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Your Call: BIRDS AS ART 2nd International Bird Photography Competition/The Hand of Man & Captive Category

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Great Horned Owl Captive

Great Horned Owl Captive

The BIRDS AS ART 2nd International Bird Photography Competition

The judging of the BIRDS AS ART 2nd International Bird Photography Competition has been complete for nearly a month now. Thanks a stack again to our skilled 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. This will make 7 categories down, 1 plus the Grand Prize winner to go.

Your Call

The 5 strong images that were presented to the panel of judges in the Hand of Man & Captive category are presented to you today here. Please do understand that other strong images were eliminated in the early rounds of judging because of poor image processing, technical issues including over- or under-exposure, over-Saturation, image sharpness, and the failure of folks to take advantage of our lenient digital guidelines that allow for the removal of distracting elements from an image.

After clicking on each image to view the larger size, we ask that vote them 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 with 5 being the strongest, 4 being your second favorite, and so on down to 1. Additional comments are welcome <em>as long as they appear below your selections. The whole thing should look something like this:

American Bittern Hand of Man: 5
Peacock Captive Albino : 4
Short-eared Owl Hand of Man: 3
Great Horned Owl Captive: 2
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Hand of Man: 1

I love image design in the bittern image along with the great detail.

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 4 runner up images and the names of the photographers will be announced here soon 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.


Short-eared Owl Hand of Man

Short-eared Owl Hand of Man


American Bittern Hand of Man

American Bittern Hand of Man


Eurasian Tree Sparrow Hand of Man

Eurasian Tree Sparrow Hand of Man


Peacock Captive Albino

Peacock Captive Albino


I created all of the images in this composite on last year’s July Nickerson Beach IPT.
All copyright 2013: Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
Click on the composite to enjoy a larger version

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21 comments to Your Call: BIRDS AS ART 2nd International Bird Photography Competition/The Hand of Man & Captive Category

  • 5. Great Horned Owl Captive
    4.Peacock Captive Albino
    3. American Bittern Hand of Man
    2. Short-eared Owl Hand of Man
    1. Eurasian Tree Sparrow Hand of Man

    I love the pose, the energy and intensity of the Great Horned Owl, which is why I gave it the 5.
    The slightly offset head angle of the Peacock Captive Albino lent a quizzical feeling to the image and captured my attention.
    I could have reversed #s 3 and 2 but did not know how to give a tie. I like the head angle of the bittern
    I like the open mouth of the short-eared owl
    I appreciate the flat white background (overcast, another building at distance, whatever it is) behind the sparrows; the lack of color makes their own plumage pop more and I like their poses.

  • Short-eared Owl Hand of Man: 5
    Eurasian Tree Sparrow Hand of Man: 4
    Great Horned Owl Captive: 3
    Peacock Captive Albino: 2
    American Bittern Hand of Man: 1

  • avatar Kylie Jones

    Great Horned Owl Captive: 5
    Short-eared Owl Hand of Man: 4
    Eurasian Tree Sparrow Hand of Man: 3
    Peacock Captive Albino: 2
    American Bittern Hand of Man: 1

  • avatar Mark A Jordan

    Peacock Captive Albino: 5
    Eurasian Tree Sparrow: 4
    Short-eared Owl Hand of Man: 3
    American Bittern Hand of Man: 2
    Great Horned Owl Captive: 1

  • 5 – Eurasian Tree Sparrow
    4 – Short-eared Owl
    3 – Great Horned Owl
    2 – American Bittern
    1 – Peacock Captive Albino

    Bravo, nice work…

  • avatar Robert

    Great Horned Owl Captive: 5
    Short-eared Owl Hand of Man: 4
    Peacock Captive Albino : 3
    American Bittern Hand of Man: 2
    Eurasian Tree Sparrow Hand of Man: 1

  • avatar Greg Payne

    Short-eared owl: 5
    Great horned owl: 4
    Eurasian tree sparrow: 3
    American bittern: 2
    Peacock albino: 1

  • avatar Howard

    Excuse my ignorance, but what does “Hand of Man” category mean?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Howard, Hand of man images include man made objects or items like the fence-post perch in the Short-eared Owl image and the chain link fence in the sparrow image. artie

  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow-5 (i love the composition!)
    great horned owl captive-4
    short eared owl-3

  • Great Horned Owl Captive: 5
    American Bittern Hand of Man: 4
    Eurasian Tree Sparrow Hand of Man: 3
    Short-eared Owl Hand of Man: 2
    Peacock Captive Albino: 1

  • avatar Ted Willcox

    #5 Eurasian Tree Sparrow
    #4 Short-eared Owl
    #3 Great Horned Owl
    #2 American Bittern
    #1 Peacock Albino

  • 5 Short earred owl hand of man
    4. Peacock captive albino
    3. Eurasian tree sparrow
    2. Great horned owl captive
    1. bittern hand of man

  • 5. Great Horned Owl Captive
    4. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
    3. Short-eared Owl
    2. American Bittern
    1. Peacock Captive Albino

  • American Bittern 5
    Eurasian tree Sparrow 4
    Peacosk 3
    Short eared Owl 2
    Great Horned Owl 1

    Was the image of the American Bittern taken on the Anginga tail in the Fl Everglades ?

  • Great Horned Owl: 5
    Peacock Captive Albino: 4
    Short-Eared Owl: 3
    Eurasian Tree Sparrow: 2
    American Bittern: 1

  • avatar Jay

    Great horned owl: 5
    Peacock: 4
    Eurasian tree sparrow: 3
    Short eared owl: 2
    Bittern: 1

  • Great Horned Owl captive 5
    American Bittern 4
    Short eared Owl 3
    Peacock captive albino 2
    Eurasian Tree Sparrow 1

  • avatar Gary Axten

    American Bittern Hand of Man: 5
    Eurasian Tree Sparrow Hand of Man: 4
    Great Horned Owl Captive: 3
    Peacock Captive Albino: 2
    Short-eared Owl Hand of Man: 1

  • Great Horned Owl Captive: 5
    Peacock Captive Albino: 4
    Eurasian Tree Sparrow Hand of Man: 3
    Short-eared Owl Hand of Man: 2

  • avatar Marvin T. Smith

    Peacock Captive Albino: 5
    Great Horned Owl:4
    Short-eared Owl:3
    Eurasian Tree Sparrow: 2
    Bittern: 1