2014 Life Photo Contest Results

We’re excited to announce the winners of our latest contest: the 2014 Life Photo Contest!

We once again teamed up with our good friends at SmugMug® and Google® to offer some outstanding prizes! As always the selection process was a long and tough one, with so many amazing images submitted from all around the world. This was the first of our photo contests to be open to the public, and we were excited to see what you could come up with. We received hundreds of impressive submissions, and the contest gallery page can be seen here.

Congratulations to all the entrants – we’re very proud to provide the support tools you use for creating such wonderful art. As before, our judging panel went through round after rigorous round of blind review (images only, no names) of the hundreds of submissions, narrowing the selection down to our handful of finalists.

The Winner of the 2014 Life Photo Contest is:

Mike Mezeul II with “Insignificant”

Mike Mezeul - Insignificant

“Insignificant” by Mike Mezeul II

Wyoming, USA
Nikon D800
Nikon 14-24mm/f2.8
ISO 50
0.6 sec

This image stood out to us with its combination of the raw power of nature brought into scale perspective with humanity. The title certainly gives a great interpretation of this, but there are so many personal feelings to be drawn from this scene and that truly impressed us. For his winning efforts, Mike will be awarded a world-class TVC-33 Versa Carbon-Fiber Tripod Package! Outstanding work Mike!

Our 2nd Place Winner is:

John Glen Weaver with “Sand Dweller”

"Sand Dweller" by John Glen Weaver

“Sand Dweller” by John Glen Weaver

Namib Desert, Namibia
Nikon D4
Nikon 200-400mm/f4G
ISO 640
1/1200 sec

“If you zoom in just above this oryx there’s a skeleton and horns of a dead oryx that didn’t make it to the river for water and died of thrust in the Namib desert. You can see it mummified in the sand. That skeleton juxtaposed with the live oryx does certainly show “life” and the battle between life and death.” – John Glen Weaver

An amazing story of the cycle and endurance of life told by a single image. Congratulations John! His 2nd Place prize is a 1-year membership to SmugMug®, which he can use to build a stunning photography website of his own.

SmugMug® offers ultra-customizable designs, tons of options for commercialization and sharing your beautiful work, and best of all offers amazing service and support 24/7. They truly have something for everyone! You can try SmugMug® with a 14-day free trial here.

It’s truly rewarding to see so many beautiful pieces of art as a part of our contests. Thanks again to Katherine and everyone at SmugMug® for hosting our contest page and for all of your help in making this contest a success!

Our 3rd Place Winner is:

Bill Boswell with “On the Hunt”

"On the Hunt" by Bill Boswell

“On the Hunt” by Bill Boswell

Nikon D700
Nikon 70-200mm/f2.8
ISO 400
1/2000 sec

Sometimes the clarity of an image allows you to focus on it in ways you never thought possible. Bill Boswell’s minimalist look into the life behind a creatures eyes truly brings your attention right where it needs to be to share in the moment. As our 3rd Place winner, Bill will receive his very own copy of the Nik Collection by Google®.

Nik Collection – Advanced editing, simplified. Easily create the photos you’ve imagined with six powerful plug-ins for Photoshop®, Lightroom®, or Aperture®. Make precise edits quickly. Use U Point® technology to selectively edit just the parts of your photos that need touching up without losing time on complex masks and selections. Learn more here.

It’s always tough to narrow such a diverse and talented field down to a select few finalists, and we’re truly proud to have talented people from all over the world share their passionate work with us. Our field, as usual, was narrowed to include three Runners Up in addition to our First, Second and Third Place winners. Each Runner Up will receive either a TQB-80B tripod bag or an MTX Multi-tool. Congratulations to everyone – outstanding images!

Our Runners Up are:

Michael Bandy with “Going Back For More”

"Going Back for More" by Michael Bandy

“Going Back for More” by Michael Bandy

Jerry Black with “Mother and Child”

"Mother and Child" by Jerry Black

“Mother and Child” by Jerry Black

Wayne Kliewer with “The Crossing”

"The Crossing" by Wayne Kliewer

“The Crossing” by Wayne Kliewer

Thank You!

Congratulations to all of our winners, and a sincere thank you to everyone who entered our 2014 Life Photo Contest! We are proud to offer world-class camera support for you to use in your image making endeavors, and are honored that you would share your art with us. We hope you enjoy browsing the amazing collection as much as we do!

Thanks as well to our sponsors – SmugMug® and Google® for providing some fabulous prizes!


  1. Drake Carter says:

    Congratulations to all those who placed or achieved runners up status. And a special congratulations to Mike Mezeul II, for a spectacular photo and a well-deserved first place!

  2. Doug Graham says:

    Mike Mezeul just killed everyone with his spectacular photo. Hats off to the judges for picking THE BEST photo in the group. The photo is a well-deserved first place!

  3. Congratulations to all, and to Mike the 1st place winner. Outstanding photo!!

  4. Robert Ridgeway says:

    Never give up!

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