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BC’s best wildlife photographs wanted: don’t forget your camera this summer!

 July 3, 2012

The BC SPCA wants to show off your best wildlife pictures taken in the province. The 4th annual Wildlife-In-Focus Photography Contest is now open and digital photos can be submitted until September 30. The contest is a fundraiser for the society’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) on southern Vancouver Island. Wild ARC cares for over 2,000 orphaned and injured wild animals a year.

“With the nation’s greatest diversity of wildlife in our own province, we are excited to help backyard and amateur photographers showcase these amazing animals,” says Sara Dubois, manager of wildlife services for the BC SPCA. Some of the photos entered in past contests have been featured in the BC SPCA’s AnimalSense and Bark! magazines, local newspapers and even a book City Critters: Wildlife in the Urban Jungle, authored by local journalist Nicholas Read. Dubois notes, "It's a testament to the calibre of photos that are entered."

Prizes will be awarded for the top three photos in each of two categories: Wild Settings and Backyard Habitats. The contest is open to all adult (age 14 years and up) backyard and amateur photographers residing in B.C. Learn more about this year's contest and see winners from past contests at

The annual 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 about the contest email

Photo captions: Last year’s winners included Greater Victoria resident, Kevin Mazur, who won first place for the category: Wild Settings (top), and  Duncan resident, Barry Hetschko, who won first place for the category: Backyard Settings (bottom).

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.











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