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Belfast Zoo annual photographic competition winners announced

The winners of Belfast Zoo’s annual photographic competition have been announced at a special awards ceremony in the elephant and giraffe house.

The competition, which has been running for 33 years, is sponsored by HB and challenges budding and amateur photographers to creatively photograph the animals and scenes of the zoo; capturing the wonder of nature, exhibiting photographic excellent and displaying high quality skills and a great eye for a ‘zooper’ photo!

Zoo curator 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.

"With 370 entries, the photographs certainly highlighted the beauty and diversity of the species that we care for and the winning entries have ranged from snaps of tiny pied tamarins to our beautiful giants, the Asian elephants and Rothschild’s giraffes.”


Category A - best picture taken by a club photographer

1st prize and overall winner – Gareth O’Cathain           (Belfast Photo Imaging Club)

2nd prize – William Allen                                               (Central Photographic Association)

3rd prize – Robert Sergeant                                           (Central Photographic Association)

highly commended – Stephen Haydon                         (Central Photographic Association)

highly commended – Raymond Hughes                       (Merville Newtownabbey Photographic Club)

highly commended - Gareth O’Cathain                       (Belfast Photo Imaging Club)


Category B - best picture taken by a zoo visitor

1st prize – Philip Hutton

2nd prize – Philip Hutton

3rd prize – Gemma Vennard    

highly commended – Susan Wenlock

highly commended – Katie Price

highly commended – Fiona Beattie


Category C - best black and white picture

1st prize – Peter Lennon

2nd prize- Gareth O’Cathain

3rd prize – Joe Beattie

highly commended – Robert Sergeant

highly commended – Joe Beattie

highly commended – Fiona Beattie


Category D - best funny caption

1st prize – Joe Beattie

highly commended – Daniel Marshall

highly commended – Gwyneth Sergeant


Category E - best picture taken by someone under 16

1st prize – Alexander Allen

highly commended – Fiona Beattie

highly commended – Caleb Wenlock

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