ZSL Animal Photography Prize

ZAPP 2016 Judges Choice Winner

The ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2016

The ZSL Animal Photography Prize calls for Wildlife photographers around the world to put forward and showcase their best pictures.    

Revelling in the beauty of wildlife from around the world, from the smallest insects to largest mammals, the ZSL Animal Photography Prize celebrates the outstanding diversity of the Animal Kingdom.

From Friday, 16 September until February 2017, visitors to ZSL London Zoo will be able to marvel over the stunning shots entered into the international conservation charity’s annual photography competition, now in its fifth year, displayed in a striking, free exhibition.

Featuring the winning images from the 2016 competition, the exhibition’s top wildlife photographs were chosen by a panel of judges including ZSL Honorary Conservation Fellow and television presenter Kate Humble, renowned ornithologist Bill Oddie and best-selling author, explorer and photographer Levison Wood.

The ZSL Animal Photography Prize competition winners were announced at an awards ceremony at ZSL London Zoo on Thursday, 15 September, with a range of winner and highly commended awards given in each of the six inspirational categories for both adult and junior entrants.


The Winners

A unique image of a fan-throated lizard that took three years to capture was revealed as the overall winner of the ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2016.

The stunning image, captured by photographer Pratik Pradhan, was chosen as winner in the “Weird and Wonderful” category and went on to beat fierce competition to take home the coveted Judges’ Choice award in the Zoological Society of London (ZSL)’s fifth annual wildlife photography competition. 

Meanwhile, a stunning shot capturing the beauty of Arctic terns in flight won the Junior Judges’ Choice.

The mesmerising image, captured by young photographer Alicia Hayden, was chosen as winner of the “Catch Me if You Can” category before being named as the Junior Judges’ Choice award in the ZSL's fifth annual wildlife photography competition. 


Category Winner Runner Up Highly Commended Junior Winner Junior Runner Up Junior Highly Commended
At Home In Their Habitat Simon Pender Andy Skillen Anna-Mart Kruger and Oliver Smart Nicholas Hess Gideon Knight  
Catch Me If You Can Alexander Holden Giovanni Frescura Vladislav Kamenski and Alastair Marsh Alicia Hayden (Judges Choice Junior Overall Winner) Omri Feldberg  
Deep And Meaningful Bence Mate Leka Huie Jeremy Cusack and Daniel Copeland Gideon Knight    
Size Matters Alastair Marsh Annie Katz Mike Reyfman and Sandeep Rajagopal Maddy Venn    
Urban City Life Oscar Dewhurst Andrew White Özkan Özmen and Bence Mate Carlos Pérez Naval    
Weird and Wonderful Pratik Pradhan (Judges Choice Overall Winner) Mike Reyfman Vaclav Krepelik, Daniel Lamborn and Phil Dockerill Carlos Pérez Naval Nicholas Hess Alicia Hayden

Images above:

  • Ready-set-GO - Pratik Pradhan, Weird and Wonderful Winner and Judges' Choice
  • In-flight fight - Alicia Haydon, Catch Me If You Can Junior Winner and Judges' Choice Junior Winner
  • Kingpin - Mike Reyfman, Weird and Wonderful Runner Up
  • Baby baboon - Oskan-Ozmen, Urban City Life Highly Commended
  • Emerging - Gideon Knight, Deep and Meaningful Junior Winner
  • Catching the Sun - Jeremy Cusack, Deep and Meaningful Highly Commended
  • Strategies for Drinking - Carlos Perez Naval, Urban City Life Junior Winner

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Kate Humble

ZSL Animal Photography Prize judge Kate Humble. Photo: Clare Richardson

Kate Humble is a writer and television presenter. She has worked on shows including Wild Things, The Wonder of Dogs, Lambing Live and the long running popular wildlife series Springwatch and Autumnwatch.

She lives in Wales with her husband Ludo, where they run Humble by Nature delivering courses in food, rural skills and animal husbandry. 

She has travelled extensively and has written for publications including The Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, Travel Africa and Wanderlust and had a regular column in the Saturday Telegraph about her farm.

In 2011 she co-authored ‘Watching Waterbirds’ with Martin McGill to raise funds for The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, of which she is vice-president. She is the second woman ever to be appointed President of the RSPB. 

Kate has been a ZSL supporter for a number of years; supporting campaigns, visiting field conservation projects and being a judge for our ZSL Animal Photography Competition since its launch in 2012. 

Photo: Clare Richardson

Bill Oddie OBE

 ZSL Animal Photography Prize judge Bill Oddie. Photo: Visit Britain

Bill is a well-known writer, ornithologist, conservationist and wildlife television presenter.

He has hosted many successful nature programmes for the BBC since his first broadcasted show ‘The Great Bird Race’ in 1983, including - How to Watch Wildlife, Birding with Bill Oddie, Britain Goes Wild with Bill Oddie and Bill Oddie Goes Wild, and was one of the original presenters of Springwatch and Autumnwatch.

He has also written a number of books about birds and birdwatching, and articles for a range of publications, and is a regular contributor to wildlife magazines.

Bill has been a ZSL supporter for a number of years; attending events and supporting campaigns, as well as being a regular fixture on the ZSL Animal Photography Prize judging panel, this being his fourth year. 

Photo: Visit Britain

Jess French

ZSL Animal Photography Prize Judge Jess French

New to the judging panel for 2016, Zoologist and presenter Jess French is passionate about giving children from all backgrounds the opportunity to learn about amazing minibeasts. She is well-known for her Cbeebies series Minibeast Adventure with Jess. She has also appeared on BBC’s Springwatch, Live and Deadly and Sir David Attenborough’s Micromonsters 3D.

Jess has a first class degree in Zoology and is currently completing a degree in veterinary medicine. Whilst studying, Jess founded a student led workshop program where children could learn about local and global environmental issues. The program now runs in schools, universities and zoos all over the UK.

In March 2016, Jess published the first two books in her new non-fiction series Tickly Minibeast Adventures with Jess French and Fluttering Minibeast Adventures with Jess French (Egmont)

Dave Stevenson

ZSL Animal Photography Prize Judge Dave Stevenson

Not only has Dave been a constant supporter of the ZSL Animal Photography Prize since it launched in 2012, being including in the judging panel since it began, but he is also a regular at both of our ZSL zoo’s. Partnering up with both ZSL Whipsnade and ZSL London Zoo for a fifth year to run photography workshops, helping photographers of all abilities begin, refine and improve their photography

Dave is a nature and travel photographer whose work has appeared in magazines and newspapers worldwide. He's shot everything from endangered mountain gorillas to Japanese macaques and Bornean orangutan so, but has a soft spot for London's deer-packed royal parks. 

Levison Wood

ZSL Animal Photography Prize judge Levison Wood. Photo: Tom McShane

Levison Wood is a best-selling author, explorer and photographer.

He has covered stories and events around the world for over ten years and his work has featured in some of the most respected international publications including Channel 4, the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, the Times and the Sunday Telegraph.

His photography has taken him from the streets of Baghdad in 2003 to the mountains, deserts and jungles of Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Sudan, most of Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Indian subcontinent.

His work in Journalism has led him to enter the world of documentary making and he has collaborated on productions with National Geographic, Animal Planet, Channel 4 and the BBC.

His recent photographic exhibition ‘Visions of Africa’ was held in the Royal Opera Arcade on Pall Mall in London, and he showcased his first solo photographic show at the Leica Gallery, Mayfair, in January 2016, to great critical acclaim. 

Photo: Tom McShane


ZSL Animal Photography Workshops

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If you want to learn to take better photographs, prepare for the trip of a lifetime or simply want to understand your camera better, how about taking part in one of our photography workshops? A must for all amateur wildlife photographers.

Run by professional photographer, Dave Stevenson, these day long workshops combine a tutorial session and two incredible locations to practice in. 

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ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2016: Photo Gallery

Overall ZAPP winner 2016 - fan-throated lizard

Picture: ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2016 - Judges Choice Adult Winner and Weird and Wonderful category Winner - Ready-set-GO by Pratik Pradhan

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ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2015: Photo Gallery

Timeless by Andy Skillen

ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2015 - Judges Choice Adult Winner and Size Matters category Winner - Timeless by Andy Skillen

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