Share Your Favorite Photo of 2019

Share Your Favorite Photo of 2019

A new decade is only days away, so it's time to celebrate the creativity of the past and get ready for the future by sharing your favorite photo of 2019. 

2020 always seemed like a date from science fiction novels to me, and here we are about to be living in it. No flying cars, unfortunately, but we have had advances in image making and editing that have made the photographic arts more accessible and varied than ever before. As a result, the definition of what makes a photograph, or a photographer, has become increasingly blurry around the edges. Personally, I'm a big fan of the changes, because it's opened up worlds of creativity. What I have to ask myself now is: What will the next ten years look like? What changes can we expect to see, what new obstacles will we have to navigate, what opportunities will arise for us to take advantage of? As we get ready to head into this new decade, this is a great time to look back and the awesome stuff we've created and consider what the next ten years might hold for photography.

To that end, I put out the word on Facebook and asked Fstoppers community members to show me their favorite photograph of 2019, and I want you to do the same. It doesn't have to be your best technical image, or your highest paid image, though it's certainly fine if that's the case! Sometimes it's a favorite because it captured a special moment, or the instant you learned something that will forever change how you work, or the shot you've been trying to pull off for months.

This is a personal favorite of mine from 2019. I love the image itself, but it's also my favorite for another reason. In a way, it's a symbol of where my photography is headed now that I have a dedicated space to work in. It's also the culmination of finally having the time and the focus to get creative after having kiddos in the house for 16 years. I know more about who I am and what I want as an artist, and I've finally arrived at a time when I have both the skill, the equipment, and the time to create it. For me, 2020 will be the start of a new era in my personal work, and I'm incredibly excited to see what it brings.

Model Jason Klein with props by Gryndel Ghoulderson

What about you? What was your favorite creation of 2019, and does the new decade represent a change in direction for you, or maybe just the hope of new beginnings and bigger and better things to come? Share your photo in the comments and let the community, and the world, know what you've got in store for us in the new decade! Let's end 2019 with a photographic bang and inspire one another to new heights for the new year. 

To motivate you, I asked Fstoppers community members to share some of their favorite photos of 2019. Join the fun!

Lead image shared with permission of Kate Woodman

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Daniel Medley's picture

This is probably my favorite shot taken this year. Ironically it was taken just last weekend. The reason it's a favorite for me is that it's a culmination of several things that I've been working on for some time; a different approach to lighting, a different approach to direction and interacting with models, and a different approach to post production.

Deleted Account's picture

I like how the dark background seems impervious to light. And, also the motion of her hair... neat arc. :)

Luis Calm's picture

One of my personal projects i did in Barcelona. Can't wait for the next ones

Perry Harrington's picture

I have several pictures I took this year that I really like. None of them were really technically challenging, but they struck a chord with me. This is one of them.

Bryan Mitchell's picture

This is a favorite of mine from this year. Fall colors along the Two Hearted River in the upper peninsula (UP) of Michigan. Its not perfect, which is fine. It makes me feel calm and takes me back there. Every year I spend 2 weeks in the UP camping, exploring and photographing fall color in October. This year my teenage daughter went with me, she is a senior in HS so it was a special trip. She shot a similar photo and I like hers better, oh, and I almost fell in looking for a spot to shoot through the think brush.

Matt Coppage's picture

This has been a good year for me photographically. Took a lot of keepers, but lighthouse shots turned out to be my favorites. Looking forward to an even better 2020!

Nicole York's picture

I can only guess at the peace of standing in this spot. I know just what that sand feels like on bare feet.

Matt Coppage's picture

It was very relaxing and peaceful

Patrick Meulnet's picture

Street photography, cheerful young lady, a participant of 2019 Surin Candle Parade. Not so often I get such a nice smile when taking pictures in the street!

william sheehy's picture

Were suffering from total image overload.

Mike Smith's picture

My favourite photo I took myself is also just a studio portrait of a local musician. She hasn't shared any of the photos yet because her album hasn't been released. But it was a headshot of her purposely messy hair. My favourite shot by someone else is October rain by Marc Wells, I just love it's quirkiness. In fact it matches the song title of my musician friends new album so I suggested the concept to her (without the nakedness)

Jordan McChesney's picture

Having a young daughter means that this year simultaneously went by lightning fast while also managing to feel like January was hundred years ago. Going back through some of the photos I took this year, I can't believe how many of my favorites were taken in just the last calendar year. I feel like I haven't gotten out as much as I had in previous years, but the quality of my work has definitely gone up. I know this might come across as narcissistic, but it's hard to choose just one "favorite". However, if I had to choose one, I guess I'd go with this one, because it took me months to finally get, and 3 failed trips before the weather finally played nice.

Musing Eye's picture

This was definitely the image of 2019 for me, as I explore more into fantastical composite / digital art space. Still exploring and figuring things out. Also this was the first piece of mine accepted into an exhibition, which I'm pretty thrilled about.

Deleted Account's picture

Congratulations on the exhibition!

How did you get the hair moving?

Musing Eye's picture

It's a straight-on portrait with Ali's beautiful curly hair, composited with a mess of hair flips.

Deleted Account's picture

That's amazing. I was looking and thinking... no outward signs of a fan on her face, but the sense of motion is still there. Thank you for the behind-the-magic reveal.:)

Nicole York's picture

Congratulations! Here eyes are really something!

Deleted Account's picture

My first frozen waterfall in Jan 2019. Worth every slippery moment of the icy climb. :)

vegaroyfoss's picture

This is probably my favorite of the year. Taken in Lviv, The Ukraine in October

Nicole York's picture

I always love shots where the light is just "kissing" the subject.

wesjones's picture

This pretty much sums up my 2019.

Nicole York's picture

Aaaaaaaack! So creepy, haha! Well done.

Francis Osei-Owusu's picture

Yacoba-Model living with autism


I was in the markets testing a beautiful 50mm vintage super takumar lens and got this I love the colours and depth of field and was very luck y to have it !

Robert Montgomery's picture

Takumar's are among the best . Have Tak's for my Pentax 6X7. The Takumar 6X7 165mm 1:2.8 LS is my go portrait lens. Added bonus it is even radioactive . Lol.

Compelling Imaging's picture

I have really enjoyed chasing fog in forests this year!

Nicole York's picture

Oh man, I would have loved to be there. Makes me think of my home state.

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