Archive: Detroit Zoological Society Hosts Inaugural Photo Safari July 14-15

Event focuses on wildlife photography; prizes to be awarded

June 28, 2018

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

No need to travel to Africa for this safari. The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is teaming up with Woodward Camera 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 14 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Detroit Zoo. Participation in this inaugural event 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 2,000 magnificent animals of 230 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 vendors such as Nikon, Panasonic, Sigma and Sony for guests to check out for a two-hour period.

Photos taken during the event must be submitted to by July 23 to be eligible for prizes. Finalists will be voted on by the Detroit Zoo’s Facebook followers the week of July 30, and first-, second- and third-place winners will be announced the week of August 6.