Check out these 7 award-winning B.C. wildlife photos

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Every year the BC SPCA holds their “Wildlife-In-Focus” photography contest, where shutterbugs and nature watchers submit their best shots of beautiful animals around the province.

For its ninth year, the contest drew hundreds of submissions in two categories: Backyard Habitats and Wild Settings. Judges selected three winners in each category, plus a People’s Choice category let the public have their say.

“With more than 580 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 BC SPCA chief scientific officer Dr. Sara Dubois.

The competition raised $16,372 for wildlife in need at the BC SPCA’s Wild ARC, which cares for more than 3,000 injured and orphaned wild animals a year.

Take a look at this year’s stunning winners.

Backyard Habitats:

1st – Mike Woods, Victoria, Raccoons

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Mike Woods/courtesy BC SPCA

2nd – Bev Butt, Quesnel, Calliope Hummingbird

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Bev Butt/courtesy BC SPCA

3rd – Dmitry Varennikov, Vancouver, Elk

 

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Dmitry Varennikov/courtesy BC SPCA

Wild Settings:

1st – Mike Walsh, Sooke, Harbour Seal

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Imagerybyhip.com/courtesy BC SPCA

2nd – Colin Franks, North Saanich, Ruddy Duck

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Colin Franks/courtesy BC SPCA

3rd – Mark D. Brett, Penticton, Hawk in Moonlight

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Mark D. Brett/courtesy BC SPCA

People’s Choice Award

People’s Choice Award winner, Carolyn Matt from Vancouver

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Carolyn Matt/courtesy BC SPCA