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National zoo photo award winners announced

A national photography competition run by The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) has announced its winners for 2017 at a prestigious awards ceremony hosted by The Deep aquarium in Hull.

BIAZA, a conservation, education and scientific wildlife charity representing the zoo and aquarium community in the U.K., opens the photography competition to all its staff members and volunteers every year. Judging of the National Zoo Photo Award is conducted by two BIAZA representatives and two external judges on technical quality and aesthetics.

Dozens of entries were submitted this year with shots showing life in a BIAZA collection, work behind the scenes and wildlife in connection with the zoo or aquarium’s conservation work

This year the competition was judged by TV presenter and cameraman Simon King. A keen photographer himself, Simon said, “Perhaps one of the most enduring and robust features of any zoological collection is the way humans and other animals interact on a personal level.  Many of the images in this year’s BIAZA competition capture the essence of that relationship, and it is this that speaks volumes to the viewing audience through the power of imagery, where words may be left wanting”.

Wildlife in the Wild WINNER: Sian Addison – ZSL – ‘This Beach Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us’ (main photo)

Zoo Life COMMENDED: Mark Eastment – Bristol Zoo Gardens – ‘Asiatic Lion Portrait’

Capturing Hearts & Minds WINNER: Richard Endall – ZSEA Africa Alive – Living Dinosaur – White rhino

Zoo Life WINNER: Phil Mumby – Longleat Safari Park – ‘The Old Man of the Lake’

The find out more about the work of BIAZA go to https://biaza.org.uk

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