Award-winning shot by local wildlife photographer

Award-winning shot by local wildlife photographer

Jesse Schpakowski won third place in a photo competition hosted by the BC SPCA.

New Denver wildlife photographer Jesse Schpakowski won third place in a photo competition hosted by the BC SPCA.

Schpakowski’s photo of a black bear cub chewing on a leaf was recognized in the “Wild Settings” category (there was also a “backyard habitats” category).

Nearly 700 photos from across BC were submitted and entry fees helped raise $3,900 for the BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre. Schpakowski, the contest’s only Kootenay-based winner, sells postcard versions of his wildlife photos in shops around New Denver.

More of his work can be seen at wildernessphotos.ca.