The countdown is on for picture entries to take the 12 coveted slots in Fota’s 2020 calendar.
According to the competition rules, the images, which will be chosen by press photographer Darragh Kane, must be taken in Fota Wildlife Park between January 1 to the closing date of August 31.
The top 12 winning entries will also be exhibited in the Cork Airport Terminal during the month of October.
Director of Fota Wildlife Park Sean McKeown said: “We receive so many wonderful images from our visitors by way of feedback from their visit, and we feel this way we have an opportunity to give them some recognition for their efforts.”
Head of Communications at Cork Airport Kevin Cullinane said: “Cork Airport is delighted to partner with our friends at Fota Wildlife Park, which is an integral part of our tourism offering in the Cork region.
“We are delighted that the winning photographs will be part of a high-profile exhibition at Ireland’s fastest-growing airport this autumn which I have no doubt will be hugely impressive.” Darragh Kane, press photographer and head adjudicator of the competition gave this advice: “If the image can capture a look, expression or action and tell a story then you’re in with a chance to be a finalist and of course patience is a virtue when photographing animals or wildlife!
“Fota Wildlife Park offers a huge amount of opportunity for the budding photographer and I am delighted to see there is a youth category open as well to encourage children in the art of taking a great photograph.”
Fota Wildlife Park, part of the Zoological Society of Ireland, is located on 100 acres at Fota Island 10km east of Cork City and has an annual attendance of over 440,000 visitors which makes it one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions.
“As a conservation charity, the vision of the Wildlife Park is to inspire people to understand and protect the biodiversity of the natural world.
“Fota Wildlife Park’s core values of conservation, education, and research have been instrumental in fostering greater public understanding of the threats to the biodiversity of animal and plant habitats; as well as maintaining some of the world’s most endangered species.
For full details on rules, prizes and categories log onto www.fotawildlife.ie/blog.