Winning photos from the 2021 ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest

Do you have an eye for animal photography? Maybe there’s a sweet snap of an unsuspecting critter sitting on your hard drive. If so, the Royal Ontario Museum wants to see it.

Returning for its eighth year, the museum is accepting entries for the ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest until March 12, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The contest is open to residents of Ontario, including both amateur and professional photographers. But all entrants must be 18 or older. There is a youth category for 13 to 17-year-olds.

To enter, share your wildlife image with the ROM from an unlocked Twitter or Instagram account and include the handle and hashtag @ROMtoronto and #ROMwpyON. If you’re entering the youth category include @ROMtoronto and #ROMwpyJR.

The winners of both categories will receive Nikon cameras from Henry’s camera store and a one-year membership to the ROM.

Last year, Andrew Budziak from North York snagged the grand prize with his snap of one of Toronto’s furry locals: a raccoon, out for a late-night stroll against a backdrop of graffiti.

This year’s contest is being judged by ROM senior photographer Paul Eekhoff, ROM ornithology technician Mark Peck, Hello Foto Inc. co-founder Vincent Luk, and conservation photojournalist David Coulson. The winners will be selected based on photography skills with the judges evaluating content and originality, technical quality, and visual impact.

The winning photos will be displayed at the ROM for all visitors to see.

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