B.C. wildlife photographers have once again wowed the judges as the BC SPCA’s seventh annual Wildlife-in-Focus photography contest comes to a close. Winners of this year’s contest have been announced, along with a number of incredible honourable mentions that celebrate the beauty in B.C.’s wild and urban environments.
Participants were encouraged to submit photos into one of two categories: Backyard Habitats in order to highlight our special relationship with wild animals in our backyards, and amazing Wild Settings that feature animals in their natural habitats.
“With more than 600 photos submitted, it was a challenge for the contest judges to highlight only a few of the many amazing photos celebrating B.C.’s diverse wildlife,” says BC SPCA chief scientific officer Dr. Sara Dubois. “We want to thank all the participants for sharing their photos and helping to raise over $4,000 for wild animals in need.”
The winners are:
1st – Elizabeth King, Kamloops
2nd – Judy Murray, Bowser
3rd – Raymond Bennett, Campbell River
1st – Colin Franks, North Saanich
2nd – Ross Hooker, Victoria
3rd – Melanie Leeson, Cobble Hill
First prize winners in both categories will be featured in the Spring 2016 Animal Sense magazine and the top three in each category will receive great prizes that may include gifts from Kerrisdale Cameras, Vancouver Whale Watch, Vancouver Photowalks, Astrosatchel, LUSH Cosmetics, Starbucks at UBC Tech, or a Wild ARC prize pack.
Visit the BC SPCA online to view the incredible photos captured by amateur photographers across British Columbia.
Photos taken by Melanie Leeson (black bear) and Raymond Bennett (raccoon).
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.