B.C. SPCA calls for submissions to wildlife photo contest

FILE PHOTO. A Wood Duck photographed in Kamloops by Lyn MacDonald.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Lyn MacDonald

The B.C. SPCA is asking amateur photographers to bring wildlife into focus for their 12th annual photography contest.

To enter the Wildlife-In-Focus contest, applicants must be 14 years or older and capture wildlife within B.C. 

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, according to an SPCA release.

“Wildlife-In-Focus is a celebration of the incredible diversity of wild animals who live in B.C.,” SPCA representative Erin Ryan said in a release. “Every year we receive amazing entries featuring colourful waxwings, coyotes playing in the snow, majestic bears foraging with their cubs and other incredible wildlife images.”

Prizes will be awarded to the top three photos in each of two categories, Wild Settings and Backyard Habitats.

The best 12 photos will also be featured in a pack of SPCA greeting cards.

Those who don’t enter in the contest can still take part by donating to vote for the People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice winner will also be awarded a prize, and photographers who donate $20 or more and enter a photo before July 7 will gain 10 bonus votes on their submission.

“Every pack of cards sold and photo entry donations goes to support the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC), which cares for more than 3,000 orphaned and injured wildlife every year,” Ryan said.

Last year, Wildlife-In-Focus raised $16,852 for food, veterinary care, blankets and other supplies for wild animals at Wild ARC.

To enter the contest, click here.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Brie Welton or call (250) 819-3723 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

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