Photography Contest 2018

With more than 300 animals, Topeka Zoo is a photographer’s paradise! From wild animals to the colorful landscape, choices abound for that perfect picture. Now, you can showcase your talents by submitting your favorite photo in the Friends of the Topeka Zoo Photography Contest! Take Your Best Shot and support your Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center!

Photo Categories

  • Under 18 (ages 5-17)
  • Animal Action
  • Animal Portrait
  • Animal Group
  • Black and White
  • Landscape/Horticulture
  • Professional (30%+ of annual income comes from photography)

How To Enter

Photo must be taken at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center and not be more than one year old by the contest deadline August 1, 2018.

Photo must be 300 dpi and saved as a jpeg or tiff file.

All entries will be submitted electronically to the Friends of the Topeka Zoo office at the Topeka Zoo.  All entries must be received by 5 p.m. on August 1, 2018.

All entries will become the property of Friends of the Topeka Zoo.

Only 2 submissions per category

Submission Options

Option 1: Email entries to Megan Burns at  Due to file size, you may want to upload your photos to a file sharing program (like Google Drive) and send a link where the photos can be downloaded.

Option 2: Drop off a flash drive with your photos in the Leopard Spot Gift Shop at the Zoo on or before August 1, 2018. Flash drive must be in an enveloped labeled “Attn. Megan Burns.” Please include a document on the flash drive with your contact information and photo names and categories.

With your entries, you must include one copy of the photo release form that includes your name, address, phone number, email and signature.  In addition, with your entries, you must include a list of the image names and the photo entry category for each one.

By submitting photos, you understand and agree that Friends of the Topeka Zoo will retain the photos, and that Friends of the Topeka Zoo retains the right to use select contest entries for publication, website, educational or promotional use. In addition, copies of the entries may be sold with 100% of the proceeds benefiting your Topeka Zoo or Topeka Zoo Conservation Efforts.

Other Rules

Please do not digitally enhance or alter your photographs (beyond the basics needed to achieve realistic color balance and sharpness). Cropping, dodging and burning, color saturation and changing to black and white are acceptable. Anything beyond these changes will not be accepted.

If someone under the age of 18 chooses to enter their submission into an adult category, she/he may do so.

Zoo and FOTZ staff entries are not eligible for prizes.

Judging of Photography Contest

Entries will be reviewed on originality, print quality, image impact, and composition. All eligible entries will be published online for judging by the public on August 6th through August 10th.

All contestants can vote and share a link to the voting form during that time.  The entries with the most votes will be the winners.

One grand prize winner will be selected. In addition, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be selected in each of the categories.

Contest winners will be notified electronically on or around August 17, 2018.

Prizes and Recognition

Grand Prize – Valued at over $200

The grand prize winner will receive all recognition benefits above. In addition, they will receive the following:

  • Guided photo safari at your Topeka Zoo!
  • 1 year Friends of the Topeka Zoo Family Membership
  • $25 Gift Certificate to the Leopard Spot Gift Shop
  • $20 Gift Certificate to Grazer’s Café

Entries are due in: