Eye for the Wild Photo Contest

CWRS is hosting our annual fundraising photo contest from February 1 – March 31st! Amateur photographers (defined by less than 25% of annual earnings coming from photography) are encouraged to submit their best untouched photos of native Southern Albertan wildlife in their native habitat (no zoo shots!). There are over 400 species of wild animals that call Calgary home, so native habitat can include yards, parks and other city spaces. No shots of humans interacting with wildlife please!

This year we are adding an additional category for children 12 and under. Entries can be uploaded from February 1 – March 31st for a small submission fee of $10 per entry. To enter please fill out the form below.  Uploaded photographs must be between 2 and 5 mb. Winners will be contacted on April 19th, and showcased at our autumn event.  Individuals may submit up to 3 entries.

Photographs will be judged on technical skill, content, overall aesthetic, and ability to capture the essence of the animal being photographed. Winning photographs will be displayed at our autumn event, be featured in our 2020 calendar, and winners will receive prizes!


Dates: February 1 – March 31, 2020

Cost:  $10/entry

Contest Rules

To enter please visit



Ann Mansolino: Ann is a professional photographer whose photographic and book arts work explores the relationship between the internal self and external ideas of identity and place. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Guatemala, Slovenia, England, Northern Ireland, Japan, and Singapore.

Chris Fischer: Chris is a best-selling author of seventeen books, filmmaker and television host shares storylines that bind audiences with skills that organizations need. Trained in the sciences, he has traveled the world as a lecturer, exploring and investigating the universal strategies of success common to individuals, institutions and organizations.
Chris has a diverse portfolio of accomplishments including “Birds of Alberta” one of the best-selling books ever published in Alberta. Other titles include; Mammals of Alberta, Reptiles and Amphibians of Canada, Birds of New York City.

Darryl MacDonald: Darryl has been a photographer for over 20 years with a passion for nature and wildlife.  His work has allowed him to travel to amazing places including the Middle East, Europe, Antarctic, Africa and throughout North America.  With a focus on conservation and education he uses various methods to capture unique images including underwater and aerial drone work.

Dax Justin:  Dax is a Canadian Explorer, Adventure Photographer, Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society (FRCGS), Contributor to Canadian Geographic, National Geographic Certified Educator, Creative Director, Helly Hansen Ambassador, and Speaker based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Andrea Hunt:  Andrea is the Executive Director at the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society.  She takes most of the photos for Calgary Wildlife and has had her photos featured in National Geographic Kids.


Grand prize adult winner

Rental Voucher from The Camera Store
Camera Harness from My Fave Straps
CWRS Hoodie

Second prize adult winner

Framing package from Pandora’s Gallery Custom Framing & Art,
Luggage Package from My Fave Straps
CWRS Hoodie

Third prize adult winner

$100 gift certificate to Vistek,
Guitar Strap from My Fave Straps
CWRS Hoodie

Fourth prize adult winner

My Fave Straps Travel Package
$50 gift certificate to Fairplay Stores
CWRS Hoodie

Member’s choice winner

Trail Cam from Cabelas
$50 gift certificate to Fairplay Stores
CWRS Hoodie

First prize youth winner

Spotting Scope from Cabelas
My Fave Straps Camera Harness package
CWRS Hoodie

Second prize youth winner

Gift certificate to Pages bookstore
CWRS Hoodie

Third prize youth winner

Yeti water bottle from Cabelas
CWRS Hoodie


To see winners from last year, please visit https://calgarywildlife.org/photo_winners_2019/