22 April 2012 Defenders’ 3rd Annual Photo Contest’s Honorable Mentions Posted by: Brian Bovard | 1 comment | Share: Our third annual Photo Contest was a great success with over 7,800 submissions from all over the world. One of my favorite tasks here is getting to browse through all the amazing submissions as they come in and one of the hardest things for us to do is whittle so many great photos down to the top 9 for our supporters to vote on. Now that the contest is over and the winners have been announced we felt it would be a great way to celebrate Earth Day by putting some of the honorable mention photographs into a slideshow and take a moment to remember the reason we are fighting so hard to protect our wonderful natural world. We hope you enjoy it. One Response to “Defenders’ 3rd Annual Photo Contest’s Honorable Mentions” hank perry April 24th, 2012 Brian – WOW! these entries are truly stunning -each in its’ own accord. It was humbling to watch this great collection and reflect on my good fortune with my first place award this year. Congratulations to all of the photographers in the Honorable Mention category for their excellent work – it is inspiring. hank perry Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in The Votes Are In… You voted, and we listened – now the winners of Defenders’ 2014 Photo Contest are here! See if your favorite won, and take a look at some of the amazing runner-ups. We’ve Got to Protect What’s Left of the Sagebrush Sea New research shows that after a fire, the Sagebrush Sea (home to the imperiled greater sage-grouse) could take up to 20 years to fully recover. With other factors already threatening so much of this habitat, what does that mean for the species that call it home? California prepares to welcome wolves home, but delays on providing state protections Now, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove Endangered Species Act protection for wolves throughout most of the rest of the country, gray wolves are once again at risk. Delisting would short-circuit wolf recovery in the Pacific West and would effectively mean giving up on one of our country’s most important and iconic species. Fortunately, California has an opportunity to play a meaningful role in helping the gray wolf continue to recover in the coming months and years.