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Visitors are invited to get snappy at Wild Place Project in Bristol this May half term, as budding photographers have the chance to join a really wild competition. 

In collaboration with award-winning wildlife photographer Oliver Smart, the Wild Photo Competition opens on May 25 and encourages visitors to engage with the landscape, native species and animals at Wild Place.

Oliver has created a series of online classes that can be viewed on the Wild Place Project website, to hone their skills before capturing the perfect shot.

For those looking to capture something very rare, look out for Wild Place Project’s young wolverine kit, Eunice. 

Eunice, is one of just 12 wolverines in the UK – three of which, Eunice, her mother, Alice and father, Novo, call Wild Place Project home. Her birth was particularly exciting as wolverines became extinct in the wild in Britain more than 8,000 years ago.

The Wild Photo Competition is open to everyone and has four different categories, including Native Wildlife, Landscapes and Plants, Our Amazing Animals, and People and Wildlife. 

The deadline for entries is 11 September 2022.

A shortlist of entries will be put in front of Oliver for judging once the competition closes and winning photographs will be showcased to visitors at Wild Place Project, and turned into retail products, including postcards and tea towels. 

Wild Place Project is a fun, family attraction that provides outdoor adventure, play and learning with an emphasis on protecting threatened habitats on our doorsteps and around the world.

It invites visitors to take a glimpse into eco-systems from around the world, including those found in Madagascar, Cameroon, Ethiopia, as well as British ancient woodlands. It offers the chance to see amazing animals including giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, gelada ‘baboons’, lemurs, meerkats, red-river hogs, elands and more.

Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project are run by Bristol Zoological Society, a conservation and education charity, which relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work at both zoos, but also its vital conservation projects in the UK and across the world.

To book tickets to Wild Place Project please go to

For more information, wildlife photographer Oliver Smart’s tutorials, and entry details for Wild Place Project photography competition go to

To find out more about the exciting future of Bristol Zoological Society, and plans to create a new Bristol Zoo at its Wild Place Project site, visit