Here's your chance to practice your paparazzo skills on the stars of the L.A Zoo. Sunday, November 6, 2016, is the L.A. Zoo's 27th Annual L.A. Photo Day, presented by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) and Paul's Photo. It features one-of-a-kind photo opportunities for film and digital photographers of all ages and skill levels .
Among activities for participants are hands-on workshops with instruction for novices on the basics of wildlife and nature photography as well as opportunities for accomplished shutterbugs to explore new horizons while focusing on the art and science of outdoor photography. Sessions include spotlights on wildlife close-up, insects and reptiles. Also included in the admission price are use of loan equipment from major manufacturers, one-on-one time with manufacturers' representatives, catered lunch, guest speakers, t-shirt, early admission to the Zoo, telephoto stations, animal close-ups for photography, and a photo contest with prizes. Experts from Paul's Photos, based in Torrance, and representatives from the top brands in photography provide participants with a full day of photography and education.
L.A. Zoo Photo Day begins at 7:30 am when a Welcome Presentation kicks off the event. Next, beginners receive hands-on help, while others head straight for various photography stations to capture the moment. Telephoto Stations will be available for photographers to attach their cameras at various exhibits throughout the morning. Also in the morning, keepers staffing enrichment stations are on hand to foster photo ops at a variety of locations. Photographers of all abilities can attend inspirational and instructional talks from 11 am to 3:30 pm covering a wide range of topics including Basics of Photoshop and Lightroom, Scenic Beauty Tips For Your Travels, Top Ten Safari Photo Tips and more. Encounters with birds, insects and reptiles allow photographers to get up-close and personal with their subjects. Professionals and guest speakers featured throughout the day include Mark Comon, vice president of Paul’s Photo and founder of the Creative Photo Academy (CPA).
L.A. Zoo Photo Day admission prices are $175 per photographer, with $70 per guest, until October 31, after which the prices are $200.00 per photographer, with $80.00 per guest. GLAZA members, students with valid photo ID and Paul's Photo Club members receive a $10 discount.
The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.75 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo's popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.
* Programing subject to change.
The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles' Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Free parking is available. For additional information about Photo Day, call (323) 644-6001 or visit http://www.lazoo.org/photoday/. For general information about the Zoo, call (323) 644-4200.