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Celebrate the wonderful world of bugs with Bristol Zoo - 19/06/12

Time is running out for keen photographers and wildlife lovers to enter a competition by Bristol Zoo to celebrate the world of bugs.

The competition aims to showcase the world of invertebrates while encouraging people to get outdoors and enjoy wildlife we might otherwise overlook. It is open to all ages and abilities and the best 10 photos will be displayed in the Zoo’s gallery in Bug World.

The deadline to enter the competition is this Friday, June 22. To enter your photos, simply email your best images to or upload your picture to Twitter and send it to @BristolZooGdns using the hash tag: #photocomp.

The winning entries will be chosen by the Zoo’s judging panel, made up of the Zoo’s assistant curator of invertebrates, Mark Bushell; and in-house Graphic Design Manager, Phil Jearey.

The judges will select one overall winner who will receive a family ticket to the Zoo and a print by professional Insect artist, Tacy Kneale. Two follow-up winners will also receive a family day ticket to the Zoo, and the 10 best photos will go on display in the Zoo’s Bug World.

The competition forms part of Bristol Zoo’s celebration of National Insect Week which runs from next Monday (June 25) until Sunday, July 1, 2012.

The Zoo is hosting a series of events on site to celebrate the great insects of Britain and beyond, and will showcase some of the strangest and most interesting characters in the invertebrate world – including giant stick insects, spiders, honeybees, critically endangered snails, crabs and corals.

On Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1, the biology curator at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery will be taking groups around the Zoo on a native species bug hunt.

Amazingly lifelike insect artwork will also be on display in Bug World illustrated in perfect detail by professional Insect artist, Tacy Kneale. These will be showcased alongside the winning photography entries.

To find out more about National Insect Week at Bristol Zoo, visit the website at or phone 0117 974 7300.


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Notes to the Editor:

Bristol Zoo Gardens

  • Bristol Zoo is open from 9am every day except Christmas Day. 
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on income from visitors and supporters to continue its important work. 
  • Bristol Zoo is involved with more than 100 co-ordinated breeding programmes for threatened wildlife species. 
  • Itemploys over 150 full and part-time staff to care for the animals and run a successful visitor attraction to support its conservation and education work. 
  • Bristol Zoo supports – through finance and skill sharing - 15 projects in the UK and abroad that conserveand protectsome of the world’s most endangered species.
  • In 2011 Bristol Zoo celebrated its 175th birthday. Over that past 175 years, the Zoo has brought six generations of Bristolians closer to wildlife, helped save over 175 species from extinction, established over 30 field conservation and research programmes all over the world, showed 40 millionschool-aged children the wonder of nature and given more than 90 million visitors a wonderful day out.
  • In 2010 Bristol Zoo Gardens set up a Conservation Fund to raise vital funds to help care for threatened animals and plants – both in the Zoo and through the conservation work we do in the UK and around the world.
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums. BIAZA represents more than 90 member collections and promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums.