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!
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!