2020 Calendar Photo Contest

this contest is over. winners will be emailed shortly.



The Digital Photo Contest (“Photo Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the United States who are at least eighteen (18) years old. General admission applies to visitors without a current membership.

One entry per person totaling a MAX of four photo submissions will be allowed. A person submitting more than the allowable four photos will be disqualified.


The Photo Contest begins at 10:00 am EST on July 1, 2019 and ends at 5:00 pm EST on August 31, 2019 (the “Entry Period”). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Photo Contest.


  • Exhibited animals at the Virginia Zoo
  • Gardens and plant life at the Virginia Zoo
  • Virginia Zoo staff or Volunteers with animal ambassadors

To ensure eligibility for the contest, please submit files no larger than 4MB in landscape (horizontal) orientation at the time of entry.

Higher resolution files of at least 240 dpi/ppi will be requested should an entry be selected. All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.

  • Photo files MUST be labeled in the following format: ANIMAL_FIRSTnameLASTname.jpg 

Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license. You must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously upon request.

The following submissions are INELIGIBLE:

  • Photographs of children, adults, buildings or infrastructure.
  • Free range native Virginia animals (squirrels, geese, turtles, 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.
  • Images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife, or damage to the environment by the photographer.
  • Images that involve putting any individual or animal in danger.
  • Images taken more than one year prior to the beginning date of the Contest (July 1, 2018).
  • Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.

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

Winning photographers will be contacted in September and published in the 2020 Virginia Zoo calendar. The cover winner will receive a Behind-the-Scenes tour of their choice at the Virginia Zoo. All wiinners will also receive one (1) Virginia Zoo calendar, which will be mailed in December 2019, additional calendars will be available for purchase at the Zoo’s Gift Shop.