iN PHOTOS: Bears, bees and an otter star in B.C. SPCA's photo contest

Josh DeLeenheer took the third place photo titled, "The Homesteader." This photo was taken on Race Rocks Ecological Reserve in June 2018. The description reads: "Ollie, the lone sea otter at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, has broken from a distant sea otter raft to find a suitable location for a new sea otter colony. He now awaits his new family."
Image Credit: Josh DeLeenheer via B.C. SPCA

The B.C. SPCA has announced its winners for the 10th annual Wildlife In-Focus photography contest.

Contestants could submit photos in two categories: Backyard Habitats and Wild Settings. There was also a People's Choice category. 

“With almost 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,” Erin Ryan with the SPCA says in a media release. “We want to thank all the participants for sharing their amazing photos and helping to raise more than $17,500 for wild animals in need.”

The photos that placed in the top 52 are featured in a deck of playing cards available for purchase at the SPCA website here.

Here are the winning entries:

Backyard Habitats

First place

The first-place winner of the Backyard Habitats category is of a Rufous hummingbird in a bird bath. This 2011 photo was taken in Nanoose Bay by Tony Markle.
The first-place winner of the Backyard Habitats category is of a Rufous hummingbird in a bird bath. This 2011 photo was taken in Nanoose Bay by Tony Markle. "This male Rufous Hummingbird is bathing in a water feature in our yard that I built specifically for hummingbirds," Markle says in the description.
Image Credit: Tony Markle via B.C. SPCA

Second place

Teresa Nightingale's
Teresa Nightingale's "Seeing Double" photo took home second place in the Backyard Habitats category. The photo was taken June 2018 in Halfmoon Bay. Nightingale writes: "Every year we have one or two fawns born near or in our back yard. This year the doe decided to give birth three feet from our bedroom window! Upstairs, our cat was on the windowsill getting excited about something. I finally decided to look down and saw the doe and two newborns, the second one having just emerged, from the looks of things. I rushed downstairs with my phone and camera, took some video and then a lot of stills. This was about 10 minutes later as the twins napped to recover from the birth experience, settling down in mirror image positions."
Image Credit: Teresa Nightingale via B.C. SPCA

Third place

The third place photo was taken in 2017 by Vicki Morell. This photo is from the Lander and 72nd dyke area and is called,
The third place photo was taken in 2017 by Vicki Morell. This photo is from the Lander and 72nd dyke area and is called, "I don't give a hoot!" In the caption Morell writes:"I had bought a new lens and went to check out the Ladner dyke area for great photo ops. I came upon this short eared owl who seemed to like posing for the photographers. As he started to scratch click, click, click & this is the result!"
Image Credit: Vicki Morell via B.C. SPCA

 

Wild Settings

First place

Hendrik Nilsson nabbed the first place spot in the Wild Setting category of the B.C. SPCA Wildlife In-Focus photography contest. This photo titled,
Hendrik Nilsson nabbed the first place spot in the Wild Setting category of the B.C. SPCA Wildlife In-Focus photography contest. This photo titled, "Lunch" was taken in 2016 at Atnarko river near Bella Coola. Nilsson's description reads: "Each year, salmon return to BC rivers to spawn. In do so, they provide a crucial food source for many animals - including grizzly bears. In this particular instance, momma bear caught a salmon, junior caught a leaf on the butt."
Image Credit: Henrik Nilsson via B.C. SPCA

Second place

"The majestic Pika" by Jonathan Bauder holds second place in the Wild Settings category. This photo was taken in 2017 at Mount Robson. Bauder's photo caption reads: "This little pika was posing very still for me half way up to Mount Robson on the Berg Lake trail. I think it really wanted to win this contest."
Image Credit: Jonathan Bauder via B.C. SPCA

Third place

Josh DeLeenheer took the third place photo titled,
Josh DeLeenheer took the third place photo titled, "The Homesteader." This photo was taken on Race Rocks Ecological Reserve in June 2018. The description reads: "Ollie, the lone sea otter at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, has broken from a distant sea otter raft to find a suitable location for a new sea otter colony. He now awaits his new family."
Image Credit: Josh DeLeenheer via B.C. SPCA

 

People's Choice

The People's Choice winner goes to Izabelle Stevens with her photo,
The People's Choice winner goes to Izabelle Stevens with her photo, "Beauty and the Bee-st." This photo was taken in June 2018 in Sechelt. The description reads: "The beautiful bee, doing its simple job that greatly affects the world. The bees are a disappearing species, and are dying rapidly. You may wonder why the bees are so important and to answer that, without the bee, our world would suffer. Without the bees pollination, the amount of food we would have would drastically decrease and scientists have said that mankind would have only four years left if the bee disappeared. Yet neonicotinoids, one of the large contributors to the rapid death of bees, is not completely banned in Canada. I hope that through winning this contest, information about how we can help the bees will be spread, and people will spring to action to help our little friends, the bees, before it is too late."
Image Credit: Izabelle Stevens via B.C. SPCA

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