The charity is searching for images of street cats (also thought of as stray cats, feral cats or community cats) which capture the character of these amazing cats surviving without owners and reflect the reality of a life on the streets, in order to inspire change and raise awareness of the plight of street cats.
Claire Bessant, Chief Executive of International Cat Care, said: “Life on the streets is tough for cats yet they are brilliant survivors. As well as risks from disease, road accidents and casual cruelty, they can also face threats from eradication programmes which may employ barbaric methods to reduce feral populations.”
“The population of unowned cats worldwide is huge, running to hundreds of millions, yet if street populations are managed humanely using methods such as trap, neuter and release (and owned cats are neutered to prevent the number of unwanted cats increasing), cats can live happily alongside people and their welfare maintained.”
A street cat sleeping in Hong Kong. Its ear has been clipped to show that it has been neutered or spayed as part of a Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) programme (©iCatCare/Lam Ying Loi)
“And while a non-surgical method of population control is still not on the table, we are working with our international partners and using our knowledge and expertise to encourage the development of these technologies that could effectively control cat populations humanely and safely. Many people help street cats and enjoy their presence – by highlighting these amazing cats we recognise their value and their right to be treated with respect and compassion.”
Last year’s photography competition attracted over 3,400 entries from photographers in 51 different countries. Eve Davies, Digital Communications, said: “You don’t need to be a professional photographer or have fantastic equipment to enter. One of last year’s winners, Nic Howett, took his winning image using a mobile phone!”
Nic Howett’s winning image of Tati (©iCatCare/Nic Howett)
Twelve winning images from the Street Cats photography competition will be selected by the iCatCare judges to feature in the charity’s 2018 calendar (and other purchased materials) which will be sold to raise funds for the charity’s welfare work, with one of these being crowned the overall winner and gracing the front cover. All twelve winners will each receive a certificate, copies of the calendar and a selection of iCatCare merchandise. Winners will also be invited to attend iCatCare’s annual awards event in London, UK on 14 July 2017, where the overall winner, who will receive £500 in prize money will be announced.
To find out more and to enter the Street Cats photography competition, visit: www.icatcare.org/photography-competition.
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I am the feline behaviour specialist at feline charity ‘International Cat Care’. We are about engaging, educating and empowering people throughout the world to improve the health and welfare of cats by sharing advice, training and passion.