TOPEKA -- Friends of the Topeka Zoo will host a Photo Exhibition this weekend featuring nearly 150 photographs that were submitted for their 2011 Photo Contest. The exhibition will feature photos of many of the feathered, scaly, an furry animals of the Topeka Zoo as well as the zoos beautiful landscape.
"We have had a tremendous response to our photo contest" states Kate Larison, Executive Director of Friends of the Topeka Zoo. "I am simply amazed at the talent that has been demonstrated in the photos that have been submitted".
Photographers of various age and experience levels were allowed to submit photos in several categories including Animal Action Shot, Animal Portrait, Animal Group Photos, Landscape, Spring Shot at the Zoo, and Black and White photos. Judging occurred last week and the results of the contest are available at www.topekazoo.com. The grand prize winner was Terry Wiechman with her animal portrait of the eye of an elephant. Wolfes Camera was a sponsor for the event.
All photo submissions will be on display July 1, 2, 3, and 4 at the Topeka Zoo. Hours of the exhibition are Friday, July 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00. On Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., a special showcase of some of the winning entries will be on display at CoreFirst Bank and Trust Gallery located at 828 S. Kansas Avenue for the First Friday Art Walk. The photo exhibition will continue on July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at the Topeka Zoo from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The exhibition will be located inside the Discovering Apes building.
Following the photo exhibition, the winning entries will be part of a travelling display this summer. Businesses can schedule the travelling exhibit by calling 368-9180. According to Larison, all photos will be auctioned off at the 2011 Zoobilee or sold at the Leopard Spot Gift Shop. "This was a wonderful opportunity for our entrants to not only showcase their talent, but to also help raise money for the Topeka Zoo". "We thank everyone for their wonderful contributions".
Friends of the Topeka Zoo encourages everyone to visit the Photo Exhibition this weekend. Regular admission rates will apply. As always, Friends of the Topeka Zoo members are FREE.