Don't be shy, shutterbugs – you only have two weeks left to shoot the wildlife in your community.
"Of course, we mean 'shoot' in the camera sense," says Sara Dubois, manager of wildlife services for the BC SPCA.
The deadline for the BC SPCA's 2010 Wildlife-In-Focus photography contest is Aug. 31, which means backyard and amateur photographers only have just over two weeks to enter.
Prizes will be awarded for the top three photos in each of two categories – Wild Settings and Backyard Habitats. Plus, all entries will be considered by Vancouver author Nicholas Read for his upcoming book, City Critters: Living Wild in the Urban Jungle, from Orca Book Publishers. City Critters is a full colour children's book about the urban wildlife who call Canada and the United States home.
Read co-authored The Salmon Bears: Giants of the Great Bear Rainforest with Ian McAllister, also from Orca Book Publishers, and will release the book's companion publication, The Sea Wolves: Living Wild in the Great Bear Rainforest, in October.
"We're thrilled that Nicholas will be looking at the photo contest entries," says Dubois. "It's a testament to the calibre of photos that are entered."
The 2010 Wildlife-In-Focus contest is a fundraiser for Wild ARC, the BC SPCA's wildlife rehabilitation facility on Vancouver Island.
The contest is open to all adult backyard and amateur photographers (16 years+) in B.C. Learn more about this year's contest and see winners from the 2009 contest, including photographer Robin Bassett's stunning image of a Steller's jay, which claimed first place in the backyard habitat category, at spca.bc.ca/wildlife-in-focus.
The Wildlife-In-Focus contest encourages participants to explore greenspaces, roadsides, beaches and even backyards to find striking images that represent the resiliency of local wildlife living at the interface with humans.
Wildlife includes free-living birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish and insects, but not exotic, feral or domestic animals, or wildlife in zoos or rehabilitation facilities.
For more information, read the official press release or email the Wild ARC contest support team.
The BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) cares for over 1,900 orphaned and injured wild animals each year. You can help provide the shelter, food and resources needed to give these beautiful creatures a second chance. Please donate today.
Photo caption: Robin Bassett's image of a Stellar's jay, the 2009 Wildlife-In-Focus winner in the Adult-Backyard Settings category.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.