Winter Wildlife Festival

presented by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries​

SAVE THE DATE! January 26 - 28, 2018​ | Princess Anne​​ Recreation Center

This is your chance to witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach; whether it’s following fascinating bird activity, exploring the natural areas of our community or the musings of harbor seals near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Learn what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife in their natural settings.  | View the 2017 bird species list  

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2017 Photo Contest Winners

Wildlife: Portrait

Overall Category Winner: Michael Shroyer

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Honorable Mention: Timothy Curtis

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Wildlife: Action

Overall Category Winner: Pam Monahan 

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Honorable Mention: Preston Ozmar

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Festival in Action

Overall Category Winner: Harry Shock

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Honorable Mention: Michael Shroyer 

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Youth

Overall Category Winner: Jonas M. 

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Honorable Mention: Malaya P. 

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People's Choice

Overall Category Winner: Pam Monahan

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Do you have an eye for photography? Enter our photo contest!

Show off your skills by capturing unique moments during the Winter Wildlife Festival and enter to win some great prizes. Contest is open to all registered participants. Submissions due by 5 pm on Thursday, January 26. One photo per category; submissions in multiple categories permitted. View full contest rules

Photo submissions for the photo contest has now ended. ​

​2017 Photo Categories

  1. Wildlife
    • Portrait – must show wildlife during a festival excursion; animal(s) must be still.  Excludes animal ambassadors in exhibit hall, children’s activities and walk-up workshops. Winning photograph receives a pair of ZEISS TERRA ED Pocket Binoculars (8x25)!
    • Action - must show wildlife during a festival excursion; animal(s) in motion, displaying a behavior, etc. Excludes animal ambassadors in exhibit hall, children’s activities and walk-up workshops. Winning photograph receives a pair of ZEISS TERRA ED Pocket Binoculars (8x25)!
  2. Festival in Action – any picture taken during any festival activity of any subject; includes: exhibit hall, walk-up workshops, keynote, excursions, other festival participants, education animals, children’s activities, etc.
    Winning photograph receives a L.L. Bean Backpack and 4-person kayak lesson courtesy of L.L. Bean!
  3. Youth - any subject, any festival location; must be under 16 to qualify. Winning photograph receives a 4-pack of tickets to the Virginia Aquarium and a festival partner prize pack!

People’s Choice – any subject, any festival location. Photographs entered in any of the above categories may also be entered in the People’s Choice category. Winner will be chosen by followers of Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation on Facebook.  Winner of this category receives a 4-pack of tickets to The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium!