The Zoological Society of London launches animal photography competition

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Scimitar Horned Oryx in Saudi Arabia

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has launched the ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2012, in a bid to find the most amazing animal photography in the world. To launch the competition, the Society has released a selection of images from its private collection to celebrate the role of animals in photography through the years.

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Chapman's zebra

The competition boasts a £10,000 prize fund and is open to amateur and professional photographers of all ages.

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A trio of meerkats

The Society has also promised a stunning exhibition of entries and winners at the ZSL London Zoo in September.

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Grasshopper

There are seven categories including 'Last Chance to See', which encourages photographers to snap endangered species, as well a 'Mobile Magic' category for photos of nature on the go and 'The Human Animal', which asks photographers to question exactly what it is that makes us animals.

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A keeper and snake, circa 1870

Archive photographs in the zoo's collection date as far back as 1860 and show that animals have always been a regular subject for photographers.

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Glasswing butterflies

ZSL Director Rich Storton said: "At ZSL we love, live, sleep and breathe animals - and every day we see people at our zoos being completely amazed by them. Through this competition we are inviting people to get involved and be part of our mission to educate and inspire people about wildlife."

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A common hippo and a zookeeper from 1923

The competition is open to all, with free entry for those aged under 18 and £5 for adults to enter up to seven categories. Individual prizes range from £250 to £2,000. Judges will not only be looking at technical excellence, they'll be looking for photographs that capture the essence of the animal world.

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And a keeper with an elephant from 1914

Full details on how to enter the competition can be found on the ZSL's website - www.zsl.org