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BC SPCA Wildlife-in-Focus photography winners

By Contributor
September 24th, 2020

Amateur wildlife photographers in B.C. have once again made tough work for judges as the BC SPCA’s 12th annual Wildlife-in-Focus photography contest winners are announced. In addition, there were a number of incredible honourable mentions that celebrate the beauty in B.C.’s wild and urban environments.

The People’s Choice Award was determined as a result of public votes.

Participants competed in two categories: Backyard Habitats, in order to highlight our special relationship with wild animals in our backyards and Wild Settings, a category with images featuring animals in their natural habitats.

“With more than 956 photos submitted, it was a challenge for the contest judges to highlight only a few of the many amazing photos celebrating B.C.’s diverse wildlife,” says Erin Ryan of the BC SPCA. “

We want to thank all the participants for sharing their amazing photos and helping to raise more than $32,920 to help the BC SPCA care for injured and orphaned wildlife.”

The winners are:

Backyard Habitats

  • 1st place: Thomas Haslinger (Coldstream) – Chipmunk
  • 2nd place: D. Ross Fisher (Campbell River) – Robins
  • 3rd place: Sandy Stirling (Nanoose Bay) – Tree Frog

Wild Settings

  • 1st place: Joshua Wolfe (New Westminster) – Black Bears
  • 2nd place: Greg Peterson (Burnaby) – Short-eared Owl
  • 3rd place: Deborah Freeman (Nanoose Bay) – Mink

People’s Choice Award

  • Eileen Harris (Kelowna) – Bee on Flower

First-place winners in both judged categories will be featured in the upcoming issue of the BC SPCA’s Animal Sense magazine and the judge’s top three choices in each category and the top 12 People’s Choice photos will appear on a pack of greeting cards available soon through the BC SPCA’s online story (

Photo Caption: Thomas Haslinger of Coldstream outside Vernon won first prize in the Backyark Habitats with this snap of a Chipmunk having a bite to eat. — Submitted

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