Time’s ticking for concrete comp!

Time’s ticking for submissions for our curvy concrete contest!

And remember there’s £2,000 up for grabs for photographers and artists who can capture our iconic Tecton structures.

We’ve launched the two competitions, in conjunction with Heritage Lottery Fund, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of our revolutionary Modernist constructions – the largest single collection in the world.

Zoo Director, Derek Grove, said: “We’re asking people to either photograph or create some kind of artwork showcasing our incredible collection of unique concrete creations.

“We’re giving away £500 to the winners of each category as well as £250 to two runners-up.

“We’ve had some great submissions already, but there’s still plenty of time to enter as the deadline isn’t until March 31, so we look forward to seeing what people can come up with.”

Tecton Apprentice, Nathan Beaman, takes a photo of the Bear Ravine

The eye-catching and structurally daring designs were created by Russian-born Berthold Lubetkin and are now recognised across the globe after being awarded World Monument status in 2009 and ranked alongside famous landmarks including the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu.

Both the photographic and art entries need to focus on one of 12 wavy buildings at DZG which include Entrance, Safari Shop, Bear Ravine, Kiosk One, Polar Bear Triple Complex, Queen Mary Restaurant, Elephant House, Kiosk Two, Sealion Pool, Reptiliary, Tropical Bird House and Discovery Centre.

DZG snapper, Jason Skarratt, will judge the photographic competition while our graphic designer Rachel Lane will select winners in the art contest.

Photos need to be submitted in full colour and artwork can take any form including models, sculptures, embroidery, paintings or drawings. Entrants will need to send in a photograph of their artwork but winners will have to produce their original creations after the judging has taken place.

A maximum of three entries is permitted per person for each competition and staff from DZG or HLF are not eligible to enter.

Entries need to be sent to competition@dudleyzoo.org.uk