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

Victoria invited to get a closer look at Sunday’s lunar eclipse

Special event allows public to view the moon through UVic telescopes

Sooke municipal staff enters budget prep mode

All a matter of priorities, says mayor

Sooke mayor travels to Cambodia to empower women in politics

The trip is part of a Global Affairs Canada initiative

Vancouver Island couple fights for their lives together

Richard Stuart needs a kidney, his wife Tracy has been diagnosed with cancer

Fashion Fridays: Inspirational gym outfits

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

BC Hydro scammers bilked customers out of nearly $45,000 in 2018

Nearly 2,000 people reported scams to the utility, as they continue to be more common

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

RCMP’s use of force in arrest of Island man not excessive, judge rules

Campbell River man high on cocaine led high speed chase through city’s downtown

Most Read