ROYAL OAK (WWJ) – The 2011 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition – a collection of images from the world’s largest and most prestigious wildlife photography competition – returns to the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center for the seventh consecutive year. The exhibition runs through June 17 and is free with zoo admission.

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The exhibition features 108 photographs dramatically displayed as illuminated large-format color transparencies. The winning images were chosen from more than 40,000 entries by aspiring amateurs and established professional photographers from all corners of the earth.

A hardback commemorative portfolio book of the winning photographs is available for sale at Zoofari Market.

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Now in its 47th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is co-owned by the Natural History Museum, London and BBC Worldwide.

The 125-acre Detroit Zoo is located at the intersection of 10 Mile Rd. and Woodward, just off I-696, in Royal Oak. Admission is $14 for adults 15 to 61, $12 for senior citizens 62 and older, and $9 for children 2 to 14 (children under 2 are free). For more information, call 248-541-5717 or visit

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To view more winning photos, click here.