September 09, 2022 – 10:05 am
The winners of this year’s annual BC SPCA Amateur Wildlife Photography Contest have been announced, and their photos do not disappoint.
With several hundred photos submitted, the judges had a hard time choosing the top three winners of the 14th annual competition, according to a BC SPCA media release.
A number of contestants received honorary mentions and one of them won a People’s Choice Award.
The competition also brought in thousands of dollars for wildlife care.
“With more than 800 images submitted, it was difficult for the competition judges to choose just a few from the many stunning images celebrating British Columbia’s diverse wildlife,” said SPCA’s Erin Ryan in the statement. “We want to thank all participants for sharing their amazing photos and helping raise $23,924.00 to help BC SPCA’s Wild ARC take care of injured and orphaned wildlife.”
There were two categories for the competition, Backyard Habitats which focused on the relationship between humans and wild animals in our backyards, and Wild settings which included images of animals in their natural habitats.
Claire Heath of Richmond took first place in the Backyard Habitats category with a photo of a baby bird, Meghann Fletcher of Penticton took second place with her photo of a duck and Sam Gorick of Mill Bay took third place with his photo of a raccoon family. .
Bruce Turnbull of Penticton took first place in the Wild Settings category with a photo of a Bighorn sheep, Wayne Danforth of Kelowna took second place with a photo of a grizzly bear, and Chad Bernie of Kelowna took third place with a photo of a dolphin.
The winning photos will be featured in an exclusive puzzle, and the 13 photos with the most votes will be featured in the limited-edition desktop calendar, the perfect gift for wildlife lovers, according to the SPCA.
Items will be available in October and It can be purchased at BC SPCA online store.
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