10 April 2013 The Votes Are In! Posted by: Defenders of Wildlife | 12 comments | Share: We received thousands of fantastic photos of wildlife and wild lands in this year’s photo contest, and you helped us select winners by voting for your favorites. To see the winners of Defenders of Wildlife’s 4th annual photo contest, including who will be going on a wildlife photography tour with professional photographer Jess Lee, click here! Thanks to everyone who submitted to the contest this year. We had some really fantastic photos, and it was hard to narrow it down to just the top ten for voting. If you want to see more great photos of wildlife and wild lands, here are 10 honorable mentions from this year’s submissions: PausePlayPlayPrev|Next Chewy, ©Hank Perry Striking a Pose, ©Joshua Savage Humpback Whale Feeding Frenzy, ©Alice Cahill Sea Lion in Repose, ©Lisa Burtis Green Frogs, ©Valerie Donohue Night Mantis, ©Marie Maroney Aurora Curtain along the Brooks Range, ©Larry Malvin Mother Bear with Cubs, ©Lyssa Danehy Pika: Hear Me Roar! ©Vaughn Cottman Medicine Lake at Sunset, ©Ron Paul 12 Responses to “The Votes Are In!” Sharon Baron April 10th, 2013 I love viewing these wonderful shots. Anne April 10th, 2013 Nature is so beautiful, worth protecting and conserving. Kimberlie Calkins April 10th, 2013 Both myself and family love the photo’s ! Great choice’s ! Are you going to make a calendar , using them ? They would make great show and offer’s ! ??? If so would like to get one ! Your Animals and nature friend : kimberliecalkins Linda W. April 10th, 2013 Whoo-Hoo! First time I voted in a long time, and Mama Polar Bear and her Cubs was the sweetest, most loving photo…. I also loved the Milkey Way one…WOW! And the bear in the tree…LOL This is one of my favorite, if not most favorite, of all animal and wildlife charities. Thank you, Defenders! You help out our wolves, bears… and national parks, and so many other forms of wildlife! God Bless. Deborah April 10th, 2013 Beautiful,BEAUTIFUL. FA1SGL April 10th, 2013 They are ALL winners! Beautiful simply beautiful. liu wai ling April 10th, 2013 Love all beautiful photo Mary Phillippi April 11th, 2013 Mother Nature at its finest!!I can’t think of any other words to say except STUNNING!!!! Judith Kelly April 13th, 2013 Dear DOW: The photos on your website & the winners are exquisite! Some of them almost take my breath away. The polar bear mother with her cubs is truly a winner! The scenes are surreal, and I am amazed at the array of beautiful colors. It was almost as if you are right there. Thank you for your beautiful photos and for all your hard work for the protection of our beautiful wildlife. Cristina April 22nd, 2013 This picures are wonderfull because they are WONDERFULL!!! +Nancy Wren April 24th, 2013 Where was the photograph by Philip Kuntz (2nd place Wild Lands)taken? Defenders of Wildlife April 24th, 2013 Hi Nancy. It was taken at the Two Medicine area in Glacier National Park. 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.