Animals Photographed in a Zoo/Captivity as Opposed to Photographing them in the Wild

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I feel that there are distinct differences between Animal Photography of Animals/Birds in Captivity as opposed to those living in the Wild. I live in Namibia and have Photographed Wildlife for over 20 Years in their Natural Environment, ..... something that is incomparably different and arguably much more difficult compared to shooting Animals/Birds that are in Captivity and have no avenue of escape. Not a single Image that I have Posted is taken of something in Captivity. I feel this deserves recognition and Credit in its own way and the Categories should be split up between Captive and Wild Animals. By way of denotation I would like to bring your attention to all the Posted Images of Tigers. Is it fair to say that less that maybe 1 % are Photographed outside Captivity ? There should be Separate Categories for Zoo Animals and Wild Animals
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Jan Friede

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Sherry Andreason

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Hi Jan,

While I agree that the two experiences are different, shooting wildlife in it's habitat vs shooting at zoos, (I have done both in the past) each provides it's own set of challenges for the photographer. For example in the wild you are not having to deal with shooting through bars, fencing, scratched and smudged glass etc. While the animals can not run off into the wilderness they can usually hide quite easily or go inside their enclosures. Wild animals in their habitats are also hard to capture but for different reasons such as distance and movement as you mentioned. While I too prefer to shoot in the animal's habitat, I have to give credit to those photographers who can shoot a beautiful image in a zoo.

Anyway to address your question, since all animals fall under the main category of Animals, if we split off the two categories they would still be in competition with one another for the awards due to the awards being given out for the main category.

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