Call for expressions of interest to nominate for 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


Download 2020 ZAA Awards Criteria Guide

To express your interest for submitting a nomination for the ZAA Awards, please follow download the criteria guide above and then submit your Expression of Interest.

Submit Expression of Interest

Key dates

23 Dec 2019
Expression of Interest (EOI) Opens

26 Feb 2020 (Extension from 14 Feb)
EOI Closes

2-6 Mar 2020
Shortlist of Award categories announced - applicants invited to presentation stage

6 Mar- 20 Apr 2020
Applicants prepare nomination presentation

27 Apr - 1 May 2020
Applicants present nomination to judging panel

11 Jun 2020
Winners announced - ZAA Gala Dinner in Brisbane