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Kootenay shutterbugs invited to enter SPCA contest

Wildlife-in-Focus photography contest runs from July 2 to July 22.

The BC SPCA invites the public to participate in its 16th annual Wildlife-in-Focus photography contest running July 2 to July 22. 

Amateur photographers 14 years and older can submit their awe-inspiring images of owls, eagles, foxes, bees, whales, and other amazing creatures with no restrictions on the number of photos, or an entry fee. 

“Wildlife-in-Focus celebrates the incredible variety of wild animals who call B.C. home,” said BC SPCA wild animal welfare specialist Nadia Xenakis. 

“It is also a great opportunity for British Columbians to showcase engaging with natural spaces in an ethical and responsible way, all while helping wild animals at Wild ARC.” 

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. 

The top three photos determined by the judges in each of two categories, Wild Settings and Backyard Habitats, will be awarded prizes. 

There is also a donate-to-vote option for a People’s Choice Award photo. The 12 photos with the most votes and the top 3 from each category will be featured in a limited-edition Wildlife-in-Focus pack of greeting cards and have the chance to be featured on a limited edition tote bag. 

In 2023, Wildlife-in-Focus raised more than $10,000 for the specialized diets, treatment, blankets, and other supplies necessary to support the rehabilitation of wild animals at BC SPCA’s Wild ARC. 

Over 2,000 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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