Oh Canada! We want to see your best photos of iconic Canadian Wildlife!

CONTEST NOW CLOSED. Thank you for more than 600 entries! All winners have been notified via email.

Canada is home to some of the most iconic wildlife & wild spaces on Earth, and the Calgary Zoo is honoured to play a role in protecting this natural heritage. The ongoing support of our community allows us to spearhead and take part in 9 conservation programs that safeguard native species. From the whooping crane to the northern leopard frog, symbols of Canadian wildlife are being protected across the country thanks, in part, to our members, donors, visitors, and online community. So we'd like to take the opportunity to give back.

Starting on June 1, 2021, share the best photos that you have taken of Canadian wildlife with us for a chance to be featured on our website and across our social media channels (the "Contest"). Starting on Wednesday, June 9 (and every Wednesday thereafter during the Contest Period), we will select one winning image to share on our website and social media channels with photo credit to the photographer. Each individual whose photo is chosen will receive two free tickets to an upcoming Focused Photography event at the Calgary Zoo or two free day admission passes to the Calgary Zoo!

What to do:

  • Submit your photos of iconic Canadian wildlife to us by email to [email protected] using the subject line "Canadian Wildlife Photo Contest".
  • Your submission must include: your name, the species featured (if known), and the location the photo was taken. Feel free to include any additional information about the photo that you wish to share. 
  • Have fun! We can't wait to see what you share.

*By submitting photos to us, you confirm that you have read and agreed to the Canadian Wildlife Experiences Photo Contest Rules and Terms & Conditions as outlined below.

Thank you for your interest in the Canadian Wildlife Photo Contest. This contest has closed.

  • Terms & Conditions

    By submitting photos to the Contest, you agree to the following terms (the "Terms & Conditions"):

    • You acknowledge that the photo is your original work.
    • Individuals who submit photos to the Contest grant the Calgary Zoo the right to use their photos for the purpose of marketing the Contest or other Calgary Zoo programs and for subsequent display on the Calgary Zoo website and/or social media channels without further contact or compensation from the Calgary Zoo.

    We retain the right, at our discretion, to modify the Terms and Conditions. Your continued submission of photos to constitutes your acceptance of all modified Terms and Conditions.

  • What makes a winning photo? Some tips from the Calgary Zoo team!

    Here's what we're looking for:

    • The photo was taken a safe distance away.
    • The photo is of native Canadian species.
    • Rarity of Canadian species - something we may not see a lot of.
    • Clarity, focus and overall look of the image.
    • Photos that showcase the species in its beautiful native habitat.
    • Special consideration will be given to photos of conservation program species: northern leopard frogs, black-footed ferrets, black-tailed prairie dogs, swift fox, burrowing owls, Vancouver island marmots, greater sage-grouse, whooping cranes, fishers, or half-moon hairstreak.
  • Canadian Wildlife Experiences Photo Contest Rules

    By submitting photos to us, you agree to the following rules (the "Rules"):

    • The Contest runs from June 1, 2021 to September 1, 2021 (the "Contest Period")
    • The Contest is open to everyone.
    • Must be 18+ or have parental consent to enter.
    • Photos must be of Canadian animals – mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Live animal photos only.
    • Exotic animals, those not native to Canada, are excluded from consideration.
    • Photos must be taken a safe distance away (evidence of the photographer interacting with the wildlife directly will cause the photo to be excluded).
    • We accept photos in digital format only; must be a JPG.
    • For our purposes, portrait images work better than landscape.
    • You may submit multiple entries, but you can only win once. 
    • Photos submitted will be considered throughout the entire Contest Period, not just during the week they are submitted.
    • Photos must be submitted via email to [email protected] Photos submitted via other means will not be reviewed or entered into the contest. If your photo is selected as a winning image, we will contact you via the email address you used for your submission.
    • Starting on Wednesday, June 9 (and every Wednesday thereafter during the Contest Period), we will select a winning photo and share that photo on our social media channels with photo credit to the photographer. Each individual whose photo is chosen for this purpose will receive two free tickets to an upcoming Focused Photography event at the Calgary Zoo or two free day admission passes to the Calgary Zoo!
    • Focused tickets are valid for the date of the event they are issued for. Day admission passes are valid for day admission only (not valid for ZOOLIGHTS admission) and will expire on December 31, 2021.

Wild Wednesday WINNERS Photo Gallery

The winning photos will be featured here and in our "Wild Wednesday" social post every Wednesday from June 9, 2021 to September 1, 2021! Congratulations to these photographers for their outstanding shots.


Winner 1 - Lori Stainer

Wednesday, June 9

Photographer: Lori Stainer
Species: American white pelicans
Location: Frank Lank, Alberta

Winner 2 - Laurie Brewster

Wednesday, June 16

Photographer: Laurie Brewster
Species: Beavers
Location: Calgary, Alberta (taken along the Bow River, near Carburn Park)

Winner 3 - Neil Almond

Wednesday, June 23

Photographer: Neil Almond
Species: Calliope hummingbird
Location: Creston, British Columbia

American Black Bear

Wednesday, June 30

Photographer: Bart Onyszko
Species: American black bear

American bullfrog

Wednesday, July 7

Photographer: Anita Niven
Species: American bullfrog
Location: Minnekhada Park in Coquitlam, British Columbia

Great grey owl

Wednesday, July 14

Photographer: Akini Peters
Species: Great grey owl
Location: Sundre, Alberta

Bighorn sheep

Wednesday, July 21

Photographer: Matt Piotrowski
Species: Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep
Location: Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Common loon

Wednesday, July 28

Photographer: Jean E. Wallace, PhD
Species: Common loon
Location: Calgary, Alberta

Harbour seal

Wednesday, August 4

Photographer: Brittany Doucet-Lewis
Species: Harbour seal
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Mule deer trio

Wednesday, August 11

Photographer: Linda Long
Species: Mule deer
Location: Wainwright, Alberta

Pacific tree frog

Wednesday, August 18

Photographer: Gregory Puhacz
Species: Pacific tree frog

Red tailed hawk

Wednesday, August 25

Photographer: Paul Sbrizzi
Species: Red tailed hawk
Location: Nose Hill Park in Calgary, Alberta

Grey wolf

Wednesday, September 1

Photographer: Taylor Currah
Species: Grey wolf
Location: Banff National Park, Alberta

Honourable Mentions

We received so many stunning shots that we just had to make an 'Honorable Mentions' list. Congratulations to these photographers for their outstanding shots.


Photographer: Amber Hall
Species: Bison
Location: Elk Island National Park, Edmonton, Alberta


Photographer: Christina Hatton-Fearnley
Species: American red squirrel
Location: Bragg Creek, Alberta


Photographer: Tony LePrieur
Species: Pika
Location: Kananaskis Country, Alberta


Photographer: Sunny Lo
Species: Bobcat
Location: Calgary, Alberta


Photographer: Shelly O'Donnell
Species: Striped skunk
Location: Madden, Alberta


Photographer: Tony Trinh
Species: Trumpeter Swan
Location: Southern Alberta