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Created on March 11, 2013 by scifri

Ended March 15, 2013

Vote for Your Favorite Photo
  • Photo 1: Seeking Shelter, by Georgia Avery
  • Photo 2: Out of Time He'll Fly, by Deb Braun
  • Photo 3: Early Morning, by Rebecca Bubp
  • Photo 4: Frosty Morning Duck Hunt, by Kevin Farron
  • Photo 5: Bird of Prey Catching Its Prey, by Michele Frankie
  • Photo 6: Ice Sheets at Twilight, by Mark Graf
  • Photo 7: Let Me Out, by Theresa Heizelman
  • Photo 8: Five Deer in the Wintry Wild, by Christian Lobo
  • Photo 9: Snow Jump (January 2013), by Robert Patterson
  • Photo 10: Boreal Owl Hunting on a Snowy Day, by Alan Stankevitz
  • Photo 11: Black Bear Emerging From Den, by Jim Stroner
Created on Mar 11, 2013


Total Votes: 5,797

Comments (21):

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Posted on Mar 11, 2013 at 11:40 PM by missclarity:

I've gotten to know Lily the Black Bear and her cubs (sound asleep in the den). So goto www.ustream.tv/lilyblackbear AND/OR for Daily Updates goto www.bearstudy.org (when you get there just click upper right on subject for the day ie Lily nurses cub or Jewel chews paw pad off or sumthin like that there. Have fun 'cause I know the rest of us do.

Susan G.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 5:20 PM by globalfiduciary:

While I am impressed with all of the entries, it is quite unusual that the distribution of votes would be so heavily skewed to one entry in such a short period of time. I ask that the judges check to see if some sort of anomaly may have occurred.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 6:06 PM by pro_photographer:

I agree with globalfiduciary, please review. It seems that this bear has a massive following,while no one is taking into account the quality of the photograph. This seems strange, being a photography contest and all. All of the photos are good but the disproportionate amount of votes for one of the more sub-par shots should be a red flag for judges.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 6:49 PM by xo_bears:

The reason that the Black Bear photo is so far ahead is that this particular bear is know and loved world-wide as well as the very special gentleman who photographed her. Black bear lovers are a force to be recogned with. Shine on.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 9:04 PM by bailey2:

I find it amazing patience and skill to see a wonderful photo of a bear peeking out of a den and do not think it is a sub-par photo! It is a great wildlife nature winter photo. I loved the Boreal Owl photo as well for its appeal.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM by ericskat:

It looks to me that the Boreal Owl is one of the better photographs, but the bear draws on the heart strings, which is one of the challenges of photography. Still voting for the Owl, but like many of the others as well.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 11:01 PM by mnmagnolia:

Many of us voting vote for the photograph that we like best. We may not be experts in quality of photography but know what we like. If this were a contest to judge photo quality it should have been limited to experts in that field. Also, this is a WILD bear.... not in captivity. She lives in a forested area, protects her cubs raising them to be yearlings and then they in turn venture into the wild to live their lives.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 1:29 AM by missclarity:

All the photo's are wonderful and are well appreciated. The subject is the focus of the picture and is being appreciated for it's uniqueness and heart felt effect on so many. Of course, I speaking of Lily the Black Bear. Catching her sticking her head outside the den was a most pleasant surprise. Beside, she's the mother that shares her cubs with the world via www.ustream.tv/LilyBlackBear. Sometimes they are sleeping, nursing, and sometimes there is activity between Mom Lily and cubs. Sharing so much love is what that photo represents AND I believe the viewers of the world agree. It's a heart condition of joy which is a pre-existing conditions for all to have.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 8:29 AM by peta:

It's disgusting to see nature invaded, such as the case with "Lily the Black Bear" . Do you really think the bear doesn't notice these foreign objects in her den? It causes her undue stress and discomfort all for the sake of entertainment. It's sick.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 5:10 PM by nanabear:

Dear Peta...you know nothing of this bear so you need to become more learned of Lily and the study of her and her family before making such hard and misinformed statements.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 7:01 PM by wildlife:

LOVE the OWL an the BEAR picture. VOTING for the bear one since that is my favorite animal. The bear photo is getting so many votes is only because there are a lot of friends of bears on facebook. And they LOVE this awesome photo. KEEP up with the great photos JIM.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 9:42 PM by maxiesma:

The bear picture is a good picture and I would have voted for it even if I had not been a Lily watcher. This bear is not disturbed by the things in her den, for the most part she ignores them. The reason Lily has so many is not an anomaly, it is real, she has thousands of fans all around the world. The bear is my totem animal and I would have voted for her no matter if I knew her or not.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM by roger_hayward:

How do we know what the bear thinks? How does one "know this bear"? The bear is obviously imprinted and has no natural fears of humans. If she truly is out in the wilderness, a hunter will make an easy killing of this bear as it has no natural fear of humans.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 at 10:51 AM by bearlover:

I love the true capture of Lily the bear in her den. How many people can say that they took a picture of a beautiful mama bear looking at your camera! Beautiful picture! Bravo to Jim STONER FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL PICTURE! Shame on all you negative people out there. People can make their own choice on what picture they like...grow up!

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM by bearhugger:

All of the photo entries in the contest are lovely. I think Lily has garnered so many votes because she is so extraordinary! A shot of a bear sticking her head out of a den is very novel; having the moment captured in a photo, beautiful! As for concerns about the proximity of humans to bears, and the den cameras, etc., it would be ideal for anyone with such skepticism to go to the website (www.bearstudy.org) and learn more about the research being done. The den cameras are for education, not entertainment purposes. The relationship that the researchers have with the study bears actually protects them during hunting season as the research bears are adorned with markers, ensuring they will not be targeted by hunters. Moreover, those who follow the research will learn that black bears are not the ferocious, fearsome animals they are commonly thought to be, but are rather highly intelligent, gentle beings. By eliminating the unwarranted fear of these beautiful animals, such research has done more to protect and promote peaceful coexistence with bears than anything else. I know my perception about bears has changed since I started following the daily updates and have spent countless, joy-filled hours watching the adorable antics of our great four-legged compatriots!

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 at 11:28 PM by suebon:

To Peta, yes I really think she doesn't notice the camera in her den. If you'd watched the recordings of her over the last few years, you would agree. She pays zero attention to the camera, other than to occasionally lick the lens. She has no idea it's a camera, just that occasionally something catches her eye and like all bears she tries to lick and taste it. She wears a research collar, and most hunters up there have agreed not to shoot collared bears. Unfortunately, a baiter did shoot and kill her first offspring. Hope refused to wear a collar, and although the baiter knew who she was since she'd been to his bait trap with mom Lily, without a collar she was fair game!

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 2:25 AM by jtsharkeyaf@yahoo.com:

People do your homework before you start lies. This bear has such a following you would not believe. Go www.bear.org and see for yourself.

This is truely a wild animal.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 8:36 AM by junebug:

I think all the entries are extraordinary. I am a Lily follower, but I had a difficult time choosing between the owl and the bear. I Chose the picture of the black bear because my emotional response was the strongest. Photography is about exactly that,by our picture causing a visceral, emotional response, the photographer has accomplished their goal....making derogatory comments means you missed the message.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 4:17 PM by quaily:

Way too much on the bear, though she is lovely. Prize winning nature photos should be looked at for composition, technical quality, use of light, difficulty of getting the shot, the story it tells about the subject. Be fair now! Try being a "neutral" judge. I find "Early Morning" very compelling. It draws me in! "Ice Sheets at Twilight" is striking and must have taken careful planning and patience to get! Boreal Owl is really well composed, has excellent light balance and use of plane of focus and truly tells a story, as does Lilly the bear emerging from her den.

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM by bryane:

I think next year there should be two contests: one that features wildlife and one that doesn't. For my money, Mark Graf's "Ice Sheets at Twilight" is the real winner.

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