Living with Wildlife Photography Contest

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 California wildlife photographs in WildCare’s 16th annual Living with Wildlife Photography Contest!

Click here to enter online!

The entry deadline is Friday, September 29, 2023.

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)

More details about the entry categories may be found here.

Click for the 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.

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 $20 per photograph, and all entries must include a digital file of the image.

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 or 415-453-1000 x240.

Congratulations to the winners of WildCare's 2021 Living with Wildlife Photography Contest!

WildCare took a hiatus from the Living with Wildlife Photography Contest in 2022. Scroll down to see the 2021 winners!

Best in Show

Peregrine in Flight by Carlos Porrata


Best Living with Wildlife and People's Choice Award Winner

Coyote Knocking Down "Don't Feed Coyotes" Sign by Janet Kessler


Best California Birds in Their Natural Settings

Northern Spotted Owl Parent and Baby by Carlos Porrata


Best Wild Animals (Other) in Their Natural Settings

Coyote Stand Off by Elyse Omernick


Best General Nature

Crashing Waves by Lee Kuiper



2021 Living with Wildlife Photography Contest Finalists

Click to see winners of previous Living with Wildlife Photography Contests!

Note that some links will open as PDFs of that year's WildCare Newsletter. Others will open on previous iterations of our website.