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Bear family, bathing hummingbird among winners in BC SPCA’s 10th annual Wildlife Photography Contest

October 12, 2018

Amateur wildlife photographers in B.C. have once again made tough work for judges as the BC SPCA’s 10th annual Wildlife-In-Focus photography contest winners are announced. In addition, there were a number of incredible honourable mentions that celebrate the beauty in B.C.’s wild and urban environments. The People’s Choice Award was also determined as a result of public votes.

Rufous hummingbird. Photo taken by Tony Markle.

Participants were encouraged to submit photos into one of two categories: Backyard Habitats to highlight our special relationship with wild animals in our backyards, and amazing Wild Settings that feature animals in their natural habitats.

Grizzly bear family. Photo taken by Henrik Nilsson.

“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,” says BC SPCA research coordinator Erin Ryan. “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.”

In addition, the top 52 photos as a result of public votes are featured on a deck of playing cards available for sale!

The winners are:

Backyard Habitats

1st – Tony Markle, Parksville – Rufous hummingbird

2nd – Teresa Nightingale, Halfmoon Bay – Deer fawns

3rd – Vicki Morell, Vancouver – Short-eared owl

Wild Settings

1st – Henrik Nilsson, North Vancouver – Grizzly Bears

2nd – Jonathan Bauder, Korntal, Germany – Pika

3rd – Josh DeLeenheer, Sooke – Sea otter

People’s Choice Award

Izabelle Stevens, Sechelt – Bee

First prize winners in both judged categories will be featured in the Spring 2019 Animal Sense 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, NatureKids BC, Outdoor Photography Canada, or a Wild ARC prize pack.

Bee in flower. Photo taken by Izabelle Stevens.

Check out the winners and other entrants online at at our Wildlife-In-Focus contest website, to view the incredible photos captured by amateur photographers across British Columbia.