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We’re “Rawr”ing to Go!

Lions and Tigers and Photos Oh My!

Mercantil Commercebank’s 2013 Zoolens Photography Project is preparing for launch. Middle School (6th, 7th and 8th grade) students of the public and private schools of Miami-Dade County, grab your cameras and get ready to participate in this month-long contest. It’s a great opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation of our world’s wildlife through the beautiful art of photography. Capture a moment and let the world see it the way you do!


How do I Enter?

Explore your wild side and enter an artistic photograph of an animal from Zoo Miami. From snapshots of the king of the jungle to photo captures of the smallest of insects, each entry should be submitted to the Mercantil Commercebank Zoolens Photography Project 2013 through a teacher and with a signed parent/legal guardian consent form. Students may also bring their entries to any Mercantil Commercebank banking center. The forms needed may be downloaded from this website.


Why Photos of Wildlife?

The contest was created and designed to foster a deeper understanding of the beauty that wildlife possesses. By spending time observing the animals and capturing them in photos, we hope students will learn to appreciate and value what nature has to offer. Zoolens provides a wonderful opportunity for students to express their creativity through photography while strengthening their education. The program is sponsored by Mercantil Commercebank, in partnership with Zoo Miami, the Zoological Society of Florida and the North American Nature Photography Association.


Soar into the winners circle!

A group of expert judges will choose which three finalists had the most howling pictures, as well as 10 honorable mention winners.

  • First prize: $2,000 savings account
  • Second prize: $1,500 savings account
  • Third prize: $1,000 savings account

The first, second and third place winners will also receive a professional camera and a student membership to the North American Nature Photography Association. The 10 honorable mention winners will each receive a $100 Visa Gift Card.

When to start on your adventure.

Eligible middle school students can participate in the Zoolens Photography Project from October 1, 2013 through October 31, 2013. Photo entries must be submitted by Friday, November 1, 2013, at or about 5:30 p.m. EST and all prizes will be awarded at an awards ceremony in December 2013. So don’t go monkeying around! Get your camera ready and start planning your trip to Zoo Miami to take your photos.

Here’s what’s happening when:


Tuesday, October 1 Zoolens Contest Start Date

Saturday, October 12 Zoolens Special Event at Zoo Miami
11am - 1pm

Friday, November 1 Photo Entry Deadline at or about 5:30 p.m. EST. Photos may be submitted through teachers to the Mercantil Commercebank Zoolens Photography Project. Students may also bring their entries to any Mercantil Commercebank banking center.

Thursday, December 12 Awards Ceremony at Mercantil Commercebank’s headquarters in Coral Gables (students, parents and teachers eligible to attend will receive an invitation to this fun-filled event).

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