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Cotswold Wildlife Park announce photo competition winners

Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire has announced the winners of its 2017 Photography Competition which features stunning images of the park’s wildlife collection.

This year’s theme was ‘Natural Instincts’ and the winning image beat over 1,000 other entries to win top prize. Taken by Wayne Bailey from Wiltshire, who wins first place for the second year in a row, the beautiful photograph of a pair of blue & yellow macaws being affectionate was declared overall winner for 2017.

The competition also attracted a record number of photographs featuring animals mating, due to the nature of the theme, with rhinos, zebras and giant tortoises topping the list. Male white rhino Monty became the most photographed amorous animal in the collection and certainly wasn’t shy in front of the cameras.

Cotswold Wildlife Park is home to some of the rarest wildlife in the world. Two finalists took stunning images of two incredibly rare species, including the Critically Endangered Rodrigues fruit bat, which is found only on the tiny island of Rodrigues, and the Chinese crocodile lizard, now on the brink of extinction.

The next Cotswold Wildlife Park photography competition launches on Friday 25th August, with four categories being:

·         Marvellous Mammals
·         Beautiful Birds
·         Amazing Amphibians (& Reptiles)
·         Gorgeous Gardens

The winners in each category will get to adopt an animal and have their photo turned into a canvas to be displayed in the park’s restaurant. The overall winners of both the adult and children’s competitions will win a season ticket to the park.

For more information and to visit Cotswold Wildlife Park go to www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk

Rodriquez fruit bat – Brenda Oakes (3rd place)

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