Peachland’s Tania Simpson was the winner of the Backyard Habitats category for this photo in the 2012 B.C. SPCA Wildlife-In-Focus photography contest.

Peachland’s Tania Simpson was the winner of the Backyard Habitats category for this photo in the 2012 B.C. SPCA Wildlife-In-Focus photography contest.

Contest puts wildlife in focus

B.C. SPCA wants to show off your best B.C. wildlife pictures

Whether you’re spending your summer vacation relaxing in your backyard or adventuring into the B.C. wilderness, the B.C. SPCA wants to show off your best B.C. wildlife pictures.

Amateur photographers can enter the fifth annual Wildlife-In-Focus photography contest by submitting digital photos until Sept. 30.

The contest is a fundraiser supporting the society’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) on southern Vancouver Island, where more than 2,500 orphaned and injured wild animals are cared for every year.

“With the nation’s greatest diversity of wildlife in our own province, we are excited to help backyard and amateur photographers showcase these amazing animals,” said Sara Dubois, manager of wildlife services for the B.C. SPCA.

Some of the photos entered in previous contests have been featured in the BC SPCA’s AnimalSense and Bark! magazines, local newspapers and even a book City Critters: Wildlife in the Urban Jungle, authored by local journalist Nicholas Read.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three photos in each of two categories: Wild Settings and Backyard Habitats. The contest is open to all adult (age 14 years and up) backyard and amateur photographers residing in B.C. Learn more about this year’s contest and see winners from past contests at spca.bc.ca/wildlife-in-focus.

The annual contest encourages participants to explore greenspaces, roadsides, beaches and even backyards to find striking images that represent the resiliency of local wildlife living at the interface with humans. Wildlife includes free-living birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish and insects, but not exotic, feral or domestic animals, or wildlife in zoos or rehabilitation facilities.