Entries for WildCare’s Photography Contest Are Now Closed

Click here to view our 2017 Contest Winners!

Thank you to all the wonderful photographers who entered our contest!

We are holding the judging on Thursday, October 12, and will post the judged top 21 photos here for the People’s Choice voting

After voting for two weeks, we will announce all the winners in early November. Be sure to register for WildCare’s eNews to receive the winners announcement!

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


About WildCare’s Living with Wildlife Photography Contest

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)

Official Photography Contest Rules

Only photos with a main subject of nature and/or wildlife taken in California are eligible (photographers do not need to live in California), and photos do not need to have been taken in 2017.

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.

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.

Following the contest, the top five photographs in each category will be included in an exhibition, details to be announced.

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 no larger than 8.5″x11″. Online submissions are $20 which includes the $15 entry fee and $5 for a proof printed by WildCare. In other words, if you enter online, you do NOT have to submit a printed version of your photograph. WildCare will print it for you.

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.

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

All of our winners this year will receive the generous gift of a dozen cards featuring their winning photograph, generously donated by Second Chance Greetings! Visit Second Chance Greetings online to purchase great cards featuring WildCare photo contest winners, and a portion of your purchase will benefit WildCare!

See Winners from Previous Contests

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