By VanEastVet, on Thursday, August 20th, 2015
Attention photographers and amateur shutterbugs: now is your time to shine! The BC-SPCA Wildlife in Focus photo contest is now underway, and they are accepting admissions right up until September 15, 2015. That gives you just under a month to get the perfect shot of the perfect critter.
The contest has two categories: Urban Wildlife and Backyard Settings, and contest participants are encouraged to enter submissions to both. If you’re looking to submit to Backyard Settings, you need look no further than your own backyard (as the category implies). In fact, you may not even need to leave your house for this one. The BC-SPCA judges are looking for “striking images that represent the resiliency of local wildlife living at the interface with humans,” and as we residents of BC know, there is no shortage of urban wildlife from which to choose.
For the more intrepid photographer, or the photographer with a car, the Urban Wildlife category may be more your speed. Head to your local park or lake or forest to find an animal in its natural habitat, or go even further and explore the variety of amazing wilderness that BC has to offer. But of course, if you do decide to head out into the wild, research the areas you plan to explore, exercise caution, and don’t go dangling off any cliffs to get that perfect shot.
The cost of entry into the contest is $5 per photograph (there is no limit to the number of entries you may submit), and all proceeds go to fund the BC-SPCA’s Wild Animal Rescue Centre, or Wild ARC, located in Victoria, BC. The winning shots from both categories will be featured in Animal Sense magazine, and the photographers will also be awarded a prize. Second and third place winners will also receive a prize, as will any Honourable Mentions, should the judges deem them so worthy.
Check out the past Wildlife in Focus winning entries here: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009. While there are some pretty hardcore shots in there, clearly taken with high-end cameras and fancy zoom lenses, there are also some shots that look like they could have been taken with an iPhone. It’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time, and in that sense, this contest really is for everybody. Do you have a great shot? Submit it to Wildlife in Focus and help support Wild ARC.