09 September 2022 – 10:05
The winners of the BC SPCA’s annual amateur wildlife photography contest have been announced for this year, and their photos do not disappoint.
With several hundred photos submitted, judges struggled to choose the top three winners of the 14th annual contest, according to a press release from the BC SPCA.
A number of nominees received honorable mentions and one won the People’s Choice Award.
The contest also brought in thousands of dollars to take care of wildlife.
“With over 800 photos submitted, it was a challenge for the contest judges to choose just a few of the many amazing photos celebrating BC’s diverse wildlife,” said the SPCA’s Erin Ryan in the release. . “We want to thank everyone who entered for sharing their amazing photos and helping to raise $23,924.00 to help the BC SPCA’s Wild ARC treat injured and orphaned wildlife.”
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There were two contest categories, Backyard Habitats which focused on the relationship between humans and wild animals in our backyards, and Wild Settings which featured photos of animals in their natural habitats.
Claire Heath from Richmond took first place in the Backyard Habitats category with a photo of a chickadee, while Meghann Fletcher from Penticton took second place with her photo of a mallard duckling and Sam Gorick from Mill Bay won third place with her photo of a family of raccoons.
Bruce Turnbull of Penticton took first place in the Wild Settings category with a picture of bighorn sheep, while Wayne Danforth of Kelowna took second place with a picture of a grizzly bear and Chad Berney of Kelowna took third. place with his picture of a dolphin.
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The winning photos will be featured in an exclusive puzzle, and the 13 photos that received the most votes will be featured in a limited-edition desk calendar, the perfect gift for a wildlife lover, the SPCA said.
The items will be available in October and can be purchased from the BC SPCA’s online store.
You can see all the photos taken by amateur photographers across British Columbia here.
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