The BC SPCA wants Burnaby and New Westminster residents to show off their photo skills in its annual Wildlife-In-Focus photography contest.
Amateur photographers 14 years and older can submit images of hummingbirds, bears, bees, seals and other amazing creatures until July 26.
“Wildlife-In-Focus is a celebration of the incredible diversity of wild animals that live in B.C.,” said BC SPCA specialist, research communications Erin Ryan, in a news release. “Every year we receive amazing entries featuring diverse songbirds, red foxes playing in the forest and bears catching salmon on the river with mountains in the background.”
Previous contest entries have been featured in the BC SPCA’s AnimalSense 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. The donate-to-vote People’s Choice Award will also be awarded a prize. Those who don’t enter photos in the contest can still participate by donating to vote for the People’s Choice Award.
In a new twist this year, the top photos chosen by the judges as well as the top 25 most popular photos chosen by voters, will be featured in a photo book, which makes a really unique gift and will be available for purchase after the contest closes.
In 2020, Wildlife-In-Focus raised $32,970 for food, medical care, blankets and other supplies to support the rehabilitation of wild animals at BC SPCA’s Wild ARC, which cares for more than 2,800 injured and orphaned wild animals a year.
All photos of wildlife entered 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 or rehabilitation facilities.
Learn more about this year’s contest and view past winners’ images at https://www.gogophotocontest.com/bc-spca-wildlife-in-focus.