To help foster wildlife appreciation and education, Miami-Dade middle school students are invited to photograph their favorite Zoo Miami animal for the Zoolens Photography Project. The young photographers will have a chance to win the top prize of $2,000.
The month-long competition encourages middle school students of public and private schools to visit Zoo Miami from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 to creatively photograph their favorite animals.
Midway through the project, on Oct. 12, there will be a free event for students at Zoo Miami, where attendees can learn photography tips from Zoo Miami’s spokesman and Nikon “ambassador” Ron Magill, a noted photographer and wildlife expert.
“It truly is inspiring for me to see students develop connections to the animals and be encouraged by wildlife education,” said Magill in a news release. “The images they submit display both the beauty of wildlife and the extraordinary talent of Miami-Dade’s young photographers.”
The contest, sponsored by Venezuelan-owned Mercantil Commercebank, is now in its fourth year. It was developed in partnership with Zoo Miami and the Zoological Society of Florida.
Students interested in participating are asked to submit an original, artistic photograph of a Zoo Miami animal, before Nov. 1, through their schools or by bringing their entry to any Mercantil Commercebank branch. A panel of judges will choose three grand prize winners and 10 honorable mention winners. The first-place winner will receive a $2,000 savings account, second place will receive a $1,500 savings account, and third place, a $1,000 savings account.
The top three winners will also receive a professional camera and student membership to the North American Nature Photography Association and their respective schools will receive a donation from Mercantil Commercebank. The 10 honorable mentions will receive a $100 Visa Gift Card.
The 2013 ZoolensSM Photography Project judges include Zoological Society of Florida board member Grizzel Gonzalez; Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Patrick Farrell; internationally acclaimed photo-artist María Martínez-Cañas; New World School of the Arts visual arts professor and curator Rosario Martínez-Cañas; and Zoo Miami’s Magill.
TOUR HOME KITCHENS
Remember to buy your tickets early for the fifth annual Coral Gables Community Foundation’s Tour of Kitchens planned for Jan. 25, 2014. This fun foodie fundraiser supports the hometown foundation and Coral Gables Senior High Culinary Arts Program. Last year, the student chef program was supported with $10,000 raised through the event.
Tickets make great gifts but they are selling fast. They are on sale now for $60 per person through Dec. 31. The ticket price will increase on Jan. 1, 2014, to $75 per person. Visit CoralGablesTourofKitchens.com for more details.
Breast cancer survivors are invited to join others at the Your Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Survivors Celebration from 6-9 p.m., Oct. 3 at South Miami Hospital’s Clarke Education Center, U.S. 1 and Southwest 62nd Avenue. The featured speaker is health educator Scott Irwin. Heroines Choir, a singing group of local breast cancer survivors and their supporters, will open the program.