Pictured: Belfast Zoo reveals winners of annual photography competition
Belfast Zoo has announced the winners of their annual photography competition.
The competition, which has been running for 34 years, offers budding and amateur photographers the chance to creatively photograph the animals and scenes of the zoo.
This year's competition received over 650 entries - more than any other year.
The winners were selected by a judging panel including two professional photographers.
Zoo manager and competition judge, Alyn Cairns, said: “Despite the fact that the competition has been running for more than 30 years, we are always stunned by the standard of the submissions, as well as the quality and skill demonstrated by entrants.
"The photographs certainly highlighted the beauty and diversity of the species that we care for. This year we even introduced a new category to challenge visitors to get some snaps of our most endangered primates.
"We were astounded by the number of species represented in the competition from the tiny pygmy marmoset to Tina the elephant.
"I would like to praise the efforts of everyone who entered the competition this year, as well as our winners.”
Category A - Best picture taken by a club photographer
1st prize and overall winner - Joe Beattie, Carrickfergus Camera Club
2nd prize – William Allen, Central Photographic Association
3rd prize – Tommy Millar, Ballymoney Camera Club
Highly commended – William Allen, Central Photographic Association
Highly commended – Joe Beattie, Carrickfergus Camera Club
Category B - Best picture taken by a zoo visitor
1st prize – Mervyn Marshall
2nd prize – Mervyn Marshall
3rd prize – Chris Gunning
Highly commended – Lesley Barker
Highly commended – Marina Kulakova
Highly commended – Chris McSherry
Category C - Best black and white picture
1st prize – William Allen
2nd prize - Fiona Beattie
3rd prize – Joe Beattie
Highly commended – Bruce Marshall
Highly commended – William Allen
Highly commended – Chloe Thompson
Category D - Best funny caption
1st prize – Gemma Vennard
Highly commended – Siobhan Carrabin
Highly commended – Fiona Beattie
Category E - Best picture taken by someone under 16
1st prize – Alexander Allen
Highly commended – Joshua Willey
Highly commended – Alexander Allen
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