Grab your camera before heading out for long weekend adventures in beautiful British Columbia and you could be one of this year’s BC SPCA Wildlife-In-Focus Photography Contest winners! Last year, contest winners hailed from communities all over the province, for their stunning photographs depicting wild animals in backyard habitats as well as wild settings.
Now in its sixth year, the Wildlife-In-Focus Photography Contest is open to all amateur photographers, who must submit images digitally, from July 1 through September 30. The contest supports the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) on southern Vancouver Island, where nearly 2,500 orphaned and injured wild animals are cared for every year.
“B.C. is such a scenic province with such a diverse range of wild animals. We want to help our province’s shutter bugs showcase the amazing beauty that we’re so lucky to experience,” says Sara Dubois, chief scientific officer for the BC SPCA. “Whether entering the Wild Settings category or Backyard Habitats, the photos we received every year take our breath away. It certainly makes it hard for judges to choose the winners!”
Photos entered in previous contests have been featured in the BC SPCA’s Animal Sense and Bark! magazines as well as in BC SPCA educational materials, local newspapers, websites and social media – a testament to the calibre of the photos that are entered.
Prizes are awarded for the top three photos in each of the two categories. The competition is open to all amateur photographers aged 14 and up. All photos of wildlife entered must be taken within the province and submitted digitally. “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. Learn more about this year’s contest and view past winners’ images at spca.bc.ca/wildlife-in-focus.
The annual contest encourages participants to explore green spaces, roadsides, beaches and backyards to find striking photo opportunities that represent the resiliency of local wildlife living at the interface with humans. Photographers can even get inspired online by the live-streaming Wild ARC Critter Cam, which features wild patients in the facility.
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Photos by Martin Smart and Norman Ng
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.