamison

CATEGORY E 2nd prize - Rodrigues fruit bat by Amy Jamison

2nd prize - Rothschild's giraffe by Vittorio Silvestri

2nd prize - Rothschild's giraffe by Vittorio Silvestri

CATEGORY D highly commended - Rothschild's giraffe and ostrich by Tim Liggat. "You told me you could fly"

CATEGORY D highly commended - Rothschild's giraffe and ostrich by Tim Liggat. "You told me you could fly"

CATEGORY C highly commended - Francois langur by Pamela Wilson

CATEGORY C highly commended - Francois langur by Pamela Wilson

CATEGORY D highly commended - Rothschild's giraffes by Anthony Walker. "Giraffe undefeated hide and seek champion"

CATEGORY D highly commended - Rothschild's giraffes by Anthony Walker. "Giraffe undefeated hide and seek champion"

CATEGORY C highly commended - Barbary lion by Philip Blair

CATEGORY C highly commended - Barbary lion by Philip Blair

CATEGORY C 3rd prize - Rothschild's giraffe by Gareth O'Caithan

CATEGORY C 3rd prize - Rothschild's giraffe by Gareth O'Caithan

CATEGORY C 2nd prize - Western lowland gorilla by Bruce Marshall

CATEGORY C 2nd prize - Western lowland gorilla by Bruce Marshall

CATEGORY B highly commended - Scheepmaker's crowned pigeon by Linda Thompson

CATEGORY B highly commended - Scheepmaker's crowned pigeon by Linda Thompson

Category B 2nd prize- Sumatran tiger by Edward Clarke

The winners of Belfast Zoo’s annual photographic competition have now been announced.

The competition, which has been running for 35 years, challenges budding and amateur photographers to creatively photograph the animals and scenes of the zoo; capturing the wonder of nature while exhibiting photographic excellence, high quality skills and a great eye for a photo.

Zoo manager and competition judge, Alyn Cairns, said: "We had record entries this year, with more than 750 submissions. The entries were outstanding and celebrated the diversity of the species that we care for from the smallest insects to the largest mammals.  I would also like to thank our sponsors (BHB and Jessops) for their continued support.”

Category A - best picture taken by a club photographer

1st prize and overall winner - red panda by Joe Beattie

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CATEGORY A 1st prize - red panda by Joe Beattie

CATEGORY A 1st prize - red panda by Joe Beattie

CATEGORY A 1st prize - red panda by Joe Beattie

Category B - best picture taken by a zoo visitor

1st prize - Western lowland gorilla by Sarah O'Caithan   

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CATEGORY B 1st prize - Western lowland gorilla by Sarah O'Caithan

CATEGORY B 1st prize - Western lowland gorilla by Sarah O'Caithan

CATEGORY B 1st prize - Western lowland gorilla by Sarah O'Caithan

Category C - best black and white picture

1st prize - Rodrigues fruit bat by Linda Thompson    

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CATEGORY C 1st prize - Rodrigues fruit bat by Linda Thompson

CATEGORY C 1st prize - Rodrigues fruit bat by Linda Thompson

CATEGORY C 1st prize - Rodrigues fruit bat by Linda Thompson

Category D - best funny caption

1st prize - Western lowland gorilla by Bruce Marshall 

“Watch, I can do keepie uppies as well”

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CATEGORY D 1st prize - Western lowland gorilla by Bruce Marshall

CATEGORY D 1st prize - Western lowland gorilla by Bruce Marshall

CATEGORY D 1st prize - Western lowland gorilla by Bruce Marshall

 

Category E - best picture taken by someone under 16

1st prize -  Sumatran tiger by Jack Sweeney (12)   

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CATEGORY E 1st prize - Sumatran tiger by Jack Sweeney

CATEGORY E 1st prize - Sumatran tiger by Jack Sweeney

CATEGORY E 1st prize - Sumatran tiger by Jack Sweeney

 

Category F- best picture of a zoo gardens or landscapes

1st prize - sea lion and penguin walk by Bruce Marshall      

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CATEGORY F 1st prize - Sea lion and penguin walk  by Bruce Marshall

CATEGORY F 1st prize - Sea lion and penguin walk by Bruce Marshall

CATEGORY F 1st prize - Sea lion and penguin walk by Bruce Marshall

Click through the gallery for all the winning photographs from Belfast Zoo’s annual photographic competition 2018 or visit www.belfastzoo.co.uk/photocomp

Belfast Telegraph