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BC SPCA's annual wildlife photo contest is open

Wildlife-in-Focus contest will raise funds for Wild ARC

Amateur photographers 14 years and older are invited to submit their wildlife photography for a chance to win prizes.

The BC SPCA's 16th annual Wildlife-in-Focus photography contest runs until Monday, July 22. 

Photos submitted to the contest must be taken in BC, and “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.

There is no entry fee, and participants can enter as many times as they like at

“Wildlife-in-Focus celebrates the incredible variety of wild animals who call BC home,” Nadia Xenakis, BC SPCA wild animal welfare specialist, said in a release. “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. Prizes will be awarded for the top three photos, as determined by the judges, in each of two categories: Wild Settings and Backyard Habitats. 

There is also a donate-to-vote option for a People’s Choice Award.

The 12 photos with the most votes and the top three 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, which will be available for purchase on after the contest closes. 

Wildlife-in-Focus raised more than $10,000 in 2023, and helped fund 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. 

For more information on the contest, visit 



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