Vancouver Island woman places 2nd with stunning racoon photo

Is this the Face of an Angel? It’s certainly the face of a winner. (Patricia Irvine photo)

A woman from the Cowichan Valley has won second place in the SPCA’s annual Wildlife-In-Focus photo contest.

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

“With more than 640 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.

“We want to thank all the participants for sharing their amazing photos and helping to raise over $16,800 for wild animals in need.”

Duncan’s Patricia Irvine came away a winner in the tough category of Backyard Habitats, capturing an image of a racoon that looks like its praying, titled “Face of an Angel”.

The top three in each category will receive great prizes that may include gifts from Beau Photo Supplies, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Canadian Geographic, Jukebox Print, LUSH, the Lab Vancouver, or a Wild ARC prize pack.

Check out the winners online at spca.bc.ca/wildlife-in-focus to view the incredible photos captured by amateur photographers across British Columbia.

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