Photo contest judging!
What a pleasure it was for me to sit aside, see their faces and hear their exclamations of wonder and disbelief at the quality of the finalists. It felt very good to see my efforts -- evaluating more than 1,200 entries -- result in their deliberations... and some judges really hemmed and hawed about which photos deserved to earn prizes.
The 2008 winning images will appear in the September/October 2008 issue, available in late July to subscribers.
This is the 2007 grand-prize winner: Great Horned Owls by James F. Cowell of Milwaukee, Wis. He received a Canon EOS 40D as the grand prize.