*Third Place September:* The giraffe-feeding station at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Jim Messer’s Florida hometown is usually too crowded to manage a good vantage point for a photograph. But with his new tele zoom, the call-center trainer, 37, was able to reach above the crowd to catch this moment. *Tech specs:* Canon EOS 40D with 70–200mm f/2.8L Canon lens. Exposure: 1/160 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100. Image not edited. Jim Messer