2020 Living with Wildlife Photography Contest Winners


Best in Show

Anna's Hummingbird Getting Take-Out. Photo by Melissa Usrey



Best California Wild Animals (Other) in Their Natural Settings and People's Choice Award Winner

Kiai: A Territorial Battle (Coyote and Raven) by Janet Kessler



Best Living with Wildlife

Bird Hit Window. Bird Survived by Roland Dumas



Best California Wild Birds in Their Natural Settings

Burrowing Owl at Sunrise by Melissa Usrey


Best General Nature

Poppy Covered in Dew by Marjorie Scarborough


Below are the judged top five finalist photos in each category in this year’s contest. The photos are posted in no particular order.

Our entry categories are:
- California Wild Birds in their Natural Settings
- California Wild Animals (Other) in their Natural Settings
- General Nature (landscape, plants etc.)
- Living with Wildlife (animals in human contexts and environments)

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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 14th annual Living with Wildlife Photography Contest!

The entry deadline was Friday, September 25, 2020.

Entries are now closed.


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


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 $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.

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

Click here to view the winners from the 2019 Living with Wildlife Photography Contest!