The Virginia Zoo wants to see your best Zoo photography in a contest for the annual calendar. The Zoo Calendar features 12 images from local and regional photographers, and each winning photo will be featured on one month of the calendar. One of the 12 winning photos will also be chosen to feature on the cover.


Multiple entries are permitted, but no more than 4 photos allowed in total. Photos submitted must be your own.


Submissions will be accepted from Thursday, March 14, 2024 until Sunday, June 30, 2024 at 11:59 pm EST. Any submissions outside of this window will not be considered. Please ensure your camera’s clock system is set to the correct date and time, and keep the original metadata attached to your photo submission. We will use it to verify when the photo was taken.


Digital photography that depicts current Virginia Zoo animals and gardens. Please no photos with humans in them. Photos MUST be in landscape orientation, not portrait orientation. The Virginia Zoo reserves the right to crop your photos into a 3×4 aspect ratio to fit the calendar.

All photos submitted must have been taken between August 2023 and June 2024.

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  • Please submit files no larger than 30MB in .jpg or .png format.
  • High resolution files of at least 240 dpi/ppi will be requested should your entry be selected.
  • Photo files MUST be labeled in the following format: ANIMAL_YourFirstNameLastName.jpg. For example: CHEETAH_JaneDoe

The following submissions are INELIGIBLE:

  • Photos containing animals not currently on exhibit at the Virginia Zoo (elephants, seals, gorillas, wild birds, etc.).
  • Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright.
  • Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content.
  • Photos that depict putting any individual or animal in danger
  • Any hardcopy photos mailed to the Virginia Zoo. All submissions must be made digitally via the Zoo’s website.
  • Please no photos with humans in them.

The Virginia Zoo shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion.

Winning artists will be contacted upon selection and published in the 2025 Virginia Zoo calendar. The cover photo winner will be awarded a free Virginia Zoo Membership. All winners will also receive one Virginia Zoo calendar, which will be mailed in November 2024; additional calendars will be available for purchase in the Zoo’s Gift Shop.

Calendar Contest 2025

  • Please provide the name you wish to give credit to should your photo be chosen as a winner!
  • Please provide your address. If your photo is selected as a winner, you will receive a mailed copy of the calendar!
  • Only pictures of our plants and animals please! If your upload does not work, please email photos to: [email protected] | Subject: 2023 Calendar Submissions
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    Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, png, Max. file size: 30 MB, Max. files: 4.