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The 2012 Photos of the Year: Round One

Posted by Derek Flack / December 26, 2012

Photo of the Year blogTOAs the year comes to a close, we look back at the best photos from 2012 in our second edition of the photos of the year. Each of the photo of the week winners from 2012 will compete against each other for the grand prize. As is the case with our weekly contests, the photo of the year will be sponsored by Posterjack, and the winners will be decided by by our readers. The following prizes are up for grabs:

  • 1st Place - 36x48 Metal Print ($400 value)
  • 2nd Place - 24x36 Acrylic Print ($200 value)
  • 3rd Place - 16x24 Canvas Print ($100 value)

The contest will take place over four rounds composed of 13 photos, one for each week of the year. The three photos with the most votes from each round will move on to the final round, which will feature 12 photos and ultimately decide the top three photos of the year. The poll will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on December 31st.

For those photographers whose images are featured below, please feel free to give us a little information about your shot -- i.e. where and when it was taken -- in the comments section. Who knows? Maybe your description will sway voters in your favour!

Lead photo by Yedman.

20120106-pod.jpgPhoto by Jonathan Castellino

20120119-pod.jpgPhoto by Saman Aghvami

20120124-pod.jpgPhoto by Metrix X

20120205-pod.jpgPhoto by Oliver Plante

20120208-pod.jpgPhoto by Marty Pinker

20120214-pod.jpgPhoto by Saman Aghvami

20120225-cloudsovertoronto.jpgPhoto by Richard Gottardo

201231-potd.jpgPhoto by Vic Gedris

201234-potd.jpgPhoto by Neil Ta

2012313-potd.jpgPhoto by Syncros

2012322-potd.jpgPhoto by Alejandro Santiago

20120327--pod.jpgPhoto by Sigma



RG / December 26, 2012 at 02:16 pm
That first photo has tremendous poetic depth. Best of the year.
Vic / December 26, 2012 at 03:07 pm
#9 "Broken City" was taken from the Tower Automotive building on Sterling Rd. That place has (or had) some great window details.
BH / December 26, 2012 at 03:36 pm
Haven't voted yet because there are so many good ones. Kudos to the photographers.
The Other Neil / December 26, 2012 at 08:23 pm
Congrats to Yedman, he deserves this round.
Jono / December 26, 2012 at 10:54 pm
Tough decision! Obviously I won't vote for my own shot, so I've gone with Mr. Ta -- made me re-think intersections after I saw it when originally posted. I also like that he was initially 'down' on his own shot.

James Ellis / December 27, 2012 at 02:05 am
Number 1 by far.

The editors knew what they doing listing it first.
Daver / December 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm
#5 confuses me. It seems to be looking West towards M'sauga (with the sun and ladies in the background), but I don't understand the foreground. The buildings on the far side of the water look like the ones along lakeshore in Etobicoke, but the ones in the very front of them look out of place. What buildings are those?
Oliver Plante / December 27, 2012 at 01:34 pm
#5 was taken from the King/Dufferin area (Joe Shuster Way). The foreground is King St West - looking towards Mississauga
Alex / December 28, 2012 at 02:26 am
Anyone knows where #2 was taken?
Paul "Narry" Karn replying to a comment from Alex / December 28, 2012 at 04:31 pm
Down Toronto.
Decorative Art / April 3, 2013 at 09:15 pm
Picture #12 by Alesandro Santiago makes my think of a painting I like: https://www.frenchkissart.com/product_p/hac044.htm
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