Photography contest: Finalists, General Category

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Note: Matt Young directed the selection of the finalists and wrote most of this text.

We received approximately 60 photographs from 20 photographers. Most of the pictures were excellent. Approximately half represented endangered or invasive species, very loosely defined. We therefore established 3 categories: general, threatened or endangered, and invasive.

Choosing finalists was difficult. We considered what we thought was the scientific and pictorial qualities of the photographs, and also attempted to represent as many photographers and present as much variety as possible.

Here are the finalists in the general category. The text was written by the photographers and lightly edited for style. Please look through them before voting for your favorite. We know it is possible to game these polls. Please act like adults and don’t vote more than once. If we believe that the results are invalid, the contest will be canceled. The photos and poll are below the fold.

The Talk Origins Archive Foundation will provide the winner with an autographed copy of Why Evolution Works (and Creationism Fails), by Matt Young and Paul Strode?

  • Anolis carolinensis, green anole, by Al Denelsbeck — Not endangered or even threatened at this point, they nevertheless are getting crowded out in Florida by the introduced and more aggressive brown anole. Florida seems to play host to more introduced species than any state I'm aware of. I was glad to capture the wide color variation of the species in one shot.
  • Pachydiplax longipennis, blue dasher (f), by Tom Faller.
  • Gobiodon okinawae, yellow clown goby, male, guarding its eggs in Caulastrea furcata, teal candy cane coral, by Kevin McCarthy — Neither of these specimens is rare or endangered, but they are both fascinating.
  • Robber fly (possibly Promachus rufipes, red-footed cannibalfly) eating a wasp that it has caught in flight, by Nicholas Plummer.
  • Gloriosa superba, glory lily — by Siromi Samarasinghe. All parts of the plant contain colchicine and related alkaloids and are therefore dangerously toxic if ingested. Yala National Park, Sri Lanka.
  • Gonatodes ocellatus, ocellated gecko, adult male by Daniel Scantlebury — This species is found only on rocky slopes on Tobago and Little Tobago Island. Fortunately, its status is secure for now, because it is abundant (although secretive) and protected by the oldest rainforest preserve in the Western Hemisphere.

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Another crop of fantastic finalists. Looking forward to another year of Mondays with beautiful “leftovers.” Although I didn’t submit anything, it feels like I’m the real winner here. :)

Beautiful pictures, all of them. I can’t decide which is best.

However, I can’t see all the text of the photographer’s comments. Only the first two lines are visible in my browser (Firefox 3.6.4) with my current text settings. I can tease one more line out of it if I reduce the text size to the minimum, but that’s still not enough for the longer comments. I ended up having to disable the page style in order to read them.

They work fine for me in 3.6.8

I have the same problem in 3.6.8, bur they’re fine in Chrome.

There is space for three lines on my browser. If you are using larger fonts than me, I can see how it might push one line out of the box.

Us old guys can’t read ant print. :)

Okay, to make it easier on everyone, the text accompanying the photos, in order:

Anolis carolinensis, green anole, by Al Denelsbeck — Not endangered or even threatened at this point, they nevertheless are getting crowded out in Florida by the introduced and more aggressive brown anole. Florida seems to play host to more introduced species than any state I’m aware of. I was glad to capture the wide color variation of the species in one shot.

Pachydiplax longipennis, blue dasher (f), by Tom Faller.

Gobiodon okinawae, yellow clown goby, male, guarding its eggs in Caulastrea furcata, teal candy cane coral, by Kevin McCarthy — Neither of these specimens is rare or endangered, but they are both fascinating.

Robber fly (possibly Promachus rufipes, red-footed cannibalfly) eating a wasp that it has caught in flight, by Nicholas Plummer.

Gloriosa superba, glory lily — by Siromi Samarasinghe. All parts of the plant contain colchicine and related alkaloids and are therefore dangerously toxic if ingested. Yala National Park, Sri Lanka.

Gonatodes ocellatus, ocellated gecko, adult male by Daniel Scantlebury — This species is found only on rocky slopes on Tobago and Little Tobago Island. Fortunately, its status is secure for now, because it is abundant (although secretive) and protected by the oldest rainforest preserve in the Western Hemisphere.

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And yes, I’m that Al ;-)

Thanks, that Al. :)

Al? Al Yankovic, is that you? I love your music! It always makes me laugh. :-P

By the way, I’ve been playing around a bit with user styles (in my own amateurish way, using the stylish extension), and I believe if you simply add:

.panel-overlay {overflow:auto !important;}

to the #mygalleryview css, it should turn the div into a scrollbox when the text overflows the boundaries.

Hope that helps.

Not much time left. If you are going to encourage others to vote, now is the time.

All Fabulous! I voted for the Robber Fly eating the wasp. How lucky to find a predator doing its well-armed prey, and small flying predators at that. But the other photos were also beautiful, just not quite as lucky.

Congratulations, everyone!

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