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We at Mercantil Bank are always astounded at the talent and creativity of the Miami-Dade county middle school entries. Now celebrating our seventh annual Zoolens℠ Photography Project, the 2016 entries maintained the level of excellence that we are accustomed to seeing from our student participants.

Zoolens℠ reinforces the importance of art education through photography while encouraging an appreciation for nature's wildlife. We received over 300 entries into the 2016 contest and below are the Mercantil Bank Zoolens℠ Photography Project top 30 photo finalists and winners.

In 2017, we postponed the contest due to the damage from Hurricane Irma to Zoo Miami.  As proud partners with the Zoo, we donated the money that was meant for the contest to Zoo Miami to aid in the reparation efforts.  Zoolens 2018 kicks off in February of 2018 and we are looking forward to all the wonderful submissions!

Congratulations to all of the finalists!

1.

"Evolution"
by Alex Nelson

2.

"Only Have Eyes For You"
by Allison Smith

3.

"Nature at its finest"
by Angelyn Castillo


4.

"Death Stare"
by Anthony Vieites

5.

"Is it Friday"
by Arianna Gras

6.

"Cheeeeeesssseeee!"
by Ashley Sanguino


7.

"Peek-a-boo"
by Ava Crespi

8.

"Wish Upon a Star"
by Camila Caleya

9.

"Wind Beneath my Wings"
by Chase Bonet


10.

"It's our little secret!..."
by Christian Lopez

11.

"Dinner for Two"
by Daniela Corradine

12.

"Orange is the New Black and White"
by D'Honei Davis


13.

"Take a Peck of Me"
by Gabriela Nodarse

14.

"Whoa!!!"
by Isabella Ochaita

15.

"Crazy Eights"
by Jason Fernandini


16.

"I'm on the Prr-Owl"
by Juliana Lopez

17.

"Whisper Sweet Nothings To Me"
by Kaitlyn Engroba

18.

"Chomp Chomp"
by Kayley Dolan


19.

"Still Waiting...."
by Lara Afont

20.

"The Crawler"
by Laudy Florentino

21.

"Shh...Do Not Disturb!"
by Lia Fernandez


22.

"Ahhhh!!!"
by Madison Meyers

23.

"Force of Nature"
by Melissa Menendez

24.

"Favorite Feline"
by Prue Hardie


25.

"Tender Love"
by Rebecca Lagares

26.

"Just a Little TLC"
by Sarah Pareja

27.

"Sapphire Ocean"
by Sebastian Pirela


28.

"Daydreaming"
by Sheily Gonzalez

29.

"Personal Space"
by Sneha Murughyan

30.

"With Great Power Comes Great Need to Take a Nap -from The Last Olympian"
by Sophia Duran Santa

 


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