As New York's premiere surf photography contest, the "Yo Shot Challenge" is proud to announce photographer Mike Nelson as the 2013 Champion. TJ Gumiela, pictured in the winning shot, joins Nelson in the winner's circle with Nelson taking home $1,500 of the cash prize and Gumiela $500.
During the 3 month fall surf season we had over 110 registered photographers, 320 entries and 2 rounds of voting, which ultimately narrowed it down to 12 finalists. With one of the slowest years to date as far as waves go, the contest forced all the photographers to really hunt down their moments. A lot of the swells were either too small or had only short windows of opportunity. Each swell saw new uploaded photos , and the competition grew more and more competitive as the days and weeks went on. It was 100% up to the public vote from start to finish.
Round one and the first week alone of voting saw 8,500 individual votes ranging from New York and every state on the Eastern seaboard, to Colorado, California, Puerto Rico, Canada, the UK, Costa Rica, Greece, India, Australia, France, Panama, Spain, Argentina, Sweden, Ireland, Brazil and Mexico. Round two swept the 12 finalists into a seesaw battle of votes, with Mike Nelson and TJ Gumiela edging out the field. The New York surf community embraced this challenge. With every photo telling its own story, the contest encouraged more people to get in the water and created many memorable sessions.

Be sure to check out our video recap of the Yo Shot Challenge with a few words from winning photog Mike Nelson himself!

CONTEST FINALISTS:
Mike Nelson
James Katsipis
Matt Clark
James Parascandola
Josh Goetz
Gerard A. Pallotta

NYSEA:
Video - Thomas Brookins
Design - Frankie Principe
Web - John Jensen & Justin D'Ottavio

Thanks to all the contributing Photographers,Voters and Surfers !

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