2013 Face Of The Year Nominees

Below are the finalists we’ve selected for Face Of The Year, please review them and then vote for your favorite at the bottom of the page.


1) Edie Windsor At SCOTUS (Mar 27):

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On California's Prop 8 And Defense Of Marriage Act

Edith Windsor, 83, acknowledges her supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case ‘Edith Schlain Windsor, in Her Capacity as Executor of the Estate of Thea Clara Spyer, Petitioner v. United States,’ which challenges the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the second case about same-sex marriage this week. By Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.


2) Bombing Victim First Pitch (May 29):

Jeff Bauman Throws First Pitch At Fenway Park

The Philadelphia Phillies visited the Boston Red Sox in a regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway Park on the evening of May 28, 2013. Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman threw out a ceremonial first pitch. By Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images.


3) Trayvon-Zimmerman (Jul 16):


Zimmerman and Martin with the races changed, from the Tumblr “While Seated” by Michael David Murphy.


4) Rouhani with Mics (Jun 17):


Iranian president-elect Hassan Rowhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran on June 17, 2013. Rowhani expressed hope that Iran can reach a new agreement with major powers over its disputed nuclear program, saying a deal should be reached through more transparency and mutual trust. By Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images.


5) Rescue Beagle Smelling Flowers (Jun 24):


The caption from Redditor irr1449:

Jerry (rescued from kill shelter) loves to smell flowers



6) Syrian Father with Injured Child (Sep 5):


A man carries a wounded child after a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held northwestern Syrian province of Idlib on September 5, 2013. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog said Syrian war planes bombed rebel held areas in Idlib, Aleppo, Hama and Lattakia. By Abu Amar Al-Taftanaz/AFP/Getty Images.


7) Pope Selfie (Sep 8):



8) Boehner in the Background (Oct 16):


Speaker of the House John Boehner walks with Capitol Police to a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill on October 16, 2013. House Republicans are meeting after Senate Democrat and Republican leadership agreed on a compromise to reopen the US federal government funding it to mid January address the debt limit till early February. By Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images.


9) Dog with Veteran Amputee (Nov 11):

Hundreds Of Thousands Participate In Veterans Day Parade In NYC

A dog snuggles up to a woman with a prosthetic leg while waiting to march in the Veteran’s Day Parade in New York City on November 11, 2013. The parade included members of all four branches of the military, as well as members of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), New York Police Department (NYPD) and veterans from all major conflicts that the United States has been involved with since World War II. By Andrew Burton/Getty Images.


10) Crying Philippine Man (Nov 12):

Relief Efforts Continue After Typhoon Haiyan's Destruction

A man sits crying on a packed C130 aircraft after he and hundreds of other victims of super Typhoon Haiyan are evacuated from the area in Tacloban, Philippines on November 12, 2013. Four days after the typhoon devastated the region, many are without food or power and most lost their homes. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. By Paula Bronstein/Getty Images.

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Afro Graffiti (Mar 16):

Graffiti by Nuxuno Xän, in Fort De France, Martinique. Photo by Rosali Rodrigues via Street Art Utopia.


Graduating Dog (Jun 12):


Jill Harness explains:

Prince worked as a therapy dog at Portage High School in Indiana for four years before retiring this spring. To honor the pup’s service, the school opted to include him in the yearbook among all the graduating seniors and let him lead the pack of students during the graduation ceremony last Sunday.



Baseball In Stands (Aug 30):

Baltimore Orioles Vs. Boston Red Sox At Fenway Park

Fans wear many different looks as a first-inning foul ball heads their way. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Baltimore Orioles in an MLB regular season game at Fenway Park on August 28, 2013. By Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images. A reader flagged it:

Whether or not you’re a baseball fan, you have to love this image.



Wounded But Defiant Iraqi Girl (Oct 7):


A wounded Iraqi girl with her head bandaged sits on a hospital trolley after receiving medical care at a hospital in the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk. Yesterday bombers detonated vehicles at a police station and a primary school, collapsing the roof of the building. According to local official Abdulal Abbas, the attacks wounded 44 people and killed 15, consisting of five policemen and 10 children. By Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images.


Baby Giraffe (Oct 18):

Baby Giraffe Born In Himeji Central Park

An eleven-day-old newborn giraffe calf stands beside his mother named Mimi in their enclosure at Himeji Central Park in Himeji, Japan. The baby giraffe was born on October 5, 2013 and stands over 170 cm tall. By Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images.


Screaming Sand Face (Oct 31):


Pinar is impressed:

Bleeding is an incredibly eye-catching sand sculpture by Québec City-based artist Guy-Olivier Deveau that features a resting head boasting undeniably surreal elements. Rather than depicting a calming, serene scene of a giant, slumbering head, the piece focuses on an open-mouthed man’s head, seemingly screaming, lying on its side with one half of his face eerily distorted. The piece is all at once surreal and realistic, striking and dramatic, scary and intriguing.

You can find more of Deveau’s work at DeviantArt.



Grandmother-Granddaughter (Nov 18):


Alice at My Modern Met marvels:

Ulric Collette, the Quebec-based photographer behind Genetic Portraits, a series where he splits family members’ faces apart and then photoshops them together, recently created a new portrait that’s close to his heart. Saying, “I’m really proud of this one,” it shows his mother who’s 61 years old on one side, and his daughter, who is 12 years old on the other.



Penguin Mouth (Dec 5):



Andrew’s Celebratory Jäger At Stonewall (Jun 26):


Face Of The Day archive here. Last year’s winner here. Awards Glossary here. Vote for the rest of our 2013 awards below:

Chart Of The Year
Cool Ad Of The Year
Dick Morris Award
Hathos Alert Of The Year
Hewitt Award
Malkin Award
Mental Health Break Of The Year
Moore Award
Poseur Alert Of The Year
Window View Of The Year
Yglesias Award