Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Big Bear Alpine Zoo …. Photo-Opp Contest


​Tutu by Stephen Freeland - 2014

Photo Opportunity is knocking! Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo are seeking photographers to take photos of the Zoo’s beautiful animals for their annual calendar. Some of  the residents are grizzly bears, black bears, mountain lions, foxes, wolves, and beautiful snow leopards, just to name a few. 

The 10th Annual Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo Photography Contest Photo-op Day is scheduled for Saturday July 9th on location of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. A Zoo Keeper will also bring out smaller animals to the presentation area.

Entries will be judged on technical quality, originality, and artistic merit. There are four categories: Professional, Intermediate, Amateur, and Youth (under 18 years of age).

For more event details, contest rules and registration forms, please visit  and click on Photography Contest.

Each submission must follow these guidelines:

·         Photos must be taken at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo

·         All photos MUST have been taken from January 1, 2016 to July 31, 2016.

·         You must mail the Contest Entry Form with the $20 registration fee (entry form available online or at the zoo) with your CD/DVD by August 1, 2016.

·         You can submit up to 10 photos

The winners will have their pictures featured in the upcoming 2017 Big Bear Alpine Zoo Calendar. And as a Thank You for supporting the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, all participants will receive a copy of the calendar.

The Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo was formed in 1989 as a non-profit public benefit corporation whose purpose is to support the Big Bear Alpine Zoo through: (1) Educating the public regarding treatment, protection, and conservation of wildlife; (2) Recruiting and coordinating zoo volunteers; and (3) Fundraising.