A Photography Event for all Skill Levels

May 13, 2017
7 a.m .– 9 a.m. 
Adults ONLY (18+)


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Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with the Calgary Zoo, and take the opportunity to photograph the incredible splendour of the Canadian Wilds in the early hours of the morning. 

FOCUSED 150 is based on the well-known fact that the Calgary Zoo has some of the city’s most spectacular morning light. So often, photographers are not given a chance to experience this wondrous time at the zoo.

Moreover, it is often difficult to snap the perfect shot of your favourite animal because the zoo is so full of energetic people. It’s for these two reasons that the Calgary zoo has decided to host an early morning photography event as part of our Canada 150 celebrations. 

FOCUSED 150 provides photographers with an opportunity to photograph the zoo grounds, gardens and animals during the magnificent morning light and without interruptions or crowds.  

When photographers arrive they will have access to all of the zoo’s grounds. Guests will be provided with a schedule of all animal enclosure and building opening times and are then welcome to roam around the zoo at their leisure. 

Event Information

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017 
Times: Gates and registration open at 6:30 a.m. 
Event Times: 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. 
Parking: North Gate entrance only  

Tickets cost $40 per person and includes:

  • Early morning access to the zoo. 
  • Full day zoo admission.

FOCUSED 150 event parking is $7. Guests must pay for parking at CPA kiosks prior to leaving the zoo. 

Engage and Inspire Members tickets = $30

  • Members can only purchase tickets by calling 403.232.9300. 
  • Members will be asked to show their ID and membership cards upon arrival at the event.  
  • Engage and Inspire Members park for free as part of their membership benefits.

Ticket Sales Information

  • Tickets go on sale Friday, April 7 until Friday, May 12, 2017.
  • Limited tickets available!

Purchase tickets online by clicking here, or by call 403.232.9300.

Helpful Information

  • There are a limited amount of tickets available, so purchase them ASAP.  
  • There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets.  
  • See the FAQ page for information on rain checks. 
  • Tickets can be purchased online or at 403.232.9300.  
  • This is an adults ONLY event - participants must be 18 years or older to attend. 
  • Prior to the event you will be emailed a photo release and commercial use waiver that needs to be signed and brought with you on the day of the event.  
  • In accordance with the zoo's general visitation policy "the commercial use of photographs, video and film you take during your visit is strictly prohibited without full written consent". At the start of the event, each guest will be asked to sign a waiver recognizing that they are not to use photos taken at the event without the zoo's written consent. After the event, all participants are welcome to request the use of their photos for commercial purposes. Guests are free to use photographs, video and film for personal purposes (such as on your personal Facebook page or blog). 
  • The schedule and list of animal exhibit openings will be sent via email the week of the event. We can also provide you with a paper copy upon arrival. However, in order to help our conservation efforts, we encourage all guests to download the files onto your mobile device for the day of the event.  
  • Please keep in mind that when working with a live collection, schedules may fluctuate. However, we will do our best to advise all guests of any changes to the schedule.

Questions? Click here to see our FAQ’s

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