BC SPCA’s annual Wildlife-in-Focus photography contest is back!
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BC SPCA’s annual Wildlife-in-Focus photography contest is back!

May 12, 2023

The BC SPCA invites the public to participate in its 15th annual Wildlife-in-Focus photography contest running May 15 through 31.

Amateur photographers 14 years and older can submit their awe-inspiring images of owls, eagles, foxes, bees, whales and other amazing creatures until May 31. You can enter as many times as you like and there is no entry fee.

“Wildlife-in-Focus celebrates the incredible variety of wild animals who call B.C. home,” says BC SPCA wild animal welfare specialist Erin Ryan. “Last year we received more than 1,700 entries showcasing this province’s impressive array of wild animals.”

Two bighorn sheep rearing at each other
2022 Wild Settings first place winner. Photo credit: Bruce Turnbull

Previous contest entries have been featured in the BC SPCA’s Animal Sense and Bark! magazines, BC SPCA educational materials, local newspapers, websites, and social media. Prizes will be awarded for the top three photos, as determined by the judges in each of two categories: Wild Settings and Backyard Habitats.

There is also a donate-to-vote option for a People’s Choice Award – the 13 photos with the most votes will be featured in a limited edition Wildlife-in-Focus desktop calendar – available for purchase on shop.spca.bc.ca after the contest closes.

Black-capped chickadee perched on branch of a cherry blossom tree
2022 Backyard Habitats first place winner. Photo credit: Claire Heath

In 2022, Wildlife-in-Focus raised more than $23,000 for the specialized diets, treatment, blankets and other supplies necessary to support the rehabilitation of wild animals at BC SPCA’s Wild ARC. Nearly 3,000 injured and orphaned wild animals are cared for at Wild ARC each year.

All wildlife photos submitted to the contest must be taken within B.C. and submitted digitally. “Wildlife” includes free-living birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish and insects, but not exotic, feral or domestic animals, or wildlife in zoos, aquariums, sanctuaries or rehabilitation facilities.

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