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Your Call: BIRDS AS ART 2nd International Bird Photography Competition/Portrait Category

The Streak Continues: 150

The knee is again feeling somewhat better this morning. I fell asleep on the couch last night at about 6:00pm, woke briefly just before 9:00pm, and then slept well till 2:15am. Been working since then. I am still on Holland time….

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Join me at Gatorland next Saturday for a ton of learning. If you want to learn to use your flash and to make great photos in cluttered rookeries, you will not want to miss this one. Click on the composite image to enjoy a larger version. Click on the composite to enjoy the larger size.

Another Gatorland Short Notice Saturday Full-Day In-the-Field Workshop

Saturday May 3, 2014. 7:15am till 10:15am & 4:00pm till dusk. Lunch, image review, and Photoshop session included. Limit 6. A very small group is again likely: $399.

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Small and large chicks in the nest. Breeding plumage Cattle and Snowy Egrets. And tons more. You will learn to spot the good situations, to choose the best perspective, to see and understand the light, to get the right exposure every time after making a single test exposure, and to design pleasing images by mastering your camera’s AF system. A big part of the above is that you will learn how and why you must work in Manual mode 90% of the time at Gatorland.

At lunch we will review my images, take a look at five of your best images from the morning session (for those who opt to bring their laptops), and process a few of my images in Photoshop after converting them in DPP. That followed by Instructor Nap Time. Last Saturday all 3 folks had a great time and learned a ton. The long-range weather forecast for next Saturday is looking good with just a chance for afternoon thunderstorms.

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Great Horned Owlets

BIRDS AS ART 2nd International Bird Photography Competition

The judging of the BIRDS AS ART 2nd International Bird Photography Competition is now complete. Thanks a stack to our panel of judges: Sandesh Kadur, Scott Elowitz, Lou Coetzer, Mary Ann McDonald, Michael Frye, Peter Kes, Denise Ippolito, and yours truly. You can learn more about the guest judges here.

From 5 to 18 images in the 8 categories were selected to be sent to the judges’ panel. Each judge voted on each image on a 0-5 scale. The votes were tallied and the results are now final. They will be announced category by category in the coming weeks.

Your Call

The images that were presented to the panel of judges in the Portrait Category are presented to you today here. Do understand that many very strong images were eliminated in the early rounds because of poor image processing, technical issues including over- or under-exposure, image sharpness, and the failure of folks to take advantage of our lenient digital guidelines that allow for removing distracting elements from an image.

We ask that each of you pick your five favorite images and vote them 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 with 5 being the strongest, 4 being your second favorite, and so on down to 1. You can click on each image to view a larger size. Additional comments are welcome as long as they appear below your selections that should look something like this:

King Vulture: 5
Australian Emu: 4
Chinstrap Penguin preening: 3
Great Horned Owlets: 2
Chickadee: 1

The colors on that King Vulture image are amazing and I love the green background.

The selections above are of course arbitrary and should not at all influence your votes. Please read the directions carefully as comments that do not follow the format above exactly will be deleted without notice. The three winning images in this category along with the 5 runner up images and the names of the photographers will be announced here on Wednesday morning along with a tally of the public vote.

The Grand Prize winning image, the image that secured the highest total of judge’s votes, will be revealed when the results of the final category are announced.


Australian Emu

Australian Emu


Black-footed Albatross chick

Black-footed Albatross chick


White-backed Woodpecker

White-backed Woodpecker





Bald Eagle pair

Bald Eagle pair


Snowy Owl in flight

Snowy Owl in flight


Sharp-tailed Grouse displaying

Sharp-tailed Grouse displaying


King Vulture

King Vulture


Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird


Chinstrap Penguin chicks at nest

Chinstrap Penguin chicks at nest


Chinstrap Penguin preening

Chinstrap Penguin preening


Adelie Penguin

Adelie Penguin

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72 comments to Your Call: BIRDS AS ART 2nd International Bird Photography Competition/Portrait Category

  • Kevin Price

    Great Horned Owlets: 5
    Sharp-tailed Grouse displaying: 4
    Bald Eagle pair: 3
    White-backed Woodpecker: 2
    Chickadee: 1

  • Bobbie Neamy

    Great Horned Owelets: 5
    Snowy Owl in Flight: 4
    Chickadee: 3
    Ruby Throated Hummingbird: 2
    Whitebacked Woodpecker: 1

    It was hard to make a decission they are all so good

  • Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

    Readership voting is closed at 5:00am on April 30; you may vote but your vote will not be included in the published tally. artie

  • jdphenicie

    Great Horned Owlets: 5
    Bald Eagle pair: 4
    Chickadee: 3
    Red-throated hummingbird: 2
    Chinstrap penguin chick at nest: 1

  • Peggy Bowie

    Great Horned Owlets: 5
    Black-footedAlbatross chick: 4
    Australian emu: 3
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird: 2
    Chickadee: 1

  • Ryan Burrill

    Snowy Owl in flight: 5
    Adelie Penguin: 4
    White-backed Woodpecker: 3
    Great Horned Owlets:2
    King Vulture: 1

  • Kylie Jones

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird: 5
    Great Horned Owls: 4
    Chickadee: 3
    Snowy Owl in Flight: 2
    Bald Eagle Pair: 1

  • Amy Elizabeth

    Snowy Owl in Flight: 5
    Great Horned Owlets: 4
    Bald Eagle Pair: 3
    Australian Emu: 2
    Chinstrap penguin preening: 1

    All of these images are wonderful!

  • David Woolcock

    King Vulture:5
    Bald Eagle Pair:4
    Snowy Owl:3
    Sharp-tailed Grouse displaying:2
    Australian Emu:1

    All images were fantastic and many of these species I have never seen so all kudos to the shooters.

  • Mark A Jordan

    Great Horned Owlets: 5
    Snowy Owl In Flight: 4
    White-backed Woodpecker: 3
    King Vulture: 2
    Bald Eagle: 1

  • Kathleen Hanika

    Chickadee: 5
    Australian Emu: 4
    Great Horned Owlets: 3
    Ruby Throated Hummingbird: 2
    Bald Eagle Pair: 1

  • Chinstrap Penguin preening: 5
    King Vulture: 3
    Bald Eagle Pair: 2
    Snowy Owl in Flight: 1

  • Dan Nougier

    Great Horned Owlets: 5
    White-backed Woodpecker: 4
    Bald Eagle Pair: 3
    Chickadee: 2
    Snowy Owl in Flight: 1

  • Judy Sandmann

    Great Horned Owlets 5
    King Vulture 4
    Bald Eagle Pair 3
    White Backed Woodpecker 2
    Black Footed Albatross Chick 1

  • grouse-5
    white back woodpecker-3
    adelie penguin-2

  • Snowy Owl in Flight: 5
    Bald Eagle Pair: 4
    White-backed Woodpecker: 3
    Chickadee: 2
    Black-footed Albatross Chick: 1

    Not sure the Snowy Owl is actually in flight but image is wonderful; love that exposure gives details on owl with separation from background.
    Love the composition overall for Bald Eagle Pair as well as drama expressed in the position of both birds relative to one another.
    The snow and catching the bird with mouth open helps make the Woodpecker shot for me.
    Love the feather detail, catch light in eye and head angle on Chickadee.
    Love the detail on Albatross chick and getting image in rain was a plus for me.

    My bad on that image caption :(. artie

  • George Cottay

    Snowy Owl in flight: 5
    White-backed Woodpecker: 4
    Great Horned Owlets: 3
    Sharp-tailed Grouse displaying: 2
    Chinstrap Penguin chicks at nest: 1

    Thanks to all involved!

  • Geoff

    Great horned owlets: 5
    King Vulture: 4
    White-Backed Woodpecker: 3
    Black-footed Albatross chick: 2
    Adelie Penguin: 1

  • Sharp-tailed Grouse displaying: 5
    Snowy owl in flight: 4
    Bald eagle pair: 3
    Chinstrap Preening: 2
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird: 1

  • valerie class

    great horned owlets:5
    snowy owl in flight:4
    chinstrap penguin chick at nest:3
    king vulture:2
    bald eagle pair:1

  • Gary Axten

    Great Horned Owlets: 5
    Chinstrap Penguin preening: 4
    Australian Emu: 3
    Snowy Owl in flight: 2
    Black-footed Albatross chick: 1

    All images are amazing and deserving of recognition.