17 April 2014 The Votes Are In… Posted by: John Yeingst | 8 comments | Share: This year, we received thousands of incredible photographs of wildlife and wild lands for the 2014 photo contest. I want to deeply thank everyone who submitted photos and voted for their favorites. With your help, we have our winners! Click here to see them > So many incredible photos were submitted this year, that narrowing them down to just ten finalists was truly challenging. So we put together a slideshow of some of the other fantastic photos we received that deserve an honorable mention. Bison stampeding in Yellowstone National Park, © Maureen Santina Blue Ridge Majesty, © Warren Sander Three Noses, © Tim Grams Bow Lake, © Vittorio Ricci Noble Wolf, © Larry Gambon Avalanche Creek, © Warren Lynn Black Skimmer with Needlefish, © Jessica Kirste Sunset on Crater Lake, © Ryan O'Keven Sage-Grouse on Lek, © Diana LeVasseur Sunrise at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, © Michael Renfrow Lynx watching over, © Brooke Lavill Purple Horseshoe, © Adam Jewell Karner blue butterfly, © Gerry Lemmo Magic Isle, © Vittorio Ricci Ferret Leap, © Sandy Nervig Lupines over unbelievably blue water, © David Bahr Chasing a Leaf, © Tim Grams Fog flowing over Devil's Pass, © Andy Zahn Forage, © Kirsten Niedzwecki False Kiva, © Cory Marshall Confrontation, Lesser Prairie Chickens, © Margaret Sloan 8 Responses to “The Votes Are In…” Eleanor E. Caffrey April 18th, 2014 Living Lightly-Matthew Hardcastle Where do you get the the #1.4 to 3.7 billion birds in the U.S.? This appears to be an impossible number. The sun would be obscured by birds if this were true…maybe in the 1700′s. E. Caffrey Reply Melanie Weberg April 18th, 2014 Sheer pleasure…thank you to all the photographers who quietly go about their business capturing scenes we can only imagine. Reply Heidi Ridgley April 18th, 2014 Regarding the question about 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds annually in the U.S., the source was cited in the Living Lightly story: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute conducted an analysis of previous studies and had their own analysis peer reviewed. Their study was originally published in Nature. Reply Jean de Maiffe April 20th, 2014 What a joy to see these photos. Thank you, again, to everyone who captures these incredible, elusive views to share with the rest of us. While my ultimate choices my have been different than the outcome of the survey, I cannot fault any of their choices, either. Reply Brenda Noriega April 21st, 2014 I’ve loved all the pictures, however I prefer: “THREE NOSES” and “NOBLE WOLF”… Reply Kathy Heimer April 23rd, 2014 All have special qualities! Reply Kathy Heimer April 23rd, 2014 All of them are special and it is too hard to choose one! Reply Imelda McDonald May 6th, 2014 I love all of them every one of them have special character and qualities! Reply Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Help Wildlife Survive Winters in our National Forests In order to protect wildlife and balance the needs of recreational activities in our national forests, new rules for over-snow vehicles need to be implemented. What’s the Difference Between Montana and Romania? In order to help conserve and manage the wild bison population in the American West, Montana should join in the bison restoration efforts that are taking place in other states. The House’s Continued Assault on Endangered Species The House continues to turn its back on the Endangered Species Act by weakening and eliminating protection for imperiled wildlife.