It was hard for judges to choose from the hundreds of photos submitted to the 2013 Wildlife-in-Focus Photography Contest, but they made some tough decisions and the winners of this year’s competition have been announced. Participants helped raise $3,900 for wild animals in need in British Columbia, submitting nearly 700 photos.
“We live in one of the most beautiful places on earth and are surrounded by such a diversity of wildlife throughout the province,” says Sara Dubois, manager of wildlife services for the BC SPCA. “The images of our local wild animals that were captured by such a wide range of photographers are absolutely stunning.”
First-prize winners in both categories – Backyard Habitats and Wild Settings – will be featured in the BC SPCA’s spring/summer issue of AnimalSense magazine; the top three in each category will receive a great prize that may include: a handbag from Astrosatchel, a point-and-shoot camera from Broadway Camera, a Wild ARC prize pack, or subscriptions to either Canadian Geographic Magazine or Canadian Art Magazine. The 2013 winners are:
1st Laurie Schretlen, Kelowna
2nd Veronica Caron, Delta
3rd Carol Munro, 100 Mile House
1st Norman Ng, Coquitlam
2nd Alice Sun, West Vancouver
3rd Jesse Schpakowski, New Denver
Honourable mentions (in no particular order) include:
- Deanna Brett, Sooke
- Kin Fun Li, Victoria
- Penny Colton, Tappen
- Stephen Joseph Richard, Kelowna
- Victor Jacinto, Richmond
- Maureen Hannay, New Westminster
- Donna Peet, Prince George
- Claire Arnett, Abbotsford
- Tania Simpson, Peachland
- Martin Smart, Nanaimo
The annual contest runs from June through September each year and encourages participants to actively explore green spaces, roadsides, beaches and their own back yards to find striking images of local wildlife living in such close proximity of 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.
The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations. Our mission is to prevent cruelty and to promote the welfare of animals through a wide range of services, including cruelty investigations, emergency rescue and treatment, sheltering and adoption of homeless and abused animals, humane education, advocacy, farm animal welfare, spay/neuter programs, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.