Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

Snow leopards are very reclusive and are found in the high, rugged mountains of Central Asia. Illegally hunted for the fur trade, snow leopards are very rare. It is estimated that there are only 3,500 to 7,000 remaining in the wild.

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11th Annual Photo Contest:
January 2-31, 2016

Photographers of all abilities, ages 5 and up, are encouraged to enter for a chance to win fantastic prizes.

Contest rules available by clicking here.

Photos MUST be taken during the contest period -- January 2-31, 2016.

Photographers must follow zoo rules, stay on all zoo paths and obey posted signs. Flash photography is prohibited where indicated.

Complimentary admission is offered to participants who show their camera at the ticket booth. (Please note: mobile devices will not be accepted for the contest.) Limit one entrant per household per day.

Entries are due by 4 p.m. on February 1, 2016. Late entries will not be accepted.
Please note: the online entry form is accurately time-stamped.

Thanks for entering!
Check back here Feb. 19 for the winners!


  • Youth (ages 5-12)
  • Teen (ages 13-18)
  • Adult (ages 19+)
  • Most Artistic Photo - images with interesting light quality, composition, angle, or artwork-like feel -- minor digital enhancements permitted 
  • Best Action Shot  - animals at play, in flight, underwater, etc.
  • "Best Day Ever" Photo - show us what makes your visit to the zoo memorable!
  • Best Winter Scene
  • Best Animal Portrait
  • Grand Prize

Prizes include a variety of zoo-themed goodies, admission tickets and items donated by our generous contest sponsors.

All winning photos will be featured in the spring issue of our member publication, MyZoo Magazine. They will also appear on our website and social media and will be displayed at the zoo for one year in the windows above The Curious Cub Gift Shop.

The grand prize winner also receives a private zoo tour, animal painting and their photo on the magazine cover.

Questions? Email

Entries are judged by a panel of representatives from sponsoring organizations.

Winners will be announced February 19, 2016, at 3 p.m. during a reception at the zoo.

The Third Annual Winter at the Zoo Photo Contest Traveling Winners Exhibition will take place at sponsoring organizations in the spring.

Syracuse Stage: April 6-24, 2016
Community Folk Art Center: June 7-21, 2016
Redhouse Arts Center: June 27-August 13, 2016

Special thanks to Industrial Color Labs for
providing photo prints for winner prize packs!

Sponsored by: