25. August 2019 - 12:00 till 15:00
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Photo Walks at Helsinki Zoo - Helsinki Photo Festival 2019 | Mustikkamaanpolku 12 | Sunday, 25. August 2019

Helsinki Photo Festival presents: PHOTO WALKS AT HELSINKI ZOO



Discover the beauty of the animals through your lens in a photo walk at the Helsinki Zoo!
A Photo Walk is a great opportunity to connect with the animals at the zoo and to enhance your photography skills at the same time. The Photo Walk is conducted at a relaxed pace, giving an opportunity to enjoy the observation of the animals and to learn photographic technical and compositional skills. The photo walk will cover aspects encountered in a zoo environment, like photographing through glass and grids, as these will become a part of your images depending on your equipment. A review of a collection of the participants’ photographs at the end of the photo walk is included in the session.
Your visit makes a difference as you can support a good cause by giving a donation to save the endangered barbary macaque. The €30 fee is collected by Helsinki Photo Festival to support the festival production and pay the instructors. Everything you pay extra (donations) will be donated to Barbary Macaque Awareness and Conservation, an NGO fighting the illegal wildlife trade in Morocco, the monkeys’ natural habitat. You can find more information about it by following the link:
Please, note that the entry to the Zoo will be free of charge for those joining in our Photo Walks, therefore your donations will be highly appreciated.


Route #1:

Instructor: Ricardo Santos
Languages: English
Dates: 12, 18, 25, 30 August 2019


Starting point: Meet up in front of the main entrance to the zoo
First spot: Tropical house
- looking at the Helsinki Photo Festival exhibition stand for inspiration
- photographing monkeys
Second spot: Wild cats
Third spot: Monkey castle (subject to change - up to instructor)
Last spot: Bears
- end of the photo walk
- feedback session

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Route #2:

Instructor: Eija Mäkivuoti
Languages: Finnish, Swedish or English
Dates: 6, 13, 15, 21, 26, 28 August 2019


Starting point: meet up in front of the main entrance to the zoo
First spot: Tropical house
- looking at the Helsinki Photo Festival exhibition stand for inspiration
- photographing monkeys
- peacocks, parrots and owls
Third spot: Open cages
- kangaroos (if not too crowded - alternatively Raccoons)
Fourth spot(s): Ungulate (Camels, deers, bizons, goats, etc. - instructor decides at the spot)
Last spot: Bears
- end of the photo walk
- feedback session




Skill Level: All abilities
Duration: approximately 3 hours

Times and age groups: 
1. Start 12:00 (for families and/or teens)
2. Start 16:00 (any age group as from 15 y.o. - no small kids) 

What you should bring with you:


your own camera of any type (phone camera is also an option)


water and snacks



NOTE: Please check the weather forecast and dress accordingly, we would also like to remind you to wear comfortable shoes!



Hashtag: #helphozoo19

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