Art auction goes online to benefit OWL

A passion for photographing nature led to a contest win and hopefully a fundraising boon for the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (OWL). 

Photographer Nicola McGuire recently entered a photo contest at London Drugs and was gifted an 18-by-24 wrap around canvas as the winning prize of her photo, Heron in the Marsh.

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After receiving the wrap around canvas of the heron catching a flounder, she had a second canvas printed of the heron eating the flounder.

McGuire, who was raised in Ladner, has recently moved back to the community and has been pondering doing something nice for her hometown.

She says she has a passion for photographing herons, eagles and her natural surroundings and recalls many past and recent visits to OWL.

“I decided to donate the prints and that has spurned on other artists to join in on this online auction with all proceeds going to OWL,” says McGuire. “I have been a photographer for many years, but I have become a lot more serious about it in the past six months. I have a calendar project in the works, will be showing at a number of upcoming craft fairs and I want to be a part of the Ladner Village Market next summer.

“I love it. I usually never leave the house without camera in hand.”
McGuire’s donations will make up a series of 11 pieces of art that will soon be on the OWL website ( with the online auction set to run from Oct. 1 to Nov. 15.

“My parents’ love of OWL has really spurned my interest. I love coming here and I know they always need support,” she says. “I enjoy giving. Ladner is just that type of community that networks and helps each other out.”

OWL raptor care manager Rob Hope says they’re thrilled to have artists like McGuire involved in their fundraising efforts.

“Anytime there is an opportunity to get funding, especially with OWL being a non-profit, so anyway we can make a few extra bucks to help care for the animals we have is great,” says Hope.

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