Photo Contest Winners

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Wow! We received so many splendid pictures that we almost feel justified in stating the old cliché, “You are all winners.” In real life, however, some winners are more equal than others, and the following photographs won in each of the 3 categories:

Stromatolites, the fossilized colonies of filamentary cyanobacteria and other microbes, by James Kocher.

Nymphaea caerulea, the Egyptian blue Lily, by David Collins.

Archilochus colubris , the hummingbird killing the yellowjacket, by Darren Garrison.

The irascible judges like the pictures almost equally well, but, alas, we still have to choose among the three. Our judgment, fortunately, is impeccable, so we feel comfortable in declaring first-, second-, and third-place winners.

We judge Darren Garrison’s remarkable photograph of the hummingbird killing the yellowjacket to be the best of the 3 contenders, largely because of the skill and patience that must have gone into taking that picture. Mr. Garrison is awarded his choice of an autographed copy of

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.

Second place goes to Mr. Collins for the Egyptian blue lily. Mr. Kocher’s stromatolites have more scientific interest than Mr. Collins’s photograph, but we judged that the pictorial quality of Mr. Collins’s photograph outweighed the scientific interest in the stromatolites. Mr. Collins gets to choose a book after Mr. Garrison chooses, and Mr. Kocher will receive the remaining book.

Finally, besides the 18 contenders in the 3 categories, we received a vast number of excellent photographs, many of which we intend to declare as honorable mentions. We will display the honorable mentions on subsequent Mondays, beginning with photographs by 3 young ladies whose median age is 10.

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Congrats to all the finalists and honorable mentions! Double congrats to Darren Garrison for coming out on top.

And especially, thanks to everyone who participated, even if we don’t get to see all the entries put up here. It’s been very fun and enlightening for us readers. :)

Hello, everyone. Thanks for the votes, and thanks to Panda’s Thumb for holding the contest.

And I couldn’t have won without the help of hummingbirds (who continue to visit every year.)

Here’s the spot where, if I was a bigger man, I’d dedicate the win to the memory of the lost yellowjacket, but I ran across a nest of them last week and was rewarded with around a dozen stings, so I say to heck with ‘em all.

:-)

Darren Garrison said:

Hello, everyone. Thanks for the votes, and thanks to Panda’s Thumb for holding the contest.

And I couldn’t have won without the help of hummingbirds (who continue to visit every year.)

Here’s the spot where, if I was a bigger man, I’d dedicate the win to the memory of the lost yellowjacket, but I ran across a nest of them last week and was rewarded with around a dozen stings, so I say to heck with ‘em all.

:-)

:-)

Then may you be rewarded with an army of hummingbirds wanting their picture taken and keeping you safe.

Congratulations to the winners - Happy Reading!

Thanks for the opportunity to enter some of my photos. I’m glad that one of my picks in the other categories at least made first place.

Congratulations to the winners.

This competition sure did bring out some interesting pictures.

Hi Darren,

Congratulations on the winning the photo contest on Pandasthumb.com!

I would like to discuss using one of your photographs in a museum exhibit in Charlotte, NC. The exhibit is about frogs and your image of the Hyla versicolor–gray tree frog works especially. Please contact me at 301.470.4748 or via email at [Enable javascript to see this email address.] for further details.

Regards,

Tina Martija Quatrefoil Associates

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