Behold, the 2010 Miss Universe Contestants (PHOTOS)

The 2010 Miss Universe Pageant takes place on August 23, and as a special service to our readers, Celebuzz presents a field guide to this year’s contestants, as they appeared in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

As the world prepares to bid a fond farewell to Miss Universe 2009 Stefania Fernandez, click through the photo gallery and acquaint yourself with this year’s contenders. And don’t be afraid to use our ZOOM photo feature … this is pretty much what it was invented for.

Who will you be rooting for at this year’s pageant? Let us know in the comments section.

And make sure to hit up Celebuzz’s Celeb Bikini Safari for even more pictorial examples of two-piece splendor.