Win a Premium Fstoppers Tutorial by Helping to Pick Our Photographer of the Year [NSFW]

Want to start the new year with a free tutorial from Fstoppers? All you have to do is help us choose our Photographer of the Year! 

In 2020, we featured a photographer from our community each month, and now, we need you to help us choose the Photographer of the Year! To be entered to win a free Fstoppers tutorial, you simply need to choose your favorite photographer from the list here, vote in the poll at the bottom, and comment with what Fstoppers tutorial you would love to win and why! Be sure to both vote and comment to be entered. Voting closes January 8 at 11:59 P.M. EST.

Note: there is some nudity in the images below.

January: Mustafa Öztürk

February: Hananiah Aldrich

March: Mikkel Beiter

April: Hugo Valle

May: Teodora Dimitrova

June: Irina Jomir

July: Hanaa Turkistani

August: Emily Moore

September: Michele Buttazzoni

October: Kevin Morefield

November: Skyler Ewing

December: Danijel Turnšek

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Photographer of the Month Awards for 2021

Beginning in January, we'll be selecting a photographer of the month. Each month, we'll cull the best of the most recent photos in the community and select our favorite, featuring that photographer's work. At the end of the year, we'll select an overall winner from the 12 monthly winners, who will win a tutorial of their choice from the Fstoppers store. To qualify each month, you simply must have uploaded an image to your portfolio in the past 30 days.​ So, get out there, post some photos, and check out the work of the talented Fstoppers community! We're pleased to have you here.

Lead image by Pok Rie, used under Creative Commons.

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93 Comments

Miles W's picture

That was a tough choice this year, there are some phenomenal photographers here.

I've taken the last couple of years away from actually getting out and shooting consistently as work and school have been very time consuming. While work isn't getting better, at nearly 40 years old, I finally finished my bachelor's degree in December. I don't make new years resolutions but I'm committing myself back to passion with photography and to help restart my journey, I'd benefit from Photographing the World 1. Thank you and happy new year!

Brandon Davis's picture

This year the contestants are all so strong! Thanks for providing a new list of inspirations.

If chosen, I'd love Perfecting the Headshot With Peter Hurley.

El Dooderino's picture

Help!

The "Vote" button isn't working for me!

So many really strong candidates! As a "noob", I think I would like to win "Photographing the World 1" because I love to travel (and of course, take photographs when I do!), and then I could work my way up to the more advanced lessons!

Craig Jeffries's picture

It looked like the vote button wasn't appearing for me either. I use Firefox as a browser. I found that where it has the word Vote underlined at the bottom, even though the cursor doesn't change, if I double-clicked on it, it would vote.

El Dooderino's picture

I use Firefox as well. A dot appears next to my choice when I select them, and I have the underlined "Vote" button, but the cursor doesn't change when I hover over it as well, and if I click on it anyway, nothing happens. So frustrating! I really want to vote!

Craig Jeffries's picture

Have you tried double-clicking? That's what worked for me. A single click didn't work.

El Dooderino's picture

Yes. All double clicking did was to highlight the word. :-/

Balachandra Jois's picture

Had a disappointing 2020 with respect to photography. I really want to get out and shoot landscapes. Have seen Photographing the World 1 and Photographing the World 2 and hence would like to have Photographing the World 3/4

Gabriel Levy's picture

You have a strong field this year, I really like Irina's photos though. In particular the one with the two angels seem to be one that I remember from all of your other photos of this year. They're all great

Hector Reyes's picture

All are deserving. I voted for Irina Jomir. Irina's images have a striking simplicity to them and are perfectly executed. I've seen them on several platforms but always seem to stop scrolling when I see them.

If chosen, I'd like Clay Cook's tutorial. His work is great and that type of work is close to what I do.

Thank you for ramping up content this year. We really needed it.

All the best to what Fstoppers team in 2021.

Elio Rivero's picture

All great photographers, good luck to each one of them.
I'd like the Photographing the World 1 tutorial, because I love to make landscape photos and would love to learn the techniques from Elia Locardi.

Jeff Olson's picture

I would choose "Photographing the World 4 Advanced Landscapes With Elia Locardi" because I enjoy shooting landscapes but I want to learn more and get better at landscapes.

Gabriel Amaral's picture

Photographing the World 4

Becca Lister's picture

Wow tough choice! Amazing photos from them all.
I’d love Mike Kelly’s ‘Where Art Meets Architecture Part 1’ tutorial.

Nick Vill's picture

Outstanding work from all of them! Thank you for the inspiration!

As for the tutorial I would like to watch "How To Become A Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer". I love photography but it is just a hobby for me now. However, wedding photography is just the type of occasional job I could do in addition to my main occupation. Good Luck to everyone!

Mike Robinson's picture

I'd enjoy the latest Photographing got world tutorial.
It was tough to make a choice among the fine entries this year.

Julian Ray's picture

Harder to choose this year as there are so many gifted and talented people on your list.

My photography work takes me all over the world, yes even this year, and though my business is growing I really want to better understand and take control of business side of it.
Making Real Money The Business of Commercial Photography With Monte Isom would really help with my growth in this crazy business.

Thanks Fstoppers team for another great year of thought provoking, entertaining, and inspiring content.
All the best in the new year! May 2021 be the best one yet!!

heikoknoll's picture

I voted for Hugo Valle because of the diversity in the motives he has taken. I like it when photographers don´t pertain a certain "look" throughout every image they create. I am a big fan of architectural photography and have done some myself, so to improve on my skills I would choose "Where Art meets Architecture Part 2" with MIke Kelley.

Neil Seville's picture

Hi, I had to go through the pictures so many times because they were excellent. I have taken photographs to use as a sketch to paint with later, but it was hit or miss how photographs turned out, this year I want to spend some time to increase the quality of my photographs in their own entirety. I would love to win the Photographing the World 1. If successful, thanks Neil

Jeffery Choi's picture

It’s so hard to pick. I already purchased a Mike Kelley tutorial and while I’d love “The Art Behind the Headshot”, I think I’d have to lean towards “Introduction to Video”, I don’t have a clue what I’m doing when it comes to video...

Thanks Fstoppers!

Joe Nadeau's picture

The Clay Cook is a great all around course that would be a great way to enhance the way I want to approach the Senior market locally.

Dan McCloud's picture

Competition was fierce this year. A guy could really start to feel inferior here. If I win, I would select Photographing the World 4. I have 1-3 and would like to round out the set.

Arne Gulstene's picture

After years of working hard at my work which isn't photography - I'm finding my way back and I'd love to benefit from Perfecting the Headshot With Peter Hurley

Michael Esquivel's picture

Difficult choice but Hugo Valle was my favorite. I enjoy travel and landscape photography and would love to take Photographing the World 1.

kevin hoehne's picture

Lots of great photographers to pick from.

I chosen, i would like Joey Wrights Tutorial.

eric piskura's picture

Hard choice. Every photographer's work is sumptuous and thrilling. If chosen I'd be happy to check out The Fundamentals of Fashion Photography with Shavonne Wong. Happy New Year!

Marc Zelek's picture

Some amazing photgraphers this year.

Would love Photographing the World

Bryon Wiley's picture

Fashion and Editorial Photography

Would love to learn more about this style of photography.

Jon G's picture

Some tough competition!

My preferred tutorial would be “Making Real Money” with Monte Isom. I’m pursuing commercial photography, and this could prove useful and relevant to me.

David Serrano's picture

My favorite is Hugo Valle.
I'd like to take Introduction to Adobe Lightroom

Semih Guzey's picture

Mustafa Öztürk fascinating <3

Jasmine Tam's picture

Never voted before, but I can only assume it gets harder to pick a favourite as the years go by. Incredible images this year. If selected, I'd like to learn "The Hero Shot". Thanks!

Mihai Petrache's picture

Great Photographers. It is really hard to choose one but I will choose someone close to my style. Good Luck!

Kyriacos Sakkas's picture

Any of the photographing the world series.

Justin Cox's picture

All had such awesome work. So hard to choose.

Dave McDermott's picture

I love the creative lighting and story telling of Emily Moore's work.

I think the “Making Real Money" tutorial would be the most useful to me going forward.

Javier González's picture

incredible work of all, very difficult choice. I would like to receive the tutorial of photographing the world 2

Pedro Belo's picture

It was hard to choose. The tutorial I would like to win it is Photographing the World 4
Advanced Landscapes

Axel Joseph's picture

I've always loved painting-esque portraits, I pick Irina Jomir. If I become the lucky winner, I'd choose "Perfecting The Headshot". Due to social distancing, I've only been able to take photos of myself, mostly half-body/headshots. It'd definitely teach me a lot of things I've yet to know and help me get better. Also, the thing costs as much as a year's allowance hahaha. That's a lot of money to save.

My photos are on Instagram @substygram

Richard King's picture

I'm going to sling a general comment in

Its about time every video on the site had proper captions. Lead the way on inclusivity

Joseph Webb's picture

Amazing photos.

Tod ODriscoll's picture

A really hard decision, as there are so many very talented photographers. I could really use “Making Real Money - The Business of Commercial Photography”, as I need to improve my business skills, and this tutorial looks excellent! Thanks for this opportunity!

Deleted Account's picture

If I won, I would choose the Mastering Macro Photography tutorial. I've been digitally photographing nature for the last 20 years and can always use more macro knowledge.

Brock Heilman's picture

I don't know why it says my comment is from a deleted account. I'll try this again.

If I won, I would choose the Mastering Macro Photography tutorial. I've been digitally photographing nature for the last 20 years and can always use more macro knowledge.

Stephen Fisher's picture

Awesome photographer! Photographing the World 1 please...

Janina Pepe's picture

I voted - hard to choose from all the talent.
I would like to reconnect with people in person and through photography, so my choice would be

https://fstoppers.com/product/peter-hurley-art-behind-headshot

The Art Behind the Headshot by Peter Hurley

Traci Beattie's picture

All amazing photographers with stunning pieces of work, however I voted for Mustafa Ozturk. I love the light ethereal feeling of his work and would love to be able to take comparable macro images, therefor I would choose the Mastering Macro tutorial.

Tom Arana-Wolfe's picture

All of the contenders were amazing in their own way. Every time I saw my favorite, one scroll down made me have to reevaluate my previous choice

The reason that I would love to win the Fstoppers tutorial is twofold. The first is that I am looking to retire from my career and continue learning more about photography as a way to help keep my brain young and hopefully get good enough to offer my growing skills to nonprofit organizations that could use them to increase their online presence.

The second reason is that I want to make create amazing images of my five year old daughter. These will not only be lovely to view in the future, but it will make wonderful memories for me to look back upon as she grows and ventures out into the world on her own.

The course that I would love to take to achieve the above is "Perfecting the Headshot."

El Dooderino's picture

Um...why can't I vote?? I select a photographer, but the "Vote" button doesn't work. The "Crowdsignal.com" button does, but that's no help.

Dan Grayum's picture

I voted for Michele Buttazzoni with their breathtaking landscapes...

I would love to win the Hero Shot tutorial. I am making a shift in my life and i really want to break in to Product Photography and this tutorial would be very beneficial

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