News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
June 22, 2022
Chicago Zoological Society now Accepting Digital Entries for 2022 Photo Contest
Submission Deadline Is August 12

Brookfield, Ill. — After a seven years hiatus, Brookfield Zoo’s Photo Contest is back, and it’s going digital! So, grab your camera and head to the zoo, where you might just capture a winning shot. The grand prize is a Brookfield Zoo Family Plus Membership; Penguin Encounter for two people; an original painting by Leo, the zoo’s red panda; and a $100 Brookfield Zoo gift certificate.

Photo submissions, which can be color or black-and-white, must feature an animal or animals, although they do not have to be taken at Brookfield Zoo. (Photos with people will not be accepted and will be disqualified). Entries must be a JPG/JPEG at a minimum resolution of 3600 x 2700 pixels and a maximum file size of 24MB at time of submission. One entry per person.

All entries, along with a completed Photo Contest official entry form must be received by August 12, 2022, 5:00 p.m. CT. For the official rules as well as to obtain an entry form, go to

Professional photographers will judge the photos and select their top seven choices in the following categories: mammals, birds, and reptiles/amphibians/invertebrates/fish. In addition, judges will choose their top five picks from all entries to be considered for the grand prize. New this year, the public is being asked to determine the winners by going to the zoo’s website and voting for their favorite grand prize photo and first-, second-, and third-place winners in each of the other three categories. The photo with the most votes in the grand prize category will take the top prize. The photo with the most votes in each of the categories will receive first-place, the photo with the second most votes will receve second-place, and the photo with the third most votes will receive third-place. Public voting will take place from August 24 to September 7, 2022.

Contest winners will be notified by phone, email, and/or mail by September 12, 2022. Prizes will be awarded during a reception for winners on September 24, 2022. Winning photos will be displayed at Brookfield Zoo on a digital monitor, which is located at the Hamill Family Nature Plaza, at least through October 31, 2022. A photo of the grand prize winner and his/her photo will be published in Gateways, the Chicago Zoological Society’s members’ magazine. Winning photos along with winning photographers’ names and their photos will be posted on the Society’s website once all winners have been notified.

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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. The zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and also is accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, and CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


Sondra Katzen
Media Relations Manager
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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