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The 2012 Photos of the Year: Final Round

Posted by Derek Flack / February 18, 2013

Toronto FogOver the last few weeks, our photo of the week winners from 2012 have competed against each other for inclusion in the final round of voting, which will ultimately determine the photo of the year. The top three photos from each previous round are collected below for readers to vote on. Unlike last year, however, the ultimate on the top three photos will be made by blogTO's editors. We will, of course, rely heavily (if not completely) on the reader vote, but feel it necessary to reserve the right to make the final decision lest this contest become more about social media savvy than the photographs themselves.

As is the case with our weekly contests, the photos of the year are sponsored by Posterjack. Here are the prizes that the winners will be eligible for:

Following the publication of this post, voting will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday night (February 22, 2013).

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 Alejandro Santiago.

Toronto HomelessPhoto by Yedman

Toronto SkylinePhoto by Vic Gedris

Toronto SkylinePhoto by Empty Quarter

Toronto fogPhoto by James Gonneau

Milky WayPhoto by Jim U

Light StreaksPhoto by MrEllis

CN Tower LightningPhoto by jonathan.mastrella

TTC StreetcarPhoto by Michael Mitchener

Toronto FogPhoto by Neil Ta

King Edward Hotel TorontoPhoto by Jefferson Photography

Toronto SkylinePhoto by micho.ho


We will announce the winners of the 2012 photos of the year contest on March 15th in our photos of the week post.



The Other Neil / February 18, 2013 at 09:46 am
Good luck to everyone. We're competing for second place this year though - congrats Yedman, beautiful capture!!!
boofus / February 18, 2013 at 11:02 am
How did a photoshopped pic (#6) make it to the final?
THEGLORY / February 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm
PURPRIBB / February 18, 2013 at 01:17 pm
StopitSlime / February 18, 2013 at 01:24 pm
The photographer known as Mr Elis is cheating by begging people to vote for his sh1tty photo. Therefore he should be disqualified by default

Relmar Boys / February 18, 2013 at 01:40 pm
Wow, Tilt-Shi*t effect
This is better than photoshop, breh.
Ron replying to a comment from boofus / February 18, 2013 at 01:46 pm
I agree, it shouldn't be a creative Photoshop contest. But it was pretty hotly debated at the time, and the consensus is that Blog TO doesn't care if the pictures re real or fake as long as the generate attention.

StopSnitching replying to a comment from StopitSlime / February 18, 2013 at 01:47 pm
Well what do we have here.
Ron replying to a comment from StopitSlime / February 18, 2013 at 01:47 pm
How is it cheating to ask your friends to support you? Blog TO isn't doing this for charity, it's about generating more traffic to their site, and encouraging friends to drop in and vote exposes the site to them. I don't see anything wrong with it.
A concerned citizen / February 18, 2013 at 02:59 pm
Hello. I have very bad news. The photographer known as Mr Ellis is going around the Internet asking people to vote and offering money via pay pal to whoever votes for him. He's haggling me and all my friends on Facebook and also offering gay sex...
Photoboy replying to a comment from A concerned citizen / February 18, 2013 at 03:00 pm
Yes this is very true
lol / February 18, 2013 at 03:21 pm
Mr Ellis offered to take me sledding if i voted for him!
gerard wah / February 18, 2013 at 03:22 pm
I just wanted to say to the photographer that distant storm is a pretty special shot... but, is a little washed out, technically, for me... so, unfortunately, it didn't get my vote.
HB / February 18, 2013 at 03:23 pm
bill / February 18, 2013 at 03:28 pm
mr ellan told me he be really really nice to me if i give him votes?
CHA1N$ / February 18, 2013 at 03:36 pm
i have very bad news bill is a impostor he is actually jim ellas ? mmm
Bill replying to a comment from CHA1N$ / February 18, 2013 at 03:39 pm
dear cha1n%,

this is there real bill not james ellis i swear. James ellis is really cool though and James Ellis is pic ##7 so vote for james Ellis and maybe I will take your picture for you!!

Bill replying to a comment from Bill / February 18, 2013 at 03:40 pm
i meant maybe Jeames Ellis will take your picture**
CH4iNZap replying to a comment from Bill / February 18, 2013 at 03:41 pm
everyone bill is lying
Joke / February 18, 2013 at 03:52 pm
so it's safe to say this whole "contest" is a joke right?
vader / February 18, 2013 at 05:27 pm
Anyone could have shot that one from up in the CN tower. No skill, technique or originality at all. And the photo itself is mediocre.
James Ellis replying to a comment from Joke / February 18, 2013 at 05:49 pm
Yes, I rigged it. The jig is up. I apologize and withdraw myself form the competition.
James / February 18, 2013 at 06:19 pm
Im not the only one asking for votes and im not forcing anyone to vote for me. Can we chill with the fake outrage, People support me out of their own free will.


Neil Ta / February 18, 2013 at 06:21 pm
Throw this nigga in the bushes.
The Other Neil replying to a comment from Neil Ta / February 18, 2013 at 06:36 pm
That totally wasn't me btw. I find the thread on Coli really entertaining actually. It's a must read.

I haven't asked for votes outside of my FB...but whatever. Fair is fair.
The Real Neil / February 18, 2013 at 09:21 pm
And my twitter. I run this city yo!
NeilCaCa / February 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm
yo where my rooftopping peeps at
Kat / February 18, 2013 at 10:20 pm
I want all these photos to hang on my walls.
James Ellis Father / February 18, 2013 at 10:47 pm
This fool Mr Ellis/James Ellis is a cheater and a liar. He thinks he has the right, the audacity, the cheek, the rasclaat to say that people voted for him with their free will but he gives out negative reputation points to posters who feel that his picture is obviously NOT the best,calls them homophobic slurs, calls them "bitches" and "demons", and is overall a very poor human being. In general, he is a wasteman.
HBOUTCHEA / February 18, 2013 at 11:18 pm
Mr.Ellis promised me a box logo.
The Real Real Neil / February 19, 2013 at 12:04 am
Guys, give up, I'm gonna win this whole thing because BlogTo loves me so much no matter who gets voted, they will pick me
Soul Rize replying to a comment from THEGLORY / February 19, 2013 at 02:51 am
Jono / February 19, 2013 at 09:20 am
I read "Mr.Ellis promised me a box logo." as "...box of Lego", and I got all excited...

Jefferson Photography / February 19, 2013 at 09:57 am
Thanks blogTO for the opportunity to make it here and everyone for the votes. Gotta hand it to Yedman and Neil though, you two have my top two favourite photos!
Good luck everyone =)
The Fake Neil / February 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm
How many Neils are on here??
The Real Fake Neil / February 19, 2013 at 02:16 pm
Way too many Neils for my liking.
Aaron / February 19, 2013 at 04:56 pm
All of the Neils, real and fake, offered me a Harvard Crew Job for my vote, which is like a Dutch Rudder but with more people. Row, row, row my boat!
The Other Real Neil / February 19, 2013 at 05:11 pm
Hey guys, I just realized Yedman's photo is actually taken in 2011 and Mr. Ellis' photo is taken in 2010? Isn't this Photo of the year 2012? This can't be happening! They shouldn't be allowed to win! What do, what do, WHAT DO???? :( :( :( :(
Neil / February 19, 2013 at 08:03 pm
I hope James Ellis wins so that every single person who meets him can find out that he's a vogue contributor AND won picture of the year!!!!!!!
Todd / February 21, 2013 at 03:11 pm
You've really opened yourself up to an entirely new kind of contest with the inclusion of the CN Tower layered over top of an image of the Milky Way.

That's not a photo --- it's art comprised of two images.

Digital compositions --- a final image composed of more than one photo --- should either not be included or have their own category.

The Milky Way image would have been photographed far, far away from the GTA (astrophotgraphy is a hobby of mine and no where within 90 minutes of the GTA can you take an image like that due to the extensive light pollution).

It's a fake photo and should be removed from the competition.

Or else declare that this is an art/Photoshop contest and have it be a free-for-all of photo composites.
Todd / February 21, 2013 at 03:20 pm
I should also add that the city foreground pic was taken facing west. The Milky Way pic was taken facing south.

Sad that this was included in your finals.
I Agree replying to a comment from Todd / February 21, 2013 at 03:23 pm
I agree with Todd and the other poster above. #2 (Yedman), #6 (Jim U) and #7 (Mr Ellis) should not be in the finals. #2 and #7 are both taken in the wrong year (2011 and 2010 respectively) and #6 is digitally edited to the max. Why are you guys failing to address these issue?
William replying to a comment from I Agree / February 21, 2013 at 05:40 pm
Photos are picked by the blogTO staff each day for photo of the day. Then they ask people to vote for photo of the week. Then BlogTO is having people vote for photo of the year from all them submissions. Does it say somewhere that when you post your photo in BlogTO group daily that the image must be taken on that day?

Mr. I agree you sound like your one of the photographers that is losing and wants to try to get there photo's removed.
Ian / February 25, 2013 at 07:26 am
What does blogto have against vertical shots?
Brian replying to a comment from Ian / February 28, 2013 at 03:07 pm
blogTO's layout doesn't fit well with vertical shots, so we are asked to shoot landscape.
alan / February 28, 2013 at 03:27 pm
sometime in the past blogTO did publish a portrait POTD...
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