Bears are a common sight

Opportunity for photographers to go wild

Wildlife photography contest open to all amateur photographers

Squirrels, skunks, raccoons, and coyotes are all animals that can be found in our backyards.

But people often forget that these wild animals exist close to home.

The B.C. SPCA’s fourth annual Wildlife-In-Focus photography contest is looking for submissions of urban wildlife in wild or backyard settings.

The fundraiser for the Metchosin-based Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) encourages amateur photographers to explore local greenspaces, roadsides, beaches, and backyards to discover wildlife living in urban areas.

The contest showcases wild animals and the treasures that we have in B.C., said Kari Marks, Wild ARC manager.

“We forget what we have in our own backyards,” she said.

Sometimes people take amazing photos of urban wildlife and wish they could share it, Marks added. This provides people with an opportunity to share their photos.

Urban wildlife includes free-living birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. Photos cannot include exotic, feral or domestic animals.

“We get (photos of) everything from frogs to snails,” Marks said, adding that birds are among the most common photographed animals.

The contest is open to everyone aged 14 and up. All photos must be digital and taken in B.C.

Three top entries will be chosen from both categories. First prize photos will be published in a future issue of the B.C. SPCA’s Animal Sense magazine.

Submissions will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit.

An entry fee of $5 is required for each submitted photo. Proceeds go to support injured and orphaned animals at Wild ARC.

The deadline for photo entires is before midnight on Sept. 30.

For more information about the contest, see www.spca.bc.ca/wildlife-in-focus or email contest@wildarc.com.

Just Posted

Island Health, service providers meeting to talk about used needles in Victoria

Recent public needle-prick incidents prompt call to reduce number of needles found

Announcement for Sooke Road improvement expected this week

Premier promising ‘preliminary’ work, with more on the way

Dozens rally outside Premier’s office for sick Sooke boy

Six-year-old Landen Lanthier needs $19,000 a month to treat rare form of arthritis

Rumble in the Vale: Strawberry Vale homeowners hang banner protesting construction noise, rumbling

Banner reading ‘Do you hear what we hear?’ hangs over Colwood Crawl

Sooke’s Most Wanted

The following individuals are wanted by the Sooke RCMP as of Jan.… Continue reading

Community rallies behind Sooke boy with rare condition

Dozens called on government to cover cost of drug for six-year-old Landen Alexa

Trump aces mental aptitude test designed by Canadian immigrant

“This is a good example, I think, that will be helpful to change views about immigration. And maybe for Mr. Trump himself to consider immigrants as contributors to advancing science, advancing our societies.”

Rival Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team

The rival Koreas took major steps toward reducing their bitter animosity

Canada, U.S. lead call for sanctions against North Korea

Foreign ministers from 20 countries are meeting in Vancouver to discuss security and stability on the Korean Peninsula

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announces engagement

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh engaged to clothing designer Gurkiran Kaur

Hijab-cutting case highlights ethical issues with putting kids in spotlight

A Toronto police investigation has concluded a girl’s hijab was not cut by a scissors-wielding man as she walked to school

Change in politics, society on sexual misconduct ‘not fast enough,’ says Trudeau

Trudeau says society still lagging behind the systemic changes he is trying to make when it comes to preventing and responding to sexual harassment

Bank of Canada to make interest rate decision today

Economists widely believe that based on the economic environment, it’s likely interest rates will rise today

Body discovered in burnt out car near Trail

Police report a body was found in the burnt out trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic

Most Read