Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom (www.hoofarm.com)  World Photo Day 2020 Competition is coming to an end. With the closing date later today, the annual competition giving four lucky budding wildlife photographers the opportunity to win some great prizes including a Jessops Academy Animal Encounters Experience , Meerkat Experience and family pass to visit  Shropshire’s only zoo.

The World Photo Day 2020 Competition includes 4 categories:

  • Best Hoo Farm Animal Photo
  • Best Nature Photo
  • Funniest Animal Photo
  • Best Young Photographer (2-15 years inclusive)

All categories are open to the public nationally with the exception of Best Hoo Farm Animal Photo category which requires entries from people who have visited the farm previously.

The winners will be announced on 19th August World Photography Day. The winning images will be chosen by Jessops’ Ian Savage, Head of Jessops Academy and Pete Walker, Jessops Academy Training Manager.

How to Enter:

FACEBOOK – Head over to Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom on Facebook, post your entry and tag Hoo Farm animal Kingdom stating the category.

Entrants must be over the age of 18  to post, and if under the age of 18 have parental consent.

Anyone below the age of 18 can still enter the competition with their photo submitted by someone over the age of 18.

PRIVATE – Entrants who wish to submit their photos by Direct Message may do so and will need to supply the same details.

All entries must be received by 10pm, 18th August 2020 to qualify

Best Hoo Farm Animal Photo Category Winner:

The winner will spend one day at Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom with exclusive access into the enclosures and limited access areas of the site. Throughout the day there will be opportunity to capture images with wolves, meerkats, lemurs, reptiles and owls.  From dusk-to-dark the winner will retreat to the custom-built photographic badger hide, there will be opportunity to capture shots of  these elusive mammals.

The day will be led by a member of the award-winning academy training team, supported by the expertise of a Hoo Keeper, available to answer questions about the animals.

Best Nature Photo, Funniest Animal Photo, Best young Photographer Category Winners:

Winners will be treated to an hour-long encounter with the meerkats.  Meeting these eccentric and amusing creatures, along with 3 other guests, is a unique opportunity and includes hand feeding one of the meerkat mobs as well as being able to handle one of the hand reared mischievous marsupials.

All winners will also receive:

  • One family pass  to visit  Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom within 12 months.
  •  8×12 Print of their winning shot courtesy of the Shrewsbury Jessops store, which has recently re-opened following the recent lockdown. Prints are available for collection in store or can be posted at charge.

Will Dorrell, managing partner at Head Hoo Keeper at Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom said “we love this time of year as the competition shows us just how much people love animals. Last year we received shots of animals in the wild to pics of pets at home. It really is a difficult picking an overall winner”.

He went on to say ““our partnership with Jessops Academy gives one lucky winner the opportunity to get some expert instruction on how to take great animal photos. Animals are unpredictable and it may be just luck of being in the right place at the right time, but most often it requires incredible patience, waiting for that magical moment and having the skills to capture that in an instant”.

Ian Savage, Head Of Jessops Academy said “we’ve loved working with Hoo Farm on this competition in past years as we get some really amazing photos being sent in. The Jessops Academy was formed to help people develop their interest and love of photography and the on-site Animal Encounters Experience is a great way to gather some tips on getting that amazing picture, capturing a moment.”