2014 Photo Contest Winners

Nearly 275 photos featuring lions, gorillas, butterflies, and many other animals were entered in the Chicago Zoological Society’s 2014 Photo Contest. A panel of professional photographers judged the photos, from which they selected a grand prize winner and first-, second-, and third-place winners in two categories: adult and child (11 and under). The winning photos are on display in Brookfield Zoo’s Discovery Center lobby through the end of the year.

Amber Pogorzelski, Elmwood Park, IL
Pogorzelski's winning photo was of Josephine, one of Brookfield Zoo's sea lions. Josephine was recued as a pup after being born on San Francisco's Pier 39, a popular tourist attraction. She was taken in by a local stranding center in California before the Society offered to handrear her and give her a home at Brookfield Zoo. She can be seen at the zoo's Pinniped Point exhibit.

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                          1st Place, Adult Category                             2nd Place, Adult Category
                  Charapin Pongtornpipat, Chicago, IL                         Jason Hilty, Niles, MI

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               3rd Place, Adult Category                                Honorable Mention, Adult Category
          Robert Hamilton, Castle Rock, CO                         Dominic Williams, Schaumburg, IL

Child Category (ages 11 and under)

1st Place, Child Category
Alaina Ray, Summit, IL

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                 2nd Place, Child Category                              3rd Place, Child Category
               Theodore Riggs, Carol Stream, IL                           Gracie Anderson, La Grange, IL

Honorable Mention, Child Category
Katie Iniguez, Aurora, IL