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Baby raccoons and ‘air guitar seal’ among winners in annual photography contest

October 12, 2017

From a seal who looks like he’s rocking an air guitar riff to curious backyard raccoons, amateur wildlife photographers in B.C. have once again made tough work for judges as the BC SPCA’s ninth annual Wildlife-In-Focus photography contest winners are announced.

Photo credit: Mike Walsh

Participants competed in two categories: Backyard Habitats, in order to highlight our special relationship with wild animals in our backyards and Wild Settings, a category with images featuring animals in their natural habitats.

Photo credit: Michael Woods

“With more than 580 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,” says BC SPCA chief scientific officer Dr. Sara Dubois.

Photo credit: Bev Butt

“We want to thank all the participants for sharing their amazing photos and helping to raise over $16,300 for wild animals in need.”

The winners are:

Backyard Habitats

1st – Mike Woods, Victoria – Raccoons

2nd – Bev Butt, Quesnel – Hummingbird

3rd – Dmitry Varennikov, Vancouver – Elk

Photo credit: Mark Brett


Wild Settings

1st – Mike Walsh, Sooke – Harbour Seal

2nd – Colin Franks, North Saanich – Ruddy Duck

3rd – Mark D. Brett, Penticton – Hawk in moonlight


People’s Choice Award

Carolyn Matt, Vancouver – Eagle

First-place winners in both judged categories will be featured in the Spring

Photo credit: Dmitry Varennikov

2018 AnimalSense magazine and the top three in each category will receive great prizes that may include gifts from Canadian Geographic, Canadian Art, Greystone Books, Lens & Shutter Vancouver, LUSH, the Lab Vancouver, NatureKids BC, Outdoor Photography Canada, SPUD.CA or a Wild ARC prize pack.

Check out the winners online at spca.bc.ca/wildlife-in-focus to view the incredible photos captured by amateur photographers across British Columbia.

Photo credit: Colin Franks