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Thornton resident earns second place in Brookfield Zoo photography contest

Steven DeYoung’s leopard photo wins second place in mammal category

THORNTON, Ill. (September 20, 2023) – Over 700 photos were submitted as part of Brookfield Zoo’s 2023 photo contest. One of those was submitted by Steven DeYoung, a resident of Thornton.

On Tuesday, Brookfield Zoo announced the winners of the annual contest, including DeYoung, who earned second place in the mammal category for his photo of a leopard.

Steven DeYoung of Thornton took this photo of a leopard at Brookfield Zoo, which won second place in the mammal category of the zoo’s annual photo contest. (Photo provided by Brookfield Zoo)

According to a press release from Brookfield Zoo, “A panel of professional photographers judged the photos and selected the grand prize winner as well as their top seven choices in the following categories: mammal, bird, and reptile/amphibian/invertebrate/fish. The public was then asked to vote over a two-week period for their favorites in each of the categories.”

Over 6,000 votes were cast to determine this year’s winners.

The grand prize winner, as well as the top three finalists in each of the categories, can be viewed on the Chicago Zoological Society’s website.

Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.


  1. Steven DeYoung is an amazingly skilled photographer. Thanks for highlighting his work. he also takes some amazing pictures of airplanes in flight. I follow him on Instagram and am continually amazed at his work.

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