Sep 042020

Orange resident Lexi Crocco, a talented portrait photographer and owner of Alexandra Joy Photography was among the top winners in the second annual Beardsley Zoo “Photography Goes Wild” photo contest.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is proud to announce the winners from its second non-juried photography exhibition, “Photography Goes Wild.”  This year, digital photos were submitted from the Zoo’s many dedicated amateur and professional photographers, and hundreds of votes were received online for a People’s Choice winner.

Photographers were invited to submit up to three photos of animals from Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, from current or previous years, as well as other nature-based photography due to the difficulties posed by the pandemic. Judges were Jesse Thompson, co-owner of Milford Photo; Roger Salls, owner of Roger Salls Photography; and Jack Bradley, Zoo volunteer and instructor of multiple Zoo classes on animal photography.

Photography Exhibition sponsor Milford Photo provided the first, second, and third prizes in the form of gift certificates to the store. In addition, a People’s Choice Award was selected, based on $1 votes from the audience. There was also a Zoo Director’s Pick, with Gregg Dancho selecting his favorite photo.

Winners are:

First Place: “Peanut” by Eileen Curnin of Bridgeport (Red wolf)

Second Place: “In Memoriam—Meri” by Sue Thompson of Sandy Hook (Red panda)

Third Place: “Laugh Out Loud” by Lexi Crocco of Orange (Amur tiger)

Honorable Mentions:

“Garden Visitor” by Victoria Fitzsimmons of Shelton (Butterfly)

“Enjoying Lettuce” by Elaine Dyer of Seymour (Spider monkey)

“Mischievous Squirrels” by Cheryl Prior of Torrington

Best Outside the Zoo Photo:

“Sisters” by Meaghan Heeks of Trumbull (Lions)

People’s Choice:

“Buzz Buzz Buzz” by Cynthia Alves of Seymour (Bee)

Zoo Director’s Choice:

“Ain’t I Sweet?” by Susan Cohen of Stamford (Boat-billed heron)

“Art is a natural way for people to express their love of animals and appreciation of nature,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “The Photography Goes Wild Exhibit helps to showcase the stunning diversity of species at the zoo, and we hope, encourages people to focus on preserving wild habitats and animal conservation in new ways.”

Milford Photo Co-Owner Jesse Thompson said, “It’s been great partnering with the Zoo by providing area photographers with a fun venue to shoot and display their work. Milford Photo looks forward to more events at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo.” 

(See other winning photos on our Facebook Page)

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