Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Join us at the Memphis Zoo on Thursday, August 1, 2019 for this special PRE-EXPO event. This will be a fun and exciting way to kick off an incredible weekend of photography at this year’s Photo Expo Memphis at Graceland! Your $75 ticket includes zoo entrance, catered lunch by Corky’s BBQ, presentation by Michael Pachis, guided photography tours by Expo presenters, and free entry into our Memphis Zoo Photo Contest!
11:30AM-12:00PM | Meet at the Main Zoo Entrance
(If you arrive after the group enters, you will need to pay to enter the zoo) we will be entering at 12:00pm sharp!
12:30PM-1:30PM | Presentation by Michael Pachis | Primate Pavilion
Zootography – Compelling Images of Captive Animals
We will review camera settings, lens selection, and accessories to help “get the shot." Look at strategies to minimize unnatural barriers in the Zoo, such as glass, bars, netting, fences, etc. How to read animal behavior to anticipate a moment. Also some post processing tips to bring out the best in your images.
1:45PM-4:00PM | Exploration
Explore the Memphis Zoo with photography instructors sharing their tips and techniques along the way. A few of the photographers that will be leading groups are Michael Pachis, Don Hamilton, Alex Kent, and Gary and Carol Cox.
Memphis Zoo Photo Contest
Photographing animals at the zoo sounds easy, but the trick is making them look like they’re not at the zoo! Images must be taken during the Expo Zoo Excursion.
OVER $600 IN PRIZES! It’s all about the animals.
First Place - $250 Second Place - $175 Third Place - $100
(2) Honorable Mentions - $50 each
Submit Images Here
About the Memphis Zoo
It all began in 1906 with a black bear named Natch - a retired baseball mascot. Today, the Memphis Zoo spans 70 acres and is home to more than 4,500 animals, representing over 500 different species. In 2008, the Memphis Zoo was ranked America’s No.1 zoo by TripAdvisor.com. In 2009, the Memphis Zoo was rated the "top zoo in the country" in a national survey by Morey Associates. The Memphis Zoo has completed more than $90 million in renovations and expansion, since the early 1990s. The Zoo's animal inhabitants reside in one-of-a-kind exhibits like Once Upon A Farm, Commercial Appeal Cat Country, Primate Canyon, Animals of the Night, Northwest Passage and CHINA. In April 2003, the Memphis Zoo became one of only four zoos in the United States to exhibit giant pandas. Giant pandas "Ya Ya" and "Le Le" live in the Zoo’s exhibit, CHINA – a brand new, three-acre facility that features animals that are indigenous to China, complete with authentic Chinese gardens and architecture. The Memphis Zoo is home to the world’s longest living hippopotamus, “Adonis," who died in 1965 at the age of 54. The male hippo sired approximately 25 offspring in his lifetime, giving the Zoo the title of “hippo capital of the world.”