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BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo Announces Winners of Photo Contest

April 08, 2014

Grand Prize Winner, "The Peacock," by Heather Moats

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo proudly announces the winners of our 2014 Photo Contest, sponsored by The Advocate.

A total of 269 photos were submitted, with nearly 500 votes cast for "Fan Favorite." The Zoo would like to extend a special thanks to our presenting sponsor, The Advocate, and our judges: Gary Meek, owner of Quiet Light Photography; and Marie Constantin, owner of Marie Constantin Photography.

Photo submissions qualified for one of six categories including: Children, ages 12 and younger; Junior, ages 13 to 18; Novice Adult, for beginners and nonprofessionals; Advanced Adult, for those with considerable experience to professional; Fun Photo, photos of family and friends at the Zoo; and Kenya, for those who traveled with Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo to Kenya in fall of 2013. Voting for "Fan Favorite" opened to the public on The Advocate's website on March 24, 2014 and closed March 26, 2014.

The grand prize winning photograph will be published in the Zoo's Wild Times newsletter, a benefit of Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo membership, which is distributed quarterly to more than 4,500 households, businesses and governmental offices.

1st Place, "Leisurely Swim," MacKenzie Scelfo (age 6)
2nd Place, "Good Morning Sleepyhead," Grace Kato (age 11)
3rd Place, "Perching Peacock," Kate Decouet (age 7)

1st Place, "Pelican," Rebecca Lawler
2nd Place, "Beautiful Rattlesnake," Amber Cook
3rd Place, "Lucky Ducks," Anna McLain

Novice Adult:
1st Place, "Pretty in Pink," Sarah Edwards
2nd Place, "I Feel Pretty," Sarah Edwards
3rd Place, "New Kid on the Block," Tania Mancik

Advanced Adult:
1st Place, "Strike a Pose," Terri Lambert
2nd Place, "Great Egret," Ginger Kraemer
3rd Place, "Laughing Thrush," Terri Lambert

Fun Photo:
1st Place, "Who's in the Cage?" Catherine Lorio
2nd Place, "Earth Fountain," Rhiannon Sacco
3rd Place, "Enjoying Boo at the Zoo," Jessica Shearer

1st Place, "Mara Rainbow," Joseph G. Simmons
2nd Place, "Mara Sunrise," Joseph G. Simmons
3rd Place, "Giraffes in Kenya," Jon Segar

Fan Favorite:
"Mom and Babe," Lanie Skaggs

Grand Prize:
"The Peacock," Heather Moats

About BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals, including tigers, giraffes, rhinos and alligators. The world-class Realm of the Tiger, Flamingo Cove, Giants of the Islands, Safari Playground, L'aquarium de Louisiane, Parrot Paradise and KidsZoo exhibits offer fun and education for all ages. The Baton Rouge Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a distinction reserved for only the top 10% of zoos in the nation.

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