Congratulations to our winners!

View the winners in WildCare’s Living with Wildlife Photography Contest below.


Best in Show

Humpback Whale Breaches in the Bay. Photo by Susie Kelly


People’s Choice Award Winner and Best Living with Wildlife

Ground Squirrel and Pigeons. Photo by Susie Kelly


Best California Wild Birds in their Natural Settings

Burrowing Owl in Flight at Sunset. Photo by Melissa Usrey


Best General Nature

Tsunami (Clouds). Photo by Nick Fain


Best Wild Animals (Other) in their Natural Settings

River Otters in the Mud. Photo by Rick Lewis


Best Photo by a Junior Wildlife Photographer (ages 6 – 12)

Elephant Seal. Photo by Mystic Lujan, age 10


Congratulations to all of our 2019 Living with Wildlife Photography Contest Finalists!




Junior Wildlife Photographers division

This entry division was new in 2019! We want to encourage young people to take photos as a way to appreciate nature and wildlife. These photos were taken by kids age 6, 8 and 10!



See Winners from Previous Contests
2018 Contest Winners
2017 Contest Winners
2016 Contest Winners
2015 Contest Winners
2014 Contest Winners
2013 Contest Winners
2012 Contest Winners
2011 Contest Winners
2010 Contest Winners
2009 Contest Winners
2008 Contest Winners
2007 Contest Winners

Give Us Your Best Shot!

Two Barn Owls. Photo by Gary Walter
Photo by Gary Walter

Get outside with your camera and enter your best wildlife photographs in WildCare’s 13th annual Living with Wildlife Photography Contest!

2020 contest information will be available soon.

Enter online until midnight! Drop off photos to WildCare before 5pm. Mailed entries must be postmarked 10/11/19.

Entry Categories:

1. California Wild Birds in Their Natural Settings

2. California Wild Animals (Other) (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects etc.) in Their Natural Settings

3. California General Nature (plants, landscapes, geology, natural phenomena)

4. Living with Wildlife Animal Interaction Shots (California wild animals (birds, mammals, reptiles etc.) in human contexts and environments)

*New this year!*

5. Junior California Wildlife (ages 6 – 12)

6. Teen California Wildlife (ages 13 – 17)

Official Photography Contest Rules

Coyote in Rear-view Mirror. Photo by Tony Koloski
Photo by Tony Koloski

The Prize for the Best in Show photograph will be $500 and your photograph featured in WildCare’s Newsletter. All entry categories, including our two new Junior and Teen categories are eligible to win the Best in Show.

Prizes will also be given for the best photograph in each category and for a People’s Choice Award to be determined by an online vote. Cash prizes made possible by a generous donor.

Enter online or by mail. Entry fees are $15 per photograph if accompanied by a printed proof. All entries must include a high-resolution printed proof at either 8″ x 10″ or 8″ x 12″. Online submissions are $20 which includes the $15 entry fee and $5 for a proof printed by WildCare.

Autumn Jackrabbit. Photo by Joyce Bowes
Photo by Joyce Bowes

Entry fees support WildCare’s programs including our Wildlife Hospital and our Nature Education programs. Your photos also help us advocate for and educate about the wild animals with which we share our environment. Entered photos will grace our website and printed materials, and may also be used to raise much-needed funds for our organization. Click for our Photography Contest Rules for more information.

Click to enter online.

Click to enter by mail (download a print-and-mail PDF Entry Form)

Click for the complete Photography Contest Rules (PDF).

Questions? Please contact Alison Hermance, Photography Contest Coordinator at or 415-453-1000 x24.