Here are the finalists of the 2020 photography contest. We received 21 photographs, all of which were excellent, as you will no doubt see during the coming months. With assistance from our wife, we chose 6 finalists and then added one rather than bite the bullet and break a tie. We display the 7 finalists below the proverbial fold. We chose the photographs more on the basis of their pictorial quality than on their scientific interest. The text, if any, was written by the photographers and lightly edited for consistency.
The finalists are presented in alphabetical order of last name. Please look through their photographs before voting for your favorite. Polling will close Tuesday, September 8, at approximately 8 a.m. MDT, and we will display the winner at noon that day. (Monday is Labor Day in the US.)
Please remember that this is a photography contest, not a popularity contest, and discourage your friends from enlisting others specifically to vote for you.
Domestic pigeon, by Muharrem Gorkem.
Common gray moth, by James Kocher.
Black-headed grosbeak, by Mark Lee.
Roseate spoonbill, by C. Joseph Long.
Green hyalite, by Alan Rice.
Giant ichneumon wasp and mystery visitor, by Mark Sturtevant.