Capture the Wild Photography Contest Winners Announced

Photography Contest at Good Zoo

The winning photos from the Good Zoo’s “Capture the Wild” Photography Contest will be on display August 10 through September 10 in the zoo’s lobby. 129 total entries were received and the zoo is already planning for next year’s contest.

Good Zoo staff announced today the winners of their first “Capture the Wild” photography contest. Nine winners and 12 honorable mentions were chosen from 129 entries in child, youth and adult categories. Local residents and Oglebay guests from as far away as Illinois entered the contest.


“Nature photography is a wonderful way for kids and adults to appreciate nature in all of it strange and beautiful forms. The fact that we had so many entries the first year, and that 68 entries were from children and teens absolutely thrills me,” said Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo.


Contest judges were Caren Knoyer, Oglebay’s Director of Marketing, local nature photographer Bill Beatty from Wild and Natural, and Gary Zearott of Zee Photography.


“It was encouraging to see the participation of youths of different ages, most are in the early stages of understanding the complexity of photography,” Zearott said.


Beatty added, “The quality of the photography was impressive.  I was pleasantly surprised by the photography abilities of the younger, under 18, categories especially the under 12, child category.  It made judging more of a challenge.”


Adult winners in first and second place was Bill Brezinski, and third place, Tom Johnston; Youth winners were Veronica  Chapman Casey, Emily Street and Michaela Fisk, and child winners were Danika Vrtar, Gabriel Larance, and Lillian Kuzma. Nine entrants won honorable mentions: Daniel O’Leary, Becky Kuzma, Carmen Heil, Jarrett Galloway, Brandon DeLaratta, Austin Douglass, Bill Brezinski, Veronica Chapman Casey, and Gabriel Larance.


The winning photographs will be on display to the public August 10through the September 10 in the Good Zoo entry building lobby. A reception will be held for all contest entrants on August 11 at 1:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at the reception and all photographs entered in the contest will be on display to entrants and the general public on the day of the reception.


Miller said the Good Zoo will definitely offer a Photography Contest next year.


The Good Zoo is currently open Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission is $8.00 for adults, $5.50 for ages 3-12, and free to members and ages 2 and under. For more information call the Good Zoo office at 304-243-4030 or visit