(HONORABLE MENTION) Kendra Nelson, who captured this image, noted that she was "inspired by this man's determination to do what he loves, despite the obvious restrictions his body has tried to place on his love for fishing and the outdoors." And she's not alone. This truly impactful image has been seen by almost 300,000 people on Facebook and has been widely shared on Twitter, Reddit and so on. While this image lacks the technical quality of the others, it more than makes up for it with substance.
We received many wonderful submissions this year from photographers that share a love of fly fishing. Unfortunately, we're only able to award a few of those with prizes. However, thanks to our generous sponsors -- Thomas & Thomas, Montana Fly Company, Maui Jim Sunglasses and Airflo -- we're able to award those few with some very nice ones. For prize info, you can view the original contest page.
It is our privilege to host these contests, the primary goal of which is to help aggregate and showcase the amazing photographic talent that -- as we've noted many times before -- seems to disproportionately coalesce in the sport of fly fishing. In the gallery below, the top ten images from this year's contests are showcased, plus one image that received an honorable mention for what will be obvious reasons.
Many thanks to all who entered, our sponsors and our judges (photographer Earl Harper, accomplished author/writer Erin Block, photographer Matt Jones, artist Paul Puckett, guide/revered spey casting instructor Tom Larimer, Thomas & Thomas communications manager John Carpenter, our assistant editor George Costa and myself).
We're already looking forward to another great contest next year, with even better rewards for the winning entries. Entry time for 2014 will be here before you know it.
Winners, please use our contact form to forward along all relevant contact info.