Photo Challenge Winners | Best Face of 2012

January 17, 2013

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I Heart Faces Photo Challenge Winners | Best Face of 2012

For our first photo challenge of the new year, we asked photographers in our community to share what they felt was their best face photo captured during the year of 2012. And wow! Did you all deliver some amazing images for us to browse through, share and enjoy together!

We are so blessed here at I Heart Faces to have a team of eight amazing photographers who regularly share photography tips, tutorials and ideas for everyone to grow and learn from. We asked our entire Creative Team to work as our special Guest Photographer Judges this month to pick the winning photos for the big “Best of 2012” photo challenge. After narrowing all of the images down, these are the gorgeous photos that our Creative Team chose as their favorites from the bunch.

Our congratulations to all of these inspiring photographers!!

First Place – Laura Fifield Photography

Laura’s image was an overwhelming favorite among our Creative Team.  The raw emotion that she captured made this one an instant winner in our book.  Amazing!
I Heart Faces - Best of 2012 Photo Challenge Winner

Second Place – Felicia Marie Photography

The tousled hair, sticky-out tongue and adorable little baby all made this image stand out.  Loved it!
I Heart Faces - Best of 2012 Photo Challenge Winner

Third Place – Julie Shi Photography

Julie entitled this image “Peace”…and that’s exactly what we felt while viewing it.  Such an incredibly touching portrait to capture and share!
I Heart Faces - Best of 2012 Photo Challenge Winner

Fourth Place – Becca Stanley

Everything in this portrait worked together to create a stunning capture…the blowing hair, gentle downward glance and expression were just beautiful.
I Heart Faces - Best of 2012 Photo Challenge Winner

Fifth Place – Kate T Parker

Such a powerful image…from the gorgeous B&W conversion to the intense stare into the camera.  Fantastic!
I Heart Faces - Best of 2012 Photo Challenge Winner

Sixth Place – Christina McGuire

We loved the whimsy of this photo…the fancy dress, piggy-tails, sucker and silly expression all captured our eye!
I Heart Faces - Best of 2012 Photo Challenge Winner

Seventh Place – Sonomi J Photography

We absolutely loved the rich tones of this portrait and the serene expression of the subject.  Wonderful!
I Heart Faces - Best of 2012 Photo Challenge Winner

Eighth Place – Christy Kirkland Photography

This sweet little baby was bound to make it into our list of winners! The smirk…the scrunched up nose…the adorable baby.  Just precious!
I Heart Faces - Best of 2012 Photo Challenge Winner

Ninth Place – Maureen Petru Photography

We loved the use of white space in this peaceful moment that Maureen captured. Simply perfect!
I Heart Faces - Best of 2012 Photo Challenge Winner

Tenth Place – Jaybird Photography

We can feel the joy that this little one is experiencing during their play time on the swing and love the fun angle.  Great job!
I Heart Faces - Best of 2012 Photo Challenge Winner

Congratulations to all of our winners!!

We are thrilled to be able to feature all of your lovely images as winners of this month’s judged photo challenge! Thank you so much for taking the time to participate and inspire others with your beautiful work.

I Heart Faces Creative Team

Want to learn more about our amazing Creative Team of photographers here at I Heart Faces? Visit our Creative Team page to learn more about each of these photographers and to see the beautiful images that they capture!
I Heart Faces - Creative Team of Photographers

Camera Giveaway

Be sure to check back tomorrow when we feature our “Angie & Amy Favorites” and also reveal the winner of the Nikon 1 J1 Camera Kit Giveaway sponsored by Arlington Camera!  With nearly 9,000 entries we can’t wait to congratulate the big winner of this new camera!!

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessie Gunderson January 21, 2013

Yahooo congrats to my friend Laura for winning 1st place. I love her photo and her heart for photography and birth.

Way to go to all the winner! Great photos everyone!


jen @ Tatertots and Jello January 17, 2013

Amazing pictures. I am blown away by the talent.



Laura Fifield January 17, 2013

Thank you IHF!! I am beyond humbled & honored to have won First Place. There were so many amazing photos entered!


Ashley McKenney January 17, 2013

Absolutely stunning. I am in LOVE Kate T Parker’s image. WOWZA.


christina January 17, 2013

thank you thank you! Made my (and my little cutie pie’s) day 🙂 So many fantastic entries this week…


Jenn January 17, 2013

Hi Becky,
I placed 10th and am about as amateur as it gets! I don’t have a business; I simply have a passion for photography. Hope that encourages you a little. I know how being recognized among such a talented group of pros encouraged me! 🙂


Caroline (Frogmum/TMFH) January 17, 2013

Beautiful winners 😀 ~ I saw Laura’s and just from the thumbnail I picked it as a winner 😀 As a trained midwife I recognise that face in that I’ve seen on so many women’s faces ~ the moment of motherhood! So treasured and SO raw! Stunning!

The other entries are all incredible too ~ each in their own way 😀


lisacng @ January 17, 2013

What great pics! Even if I don’t win, I always learn so much about photography seeing ppl’s photos. Can’t wait to see the favorites and also the winner!


Darlene January 17, 2013

I am so honored that my daughter in law and new grandson were chosen as your 1st place winner. The joy of that moment was still radiating when family came into the room to meet our new little one. I still get teary when I see this pic. Laura you are an amazing birth photographer and special friend. Congratulations.


Becky January 17, 2013

All of those photos are wonderful! I hope sometime we can see an amateur photographer win something…it seems like mostly professionals win these. I understand that…..but it’s nice to see some photos that aren’t processed and overdone too.


Jai Catalano January 17, 2013

Congrats to all the winners. Whether you know it or not you and your work is inspirational and you should NEVER think differently.



Life with Kaishon January 17, 2013

These pictures are so beautiful! Congratulations to all of the winners. There were some amazing entries this week : ) Thank you to all of the judges and contributors to I heart faces. You make this a great place on the internet! Love, Becky


Jenn Sawtelle January 17, 2013

Congrats to all of the winners! The entries were FANTASTIC and I could not agree more with the judges’ choices. Each one is simply breathtaking in its own way.


Felicia K. January 17, 2013

Thank you so much for picking mine as #2 I am so honored!


Amandalynn Jones January 17, 2013

Congrats to all the winners, I had a wonderful time reviewing all of the entries – what a talented and creative community we have!


Rikki Hatfield January 17, 2013

Congratulations to all of the winners! This was my first contest and I enjoyed looking at all of the stunning pictures that captured so many precious moments.


Kristen January 17, 2013

Such beautiful captures – love them all!
That baby makes me smile, instantly. What a precious little bean!


Jenn I January 17, 2013

Oh my gosh! I am so excited to have been chosen out of all the AMAZING images that were posted! Okay, maybe humbled is a better word…no, no, EXCITED definitely describes how I feel! 🙂

Thank you so much IHF!! This is a great boost for me as a budding portrait photographer. I couldn’t be more thrilled! And well done to the other winners…my goodness, y’all are a talented bunch!


Heather Rodriguez January 17, 2013

Outstanding! Congratulations everyone! Well earned.


Amy January 17, 2013

Wow! So many gorgeous photos. Congrats everyone!!!


Dana Suggs January 17, 2013

I LOVED going through ALL of the photos! Such amazing talent and emotion in them! I am SO happy we had so many entries!

I LOVED all of the winners! Great job!


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