Belfast Zoo: Fantastic images from the zoo’s annual photography competition

The competition, now in its 36th year, is sponsored by Jessops and Phil Smyth Photography. It challenges budding and amateur photographers to creatively photograph animals and scenes around the zoo, capturing the wonder of nature while exhibiting high quality skills and a great eye for a ‘zooper’ photo.


2019 welcomed a record 950 entries for the popular competition. Winners will receive a variety of prizes including cash prizes, canvas prints, zoo memberships, zoo goodie bags and photography courses.

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Category A - 1st prize - Ring tailed lemurs by Robert Sergeant
Category A - 1st prize - Ring tailed lemurs by Robert Sergeant
Category A - 2nd prize - Malayan sun bear by Steve Haydon
Category A - 3rd prize - White-bellied pygmy marmoset by Nigel Bell
Category A - highly commended - Panther chameleon by Malcolm Moorehead
Category A - highly commended - Yellow mongoose by Malcolm Moorehead
Category B - 1st prize - Palm cockatoo by Bruce Marshall
Category B - 2nd prize - White-tailed sea eagle by Mo Rainey
Category B - highly commended - Rothschild's giraffe by Lesley Barker
Category B - highly commended - Ostrich by John McMullan
Category C - highly commended - Southern screamer by Malcolm Moorehead
Category D - 1st prize - Francois Langur (Peek-a-boo) by Stephen McComb
Category E - 1st prize - Gentoo penguin by Luke Jordan (age 8)
Category E - 2nd prize - Linne's two-toed sloth by Luke Jordan (age 8)
Category E - 3rd prize - Crowned lemur by Jack Sweeney (age 13)
20. Category E - highly commended - Heron by Connie Hamilton (age 13)
Category F - 1st prize - Cave hill with giraffe by Sean Megahey
Category F - 2nd prize - Mountain walk view by Bruce Marshall