Face Of The Year Nominees – 2014

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


1) Admiring Legal Weed:

Legal Sale Of Recreational Marijuana Begins In Colorado

Tyler Williams of Blanchester, Ohio selects marijuana strains to purchase at the 3-D Denver Discrete Dispensary in Denver, Colorado on January 1, 2014. Legalization of recreational marijuana sales in the state went into effect at 8am this morning. By Theo Stroomer/Getty Images.


2) A Walk Down The Aisle:


Photographer Lindsey Villatoro put together a mock wedding for an 11-year-old whose dad is dying of pancreatic cancer:

Why not give her something every little girl deserves? After speaking to Josie’s mom, the plan began to take shape: they would create a surprise wedding for Josie so that she could have her father walk her down the aisle.

In 72 hours, Villatoro was able to bring together a wedding dress from L.A. Fashion Week, catering, flowers, tux, hair, makeup and more, all donated by her local vendors. There was even a wedding cake and promise ring. In all, Villatoro tells us, “she received over $2,000 in birthday presents from my clients,” and not a cent was spent to bring the event together.

See more of Villatoro’s work here or follow her here. A video of the day’s highlights can be found here.


3) W’s Putin:


4) The Stained Glass Ceiling:


Reverend Kat Campion-Spall weeps as she celebrates outside the venue after members voted to approve the creation of female bishops at the Church of England General Synod in York, northern England, on July 14, 2014. The Church of England overcame bitter divisions on July 14 to vote in favour of allowing female bishops for the first time in its nearly 500-year history. The decision reverses a previous shock rejection in 2012 and comes after intensive diplomacy by Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. By Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images.


5) Yezidi Refugee:

Yezidis trapped in the Sinjar mountains arrive in Syria's Haseki

Thousands of Yezidis trapped in the Sinjar mountains without food and water for days, due to the Islamic State (IS) violence, formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), arrive in Haseki city of Syria on August 10, 2014. By Feriq Ferec/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.


6) Midterm Voter:

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Casts His Vote In Midterm Elections

A voter gestures as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) votes in the midterm elections at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky on November 4, 2014 . McConnell is running in a tight race against opponent Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. By Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images.


7) Liberian Boy:

Liberia Battles Spreading Ebola Epidemic

Local residents dress a sick Saah Exco, 10, after bathing him in a back alley of the West Point slum on August 19, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. According to a community organizer, Saah’s mother died of suspected but untested Ebola in West Point before he was brought to the isolation center on the evening of August 13th with his brother Tamba, 6, aunt Ma Hawa, and cousins. His brother died on August 15th. Saah fled the center that same day with several other patients before it was overrun by a mob of slum residents on August 16th. Once out in the neighborhood, Saah was not sheltered, as he was suspected of having Ebola, so he’s been sleeping outside. Residents reportedly began giving him medication, a drip, and oral rehydration liquids today. The whereabouts and condition of his aunt and cousins, who left the facility when it was overrun by the mob, is still unknown at this time. (Saah passed away a day later.) Photo by John Moore/Getty Images.


8) Cool Feline:

This fucking cat:


The Los Angeles Feline Film Festival at the Memorial Coliseum takes place on September 21, 2014. The annual event featuring celebrity cats and feline films raises money for local cat sanctuaries and rescue organizations. By Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images.


9) Little Girl in Ferguson:

Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

Gabrielle Walker, 5, protests the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 17, 2014. Despite the Brown family’s continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death. By Scott Olson/Getty Images.


10) Camel Selfie:


Vote Here:

Browse our Face Of The Day archive here. Last year’s winner is here. Polls will close on Wednesday, December 31, at midnight. Winners will be announced soon after. Be sure to vote for the rest of our 2014 awards below:

Please note: due to there not being enough nominees this year, we will not be issuing a 2014 Hewitt Award, Moore Award, or Dick Morris Award. Learn more about all our awards here.