Photography Contest Continues …

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… but now the decision is up to you, our readers.

What we did. We received submissions from around 50 photographers (but who’s counting?). Many but not all submitted 3 photographs, so let us say perhaps 120 in all.

We triaged the photographs, first by making a rough pass and rejecting those that were clearly not in contention. Then we looked over the others and thinned them down to one entry per person, in order to allow as many people as possible to participate in the final round. Many of the rejected photographs went into an “Honorable Mention” file, and we will display them on Mondays as part of our regular 1000 Words feature. We tried to retain mostly photographs that were not only inherently good pictures but also had scientific interest.

We next defined 3 categories, which we called, somewhat loosely, animal, vegetable, and mineral. Mineral was intended to include geology, paleontology, cosmology, and anything that was not biology. Fossils are minerals, and so are stars. Bacteria (you should forgive us) are vegetables, partly because they are not animals and partly because they were vegetables when I was in high school. We then selected 5 to 6 photographs in each category; these are the finalists.

Three categories, happily, means 3 prizes, so we added a book. The prizes are now

Why Evolution Works (and Creationism Fails), by Matt Young and Paul K. Strode.

Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future, by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum.

Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism, ed. by Matt Young and Taner Edis.

What you can do. We will display one of the 6 finalists in the mineral category every day at 12:00 noon, Central Daylight Time, for 6 days, beginning Monday, August 10. We will display all 6 entries together and ask you to vote for your favorite picture beginning the following Saturday. The winner will be chosen in approximately one week. Then we will repeat the process with the vegetable category and then the animal category.

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If one of my pictures made the cut, can I vote for it? If I re-zero my computers’ cookies, can I vote for it again? (As a Pharyngulite, I know how to game polls…) Have you thought this through? [grin]

Bacteria (you should forgive us) are vegetables, partly because they are not animals and partly because they were vegetables when I was in high school.

They evolved since then? :)

Henry J

Our poll system will not be sophisticated. Please don’t try to game the poll. If we detect gaming, then the entire thing will be called off based on rule 12.

So, just to clarify, you’ll feature one of the top 6 photographs everyday, but then the voting starts next Saturday and will last approximately a week?

… you’ll feature one of the top 6 photographs everyday, but then the voting starts next Saturday and will last approximately a week?

Yes, but if we display 6 photographs, voting might not start till Sunday.

What I thought I might clarify, however: We will begin to display “Vegetable” photographs next Monday, August 17, and “Animal” photographs on August 24, so the contest will last another 4 weeks.

Incidentally, I have no doubt that bacteria have evolved considerably since I was in high school, but I imagine that our understanding of them has evolved even more. Unfortunately, we did not receive a whole lot of photographs of prokaryotes.

Matt Young said: Unfortunately, we did not receive a whole lot of photographs of prokaryotes.

Do you suppose that reveals some pro-metazoan favoritism amongst PT’s photographic “staff”? To whom should we protest?

Try the AAA - Amoeba Association of America. :D

All roads lead to Rome.

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Do you suppose that reveals some pro-metazoan favoritism amongst PT’s photographic “staff”? To whom should we protest?

whomever prices the gear required to photograph very, very small things. i suspect we won’t see many photos of small eukaryotes either. just relatively larger metazoans. i would even be somewhat surprised to see anything as small as an average insect.

personally, i submitted a squamate. :D

i would even be somewhat surprised to see anything as small as an average insect.

Somebody should make one of one of those bomb a deer beetles…

Henry

Bomb a deer beetles??? Will that keep the damn deer out of my Berkeley garden (yes, Virginia, urban deer in the East Bay). Why didn’t Duane Gish ever tell me about this?

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