Announcing the Winners of the AoM Put Up Your Dukes Pose Contest

by Brett & Kate McKay on August 26, 2011 · 23 comments

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This year we ran our first ever AoM pose contest. We asked readers to submit a photo of themselves striking the pose of AoM’s symbol: John L. Sullivan putting up his dukes in oldtime fisticuffer fashion. We chose 7 finalists and then opened the contest up to voting by the public. Now that the votes have been tallied, we can announce that the winner of the contest is Alexander Nels Elofson!

Alexander’s photo was far and away the favorite–and for good reason. The setting, the pose, the composition—manliness made manifest!

Alexander will be receiving a Saddleback Leather briefcase along with one of everything in the AoM Shop.

The runner-up of the contest is Daniel Shearouse:

Daniel will be receiving an AoM prize package that includes our two AoM posters, an AoM T-shirt of his choice, and a signed copy of our first book The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man.

We were so impressed with all the entries to the contest–they were truly awesome, and we could tell how much work people put into them. You guys captured the spirit of the Art of Manliness so well. We just couldn’t let you manly men walk away empty-handed. So we decided to give everyone who entered the contest an Art of Manliness poster of their choice. And the five finalists will get an AoM t-shirt as well. It’s the least we can do as a show of manly gratitude to our loyal band of AoMers. If you submitted an entry to the contest, you should have received a message from me through the community about this.

So a big thanks to everyone who entered. I thought the contest was a ton of fun, and we’ll definitely do it again sometime down the road. In the meantime, stay manly!


{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 JeffC August 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm

They were all terrific.

Except the paramedic: I’m worried about him.

2 JohnE August 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Any chance of getting the winners made into Wallpapers? They would make my computer look manlier.

3 James T. O'Neill III August 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Well played, gents. It’s been an honor and a privilege. Many thanks to Brett & Kate, for their generous prize support, and Mr. Shearhouse, for his kind offer in the comments. Last but not least, congratulations Mr. Elofson! May that briefcase aid you in your manly pursuits!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some bacon to cook. There’s a hurricane coming, after all.

4 rick August 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Bravo. These two are the ones I also picked.

5 Josiah August 26, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I love these two. I’m hating not entering myself now… My brother bought me the “IF” and Teddy posters for Christmas, but my grandmother mistook them for trash and threw them away that night.

Oh, and I concur that these need to be made into a wallpaper. I would use it.

6 Adam August 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm

That is explosively manly.

7 David Y August 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I voted for Daniel. Loved his picture and the story that went with it.

But, let me congratulate Alexander for winning. It is a great photo.

8 Tryclyde August 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Just right-click the picture, save it, then make it your wallpaper pic….

Everyone on the East Coast be safe with Irene coming! I have my candles and flashlights all lined up and ready to go.

9 zeus August 26, 2011 at 9:41 pm

These two pictures are the best in my opinion and the winners well deserved the prize.

10 Swe August 27, 2011 at 8:54 am

holy moly, I’d like to see more photos !

11 Evan M August 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Awesome! My first and second favorites got first and second respectively. Congrats! Stay thirsty my friends.

12 Daren Redekopp August 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Very well done indeed, gentlemen; something for which to aspire in my own struggle toward an ever more masculine virility.

13 Hector August 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm


14 Mantuitive August 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Winner is absolutely well deserved. Love the concept of this competition to begin with.
So when’s the next AOM photo contest?

15 Sicelo August 30, 2011 at 6:56 am

Congrats to everyone. You’re all making us proud to be men.

16 Aaron August 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I voted for Shearhouse’s pic, but I think the “right” one won in the end.
Extra points for Daniel, though for having the bolt open on his slung rifle – probably not the way one would carry it in a steamy jungle, but safer while striking an assortment of poses (muzzle discipline issue).

17 Kyle August 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm

These two photographs are fantastic! The quality of these really exceeded my expectations. I really wanted to enter this contest as well, but I was away for the past couple of months training as an infantryman, and had no means to do so during that time. I look forward to the next contest.

18 Kevin August 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Such a great photo! Do you have plans to offer it in a desktop size? Because you absolutely should.

19 ---Simon--- September 1, 2011 at 6:03 am

Great photo – but my respect goes out to all the contendors, AoM really set the bar high this time.

Man up

20 Mike Nesci September 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I really don’t know how either of these photos imitate John Sullivan. I do, on the other hand, like the artistic value both photographers and the photographed bring to light. Congratulations on your win Alexander Nels and Daniel Shearouse.

21 Rachel September 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Good show from all entrants! Mr. Elofson’s victory is well-deserved, but I so enjoyed looking at all these photos, congratulations to all the finalists.

22 Liam Conrad September 19, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Cheers, Mr. Elofson! And tell us, what is that pipe you’re smoking?

23 Alexander Nels Elofson September 24, 2012 at 2:31 am

To Mr. Conrad, the pipe i was smoking was my dads calabash pipe from 1960-1970 during the vietnam war when he was stationed in Loas. Unfortunately, during the photoshoot, i had been smoking it for several hours straight and burnt a hole throught the bottom. My father was however very proud of the photoshoot.

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