We’re “Rawr”ing to Go!
Mercantil Commercebank's 2012 Zoolens Photography Project is preparing for launch. Middle School students of the public and private schools of Miami-Dade County get your cameras ready to participate in this month-long contest. This is a great opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation of our world’s wildlife through the beautiful art of photography! Capture the moment and let the world see it the way you do.
Lions and Tigers and Photos Oh My!
Explore your wild side and send an artistic photograph of an animal from Zoo Miami. From the king of the jungle to the smallest of insects, each entry should be submitted with a signed parent/legal guardian consent form through a teacher to the Mercantil Commercebank Zoolens Photography Project 2012. Students may also bring their entries to any Mercantil Commercebank banking center. The forms needed may be downloaded from this website.
How do I Enter?
The contest was created and designed to foster a deeper understanding of the rare beauty that wildlife possesses. By spending time observing the animals and capturing them on film, we want the students to appreciate and value what nature has to offer. Zoolens provides a wonderful space where students can 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.
Why Photos of Wildlife?
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 prize winners will each receive $100.
When to start on your adventure.
Eligible middle school students can participate in the Zoolens Photography Project from September 29-November 09. Photo entries must be submitted by Friday, November 09, 2012, on or about 5:30 p.m. EST and all prizes will be awarded at an Awards Ceremony in December. 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:
|Saturday, September 29
||Zoolens Contest Start Date
|Saturday, October 6
||Zoolens Kick-Off Celebration at Zoo Miami (11am to 1pm)
|Friday, November 09
||Photo Entry Deadline on or about 5:30 p.m. EST (Photos may be submitted by teachers to the Mercantil Commercebank Zoolens Photography Project. Or, students may also bring their entries to any Mercantil Commercebank banking center.)
|Wednesday, December 18
||Awards Ceremony at Mercantil Commercebank Headquarters in Coral Gables (students, parents and teachers eligible to attend will receive an invitation to this fun-filled event)