Local Photographer Randy Robbins Clinches Top Honors in Prestigious CA Wildlife Photo Contest… Again!


In yet another remarkable achievement, local photographer Randy Robbins has secured a prominent position in the California Wildlife Photo of the Year contest. This time, his captivating shot of a Barking Gray Fox, titled “What does the Fox Say,” has earned him the honors. While the top spot was claimed by a mesmerizing shot of burrowing juvenile owls, Robbins’ fox photograph secured a well-deserved spot among the top three selections.

This isn’t Robbins’ first rodeo in the spotlight – his eagle shot, though not a winner this time around, reached the finals. Robbins expresses gratitude for having his work recognized, stating, “It’s an honor to have one of mine selected as one of the top 3.” This marks his second “top 3” finish in the competition.

Robbins has been a consistent participant in the California Wildlife Photo of the Year contest, with an impressive track record. Over the past few years, five of his images have made it to the finals, with the first one earning him the coveted overall winning title in 2019.
Robbins’ winning shot of the Gray Fox was captured just outside of Susanville’s city limits, as stated by Robbins, who is renowned for his deep connection with the local wildlife and their natural habitats.

The 2023 Sierra Nevada Conservancy Win adds another accolade to Randy Robbins’ growing list of achievements, highlighting his skill in capturing the essence of the region’s diverse wildlife.

The overall winning image was selected by CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham and honored in a ceremony at the State Capitol. The contest is co-hosted by CDFW and California Watchable Wildlife and is sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Out of This World Optics, Chirp Nature Center, and Abbey House Inn.

As we celebrate Robbins’ success, his dedication to preserving and showcasing the beauty of our local area remains a source of inspiration for aspiring photographers and nature enthusiasts alike. We eagerly anticipate more captivating moments frozen in time through the lens of Randy Robbins Photography.


Barking Gray Fox
Susanville, Lassen County
Credit: Paulette Donnellon
Four Juvenile Burrowing Owls –
CAWW viewing site
Sony A1 478mm F6.3 1/500s ISO 1000
Great Blue Heron & Iris
Photographer: Michele Dodge