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Detroit Zoological Society Hosts Photo Safari July 20-21

Event focuses on wildlife photography; prizes to be awarded

No need to travel to Africa for this safari.  The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is teaming up with Woodward Camera for the second year to offer shutterbugs of all ages the opportunity to exhibit their photography skills and compete to win prizes.  Photo Safari will be held the weekend of July 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Detroit Zoo.  Participation is free with Zoo admission; guests who pay $20 for early admission as well as DZS members can enter at 8 a.m.


“Photography can be both a challenging and rewarding adventure, especially when it comes to nature and wildlife,” said Ron Kagan, DZS executive director and CEO.  “With 2,400 magnificent animals of 235 species, the Detroit Zoo is the perfect place to practice, hone and showcase these skills.”

Photos taken during this two-day event will be eligible for prizes; up to five images per person may be submitted to the Woodward Camera team for consideration.  Suggested photo themes include animal welfare/rescued animals/conservation species, human-animal connection, mammals, amphibians/reptiles and birds/butterflies.

“This event provides photographers the chance to embark on the ultimate adventure right in their own backyards,” said Bert Weidner, owner of Woodward Camera.  “The Detroit Zoo is a gem in the Midwest and an ideal location for artists to demonstrate their talent.”

The event will also offer Photo Safari participants the opportunity to test out new photography equipment.  Woodward Camera is providing $300,000 worth of cameras and lenses from Nikon, Panasonic, Tamron, Sigma, Fujifilm and Sony for guests during the event.

Photos taken during the event must be submitted to by July 24 to be eligible for prizes.  Finalists will be voted on by the Detroit Zoo’s Facebook followers the week of August 5, and first-, second- and third-place winners will be announced the week of August 12.

The Detroit Zoological Society – a renowned leader in humane education, wildlife conservation, animal welfare and environmental sustainability – operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.  With an annual regional economic impact of more than $167 million, the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak is one of Michigan’s largest paid family attractions, hosting more than 1.3 million visitors annually.  Its 125 acres of award-winning naturalistic habitats are home to 2,400 animals representing 235 species.  The Belle Isle Nature Center sits on a 5-acre site surrounded by undisturbed forested wetlands on Belle Isle State Park in Detroit.  It provides year-round educational, recreational and environmental conservation opportunities for the community.  For hours, prices, directions and other information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit

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