Calling the judging in this year's photo contest difficult would be putting it mildly. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Orvis, Smith Optics, Cheeky Fly Fishing and Scientific Anglers, this year's contest attracted the most entries we've ever received and also some of the best. Poring over it all and choosing favorites was no easy task for the judges. All told, 65 different photos received votes from our dozen judges, almost all of which you'll see showcased here. When it was all said and done, it seems that the judges -- a group predominated by professional photographers -- were most moved by their heart strings for the second year in a row.
The biggest takeaway each year is the opportunity we get to showcase the stunning fly fishing photography that professionals and amateurs alike are capturing when on the water, using everything from high-end DSLRs to point and shoots and their smartphones. The scenes that each photographer chooses to capture gives the rest of us a glimpse into how they see the sport, into the imagery and moments that move them when on the water.
This year's winners will build their own outfit/prize packs that includes their choice of models of the following:
Grand Prize: Orvis Helios 2 fly rod + Cheeky Fly Fishing reel + Scientific Anglers SharkWave fly line + Smith Optics' ChromaPop sunglasses
First Prize: Cheeky Fly Fishing reel + Scientific Anglers SharkWave fly line + Smith Optics' ChromaPop sunglasses
Second Prize: Scientific Anglers SharkWave fly line + Smith Optics' ChromaPop sunglasses
Third Prize: Scientific Anglers SharkWave fly line
In addition to offering our sponsors another round of gratitude, we'd also like to thank our judges: Earl Harper (photographer, Harper Studios), Bryan Gregson (photographer, Bryan Gregson Photography), Mark Lance (photographer, Riverlight Images), Copi Vojta (photographer + photo editor, The Fly Fish Journal), Arian Stevens (photographer, Arian Stevens Photography), Jess McGlothlin (author/photographer, Fire Girl Photography), Tom Sadler (author, Executive Director OWAA), Chris Hunt (author, National Communications Director Trout Unlimited), Scott Hunter (founder/owner, Vedavoo), George Costa (Assistant Editor, Hatch Magazine).
We look forward to next year's contest with great anticipation. See you all May 1, 2015. Now on with the results ...
Photos receiving votes but not pictured (highest score last): Boise River Steelhead, Hebridean Silver, Happy Hour, Fishing Buddy, If You Catch You Should Release, Silver and Blue, Keep 'em Wet, Low Tide in the Salt Marsh, Two Worlds, No Fly Zone, Blooper Reel, A Change of Clothes, Suburban is Spanish, A Hard Days Work, Brown Jumping for a Drake, Chase Your Dragon, Dedicated.