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BIAZA photo competition winners announced

‘Hold Your Gaze’ Donovan Lewis, Blue Planet Aquarium – Winner ‘Work behind the scenes’

Pensive monkeys, endangered frogs, and a close encounter with a shark are among the winning images selected by judges for this year’s  British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) photography competition. 

Return of the Mac(aque) Christopher Townsend, Newquay Zoo – Runner Up  ‘Life in a BIAZA Collection’

Open to zoo or aquarium staff and volunteers only, the winning photographs show the important work of conservation organisations nationwide while offering and a rare glimpse of life behind the scenes.

‘The Boy in the Red Coat’ Robert Everett, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – Winner ‘Life in a BIAZA Collection’

Despite this being an immensely challenging time for zoos and aquariums following months of closure and financial hardship, this year’s competition, which was judged by TV naturalist Nick Baker among others, received hundreds of entries.

‘Markhor overlooking his enclosure’ Alyson Houston, RSZZ HIghland Wildlife Park – Highly Commended ‘Life in a BIAZA Collection’

Competition judge and BIAZA spokesperson Andrew Hall said: “Huge congratulations to all of our winners! Every day our zoos and aquariums are sharing the extraordinary beauty and fragility of the natural world and this is evident in the incredible winning photos. Now more than ever our society needs zoos and aquariums.”

Thao Whipping Frogs – Eleanor Stobbart, Paignton Zoo – Winner ‘Hearts and Minds’

‘Owl have to be weighing you now’ Niall Owen, Welsh Mountain Zoo – Runner Up ‘Work behind the scenes’

BIAZA is a conservation, education and scientific wildlife charity representing the zoo and aquarium community in the UK. The find out more about the work of BIAZA go to

‘Wearing her heart on her nose’ Jo Thrower, Noah’s Ark Zoo Park – Winner ‘In the moment – People’s Choice’

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