Lincoln Park Zoo Photography Contest - You Can Be a Winner

Did you know that there is a photography contest that you can enter at the Lincoln Park Zoo?  Read on for details.  We at Chicago Splash Magazine can’t wait to read about the winner.  Will it be you? 


Bana and Patty - Regenstein Center for African Apes

As part of its commitment to preserving urban wildlife, Lincoln Park Zoo has launched “Nature in Focus: Photography at Lincoln Park Zoo,” a photo contest that will culminate in a two-month, on-grounds exhibition of the top winners’ submissions.


Endangered Species Carousel

“Lincoln Park Zoo and the Chicago area as a whole offer a significant amount of serene green space as well as native plant and animal habitats that are sometimes overlooked,” said Director of Events Josh Rupp. “We hope this contest encourages people to spend more time outdoors and enhances their appreciation of nature—from the tiniest insects to the tallest trees.”


Kangaroo and joey - Antelope Zebra Area

From May 2 through 31, photographers 18 years and older are invited to submit photos in accordance with the theme “Chicago-Area Nature in Public Spaces” via (see: Photo Contest! tab), where they will be voted on by the public.


The selection process, beginning June 1, will be conducted by an esteemed committee: Karen Irvine, Curator and Associate Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College; Jeff Mumford, Lincoln Park Zoo Director of Design and exhibition co-curator; Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibit and Residency Programs at Hyde Park Art Center; and Dana Treister, a member of the Lincoln Park Zoo Gardens and Sculpture Committee and Women’s Board and a long-time Chicago advocate for the arts.


Kovler Sea Lion House - Seal underwater

The committee will choose 20 submissions, which will be exhibited at Lincoln Park Zoo from July 1 – September 5.


“When people spend more time outdoors they tend to have a larger appreciation for wildlife,” said Director of the Urban Wildlife Institute Seth Magle. “As the world continues to urbanize, it is critical to encourage such activities in order to mitigate human-wildlife conflict.”


Micronesian kingfisher - Helen Brach Bird House

Utilizing Lincoln Park Zoo’s diverse scientific specialties, the Urban Wildlife Institute studies the interaction between urban development and the natural ecosystem to develop scientific standards for minimizing conflict between these overlapping areas. The Urban Wildlife Institute uses Chicago as a model to better understand the impacts of wildlife relocation, rehabilitation, disease and conflict in urban environments.


Red Wolf - Pritzker Family Children's Zoo


For more information about Lincoln Park Zoo, the only privately-managed free admission zoo in the United States, visit Lincoln Park Zoo website To submit photos, cast your vote and full rules and regulations, visit Park Zoo facebook


Western lowland gorillas - Nayembi on Rollie - Regenstein Center for African Apes



Lincoln Park Zoo, a historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience. A leader in conservation science both globally and locally, the zoo exemplifies the highest quality animal care and educational outreach. The not-for-profit zoo, managed by The Lincoln Park Zoological Society, is a member-supported organization and one of the nation’s only free, privately managed zoos. For more information, call 312 -742-2000 or visit


Photos: Courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo

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