Amateur wildlife photographers in B.C. have once again made tough work for judges as the BC SPCA’s 12th 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 determined as a result of public votes.
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.
“With more than 956 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 Erin Ryan of the BC SPCA. “We want to thank all the participants for sharing their amazing photos and helping to raise $32,920 to help the BC SPCA care for injured and orphaned wildlife.”
The winners are:
1st place: Thomas Haslinger (Coldstream) – Chipmunk
2nd place: D. Ross Fisher (Campbell River) – Robins
3rd place: Sandy Stirling (Nanoose Bay) – Tree Frog
1st place: Joshua Wolfe (New Westminster) – Black Bears
2nd place: Greg Peterson (Burnaby) – Short-eared Owl
3rd place: Deborah Freeman (Nanoose Bay) – Mink
People’s Choice Award
Eileen Harris (Kelowna) – Bee on Flower
First-place winners in both judged categories will be featured in the upcoming issue of the BC SPCA’s Animal Sense magazine and the judge’s top three choices in each category as well as the top 12 People’s Choice photos will appear on a pack of greeting cards available soon through the BC SPCA’s online store.
Visit spca.bc.ca/wildlife-in-focus to view the incredible photos captured by amateur photographers across British Columbia.