Thank you for entering your photos in this year's Wild Shots Photo Contest!  

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The Wild Shots Photo Contest is open to photographers of all ages and experience levels. Each entry will be ranked overall in its entrant category based on the following criteria: composition and nature of the subject matter; clarity of the shot; and suitability for use in marketing materials. 

Entrants who are 12 years old and younger.

Entrants who are 13 years old and older. 

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Entrants of any age who submit photos taken with a cellular device, and not with a handheld camera.

Deadlines and Awards

Category winners receive a Family 4 Pack of season passes!

Contest begins Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Photos from July 1, 2014 to the current contest date may be included.

Deadline for photo and release form submission is Monday August 31, 2015.

Winners will be notified via email and announced the week of Monday September 14, 2015. 

- Winner selections are final and binding. 

Prize packages will be awarded the week of September 14, 2015.

- Return of any prize notification or prize as undeliverable will result in the prize being forfeited and an alternate winner selected. 


Wild Shots Photo Contest Rules:
  • Individuals must observe posted Reston Zoo rules while on property taking photographs. 
  • Images must be taken on Zoo property and must be of Reston Zoo animals.
  • Photos of people interacting with/feeding the animals are highly desirable. 
  • By submitting the photo Release Form, entrants grant permission to use photos in Zoo marketing projects.
  • A maximum of 5 photographs are allowed per entrant.
  • Submissions that do not meet contest rules and guidelines may not be considered for judging or prize package awards. 

General Terms 
By submitting photos, entrants agree to: 
  • Release the Reston Zoo and its agents from all liability, injuries, loss and/or damage of any kind arising from their participation in the contest and the acceptance, possession and use/misuse of any prize; 
  • Be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of the judges; and 
  • Give his or her express permission to be contacted by Reston Zoo by email, mail or phone. 

By submitting a photo, entrant consents to the use of his/her name, photograph, likeness and entry photograph for advertising, promotional and educational purposes in all media without additional compensation.

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