The 2019 Safari Shots Photo Contest

The 2019 Contest has ended. Stay tuned for the winners to be announced.

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The 2019 Safari Shots Photo Contest is open to photographers of all ages and experience levels. Each entry will be ranked overall in its entrant category based on the following criteria: composition and nature of the subject matter; clarity of the shot, and unique ability to capture the Virginia Safari Park experience. Photos of guests feeding the animaals are ideal.

Safari Drive-Thru

Photos taken in the Safari Drive-Thru by any person 15 years or older.

Village Walk-Thru

Photos taken in the Village Walk-Thru by any person 15 years or older.

Junior Photographer

Photos taken by entrants 2- 14 years of age, in any area of the park.

Peoples Choice

All photos are eligible for the People’s Choice Award.  These photos can be taken and submitted by any age group, any skill level.  Winners will be selected by voters on Virginia Safari Park’s Facebook page.



Official Rules

Safari Shots Photo Contest Rules:


  • Individuals must observe posted Virginia Safari Park rules while on property taking photographs. 
  • Images must be taken on Virginia Safari Park property and must be of appropriate subject matter.
  • By submitting the Photo Release Form, entrants grant permission for Virginia Safari Park to use photos for marketing purposes.
  • A maximum of five (5) photographs are allowed per entrant.
  • Submissions that do not meet contest rules and guidelines may not be considered for judging or prize package awards. 

General Terms 
By submitting photos, entrants agree to:

  • Release the Virginia Safari Park and its agents from all liability, injuries, loss and/or damage of any kind arising from their participation in the contest and the acceptance, possession, and use/misuse of any prize; 
  • Be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of the judges; and 
  • Give his or her express permission to be contacted by Virginia Safari Park by email, mail, or telephone. 


By submitting a photo, entrant consents to the use of his/her name, photograph, likeness, and entry photograph for advertising, promotional, and educational purposes..


Prizes & Awards

Grand Prize winners will be announced here and on social media outlets.  


Each Photo Category (Safari, Village,  Junior & People's Choice) will win the following prizes:


1st Place: Unlimited Safari! Includes 4 Annual Memberships for unlimited visits to Virginia Safari Park for a full year ($185 value)


2nd Place: Grand Day Out: Includes 4 Day Passes, 4 buckets of food, 4 budgie sticks, and 4 giraffe feeding experiences ($135 value)


3rd Place: Choose Your Adventure: Includes $75 gift certificate for your choice ot tickets, animal feed, merchandise...its your choice! ($75 value)


* Winner selections are final and binding, all winners will be contacted directly for delivery method of prize packs.