2023 ZAA Awards

The Zoo and Aquarium Association Awards are a celebration and acknowledgement of achieved extraordinary success resulting from the dedication and valuable work of our member zoos and aquariums and their positive impact on conservation and animal welfare. There are several categories available to enter, ensuring the opportunity for recognition in numerous areas.

Award categories

All awards operate on a two-tier system, which aims to provide smaller zoos and aquariums a chance to compete on a more level playing field. The two-tiers are as follows:

  • large institutions – operating expenditure above $1.5 million
  • small institutions – operating expenditure $1.5 million or below

Award categories include:

  • Engagement Award
  • Exhibit Awards
  • Conservation Award
  • Environmental Sustainability Award
  • Employee of the Year Award


Key dates

15 Feb 2023
Expression of Interest (EOI) Opens

19 Mar 2023
EOI Closes

31 Mar 2023
Shortlist of Award categories announced - applicants invited to presentation stage

1 Apr - 30 May 2023
Applicants prepare nomination presentation

31 May - 4 June 2023
Applicants present nomination to judging panel

3 - 5 Aug 2023
Winners announced - ZAA Conference