Calling all backyard photographers — it’s time to show the world your talent!
The annual BC SPCA Wildlife-In-Focus photography contest is now open
and photos submitted by August 15 will be considered for an upcoming
book by Vancouver author Nicholas Read. City Critters: Living Wild in the Urban Jungle,
from Orca Book Publishers, will be a full colour children's book about
the urban wildlife who call North America home. All other photos for the
contest can be submitted until September 30. Last year’s Wildlife-In-Focus contest entries are also being considered for
publication in City Critters. 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.
"We were thrilled to have the publisher review our contest photos
last year, but to have another opportunity to include even more pictures
from B.C.’s backyard and amateur photographers is exciting," says Sara
Dubois, manager of wildlife services for the BC SPCA.
Read co-authored The Salmon Bears: Giants of the Great Bear Rainforest and The Sea Wolves: Living Wild in the Great Bear Rainforest with Ian McAllister, both from Orca Book Publishers.
"We're very happy that Nicholas has asked to review this year’s early
photo contest entries again," says Dubois. "It's a testament to the
calibre of photos that are entered."
The 2011 Wildlife-In-Focus photography contest is a fundraiser for Wild ARC, the BC SPCA's wildlife rehabilitation facility on Vancouver Island. Learn more about this year's contest and see winners from the
2010 contest at spca.bc.ca/wildlife-in-focus.
The annual 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.
The Monty Fund for Community Education and Outreach supports education,
awareness, and advocacy programs for all animals including our wildlife
neighbours. Your gift can help the BC SPCA continue to advocate on
behalf of wild and exotic animals, provide educational resources to
individuals and various levels of government to create meaningful
change. Please donate today.
Photo caption: Jeremy Leete's photo of a fox pup won an honourable mention in the 2010 Wildlife-in-Focus urban wildlife photography contest, Wild 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.