Last year’s winners included Dennis McLaren

Last year’s winners included Dennis McLaren

SPCA photography contest goes wild

Don’t miss out on your chance to see your best photo featured in the B.C. SPCA’s fifth annual Wildlife-In-Focus Photography Contest.

Amateur photographers are being called to put wildlife in focus.

If you have an eye for wildlife, don’t miss out on your chance to see your best photo featured in the B.C. SPCA’s fifth annual Wildlife-In-Focus Photography Contest.

Digital photos are being accepted until Sept. 30 in the contest, which raises funds for 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 B.C. SPCA’s AnimalSense and Bark! magazines, local newspapers and even a book, City Critters: Wildlife in the Urban Jungle, authored by journalist Nicholas Read.

“It’s a testament to the calibre of photos that are entered,” said Dubois.

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.

For more information about the contest, e-mail contest@wildarc.com.