Photo of the Year: Your Winner!

President Obama meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The winner – by five votes!


See all the monthly winners and captions here




















And see all 140 of your choices here!


Thank you for voting, citizens!

142 Responses to “Photo of the Year: Your Winner!”

  1. 1 japa21
    January 1, 2015 at 7:21 pm


  2. 11 amk for obama
    January 1, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I was right.,,,

  3. 39 Vicki
    January 1, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Gorgeous, not my pick but I defer graciously to the majority.

    Please, is it possible to show all the photos with the % they received? Asking politely.

  4. January 1, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    This is a great photo of two transformational leaders. I love the twinkle in the Pope’s eyes!

  5. 41 Vicki
    January 1, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Oh you did it. that is what happens when I type too soon.

    • 42 Vicki
      January 1, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      Now, I am back —really annoying i know——how many people participated in this vote?
      21% of how many??

      Not entirely idle curiosity. We have BT commenters and lurkers. Just wondering if a lot of folks who don’t comment here voted. If so I am glad we can involve people who don’t care to comment.

      • 43 GGail
        January 1, 2015 at 7:38 pm

        I’m glad when ever lurkers make a comment and I especially like the fact that they felt enough like part of the TOD village to cast a vote. It’s the evil-doers that I don’t want to play with us and Chips keeps them out. πŸ™‚

  6. 44 carla4obama
    January 1, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    My choice won! This pic represents goodness, and the hope for a better world. The # 2 pic represented a man of goodness secure in himself but evil was circling all around. So the photo of the year has NO EVIL….. only the goodness is shinning through.

  7. 49 a4alice
    January 1, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    woo hoo! I voted for this. It was so engaging! I loved it. πŸ˜€

  8. 50 a4alice
    January 1, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks Chips! Twas fun! πŸ™‚

    • January 1, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      It was a hoot Alice, huge thanks again to VC for the idea!

      • 52 vcprezofan2
        January 1, 2015 at 8:28 pm

        You guys keep this up I’m going to get a swelled head for an idea that really didn’t originate with me. I’m very pleased it turned out so well, and that everyone had fun (especially while growling at the ring mistress)!

        BTW, I sent you a very important ( πŸ˜€ to me anyway) DM over a year ago and you still haven’t answered!

  9. 53 amk for obama
    January 1, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Pope & Hope.

    Good choice, amk.

  10. 57 vcprezofan2
    January 1, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    A gadzillion THANKS, CC! This has been the best-est feature along with the Memorable Moments! I certainly hope you will add it to our end of year traditions going forward (we have the time for two more sessions}. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I don’t know how you did it, but being able to add the vote directly was a definite ‘biggie’ to me. MILLE FOIS MERCI for the joy and camaraderie you’ve exponentially added to our end of year festivities!

  11. 66 MightyPamela
    January 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    So, there we have it. And it was good! Heaps of fun as well, and a relief it is all done. Thank you, VC, thank you, Chipsticks, thank you TOD for all the energetic involvement. I have to say it was a challenge. I kind of imagine both PBO and Pope Francis will agree with this final decision. And bless them both for being on this planet with us at this critical time! ❀ 🐻 πŸ™‚

  12. 70 forus50
    January 1, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    amk predicted a koala pope tie. I predicted ZA POPE!

  13. January 1, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    POPE & PREZ! I love the winner, and all the honorable mentions!! πŸ™‚ Thanks VC and Chips for this wonderful opportunity. It has been a blast!

  14. January 1, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Hope + Pope = Change we can believe in! πŸ™‚

  15. January 1, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Il Papa has been rejuvenated by his great work.

  16. 77 Vicki
    January 1, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Governor Mario Cuomo, 82, has died. RIP Governor.

  17. 81 forus50
    January 1, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks vc and Chips!! That was a lot of fun. On top of being the most accomplished president ever, Barack Obama is clearly the most photogenic (equal to or surpassing JFK) president.

  18. January 1, 2015 at 7:44 pm

  19. 83 amk for obama
    January 1, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    now that the cat kenyan-argentinian is out of the bag, I voted for ..



    Flotus with those white & colored signs in that museum. Because, I feel that jim crow era is still alive in murka but in a more insidious manner.

  20. January 1, 2015 at 7:48 pm

  21. January 1, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Wonderful, glorious result. I love it and celebrate it, a most worthy winner. Two great human beings, who walk their talk and lead by example as well as by word and deed, delighting in each other’s presence. I could light up a dark room with this picture. My personal final choices came down to the veterans: the Filipina nurse and the Buffalo Soldiers and the gents at the D-Day celebration won my heart. They show his deep respect for the service of all our military members, past and present, and remind me of my father, whose service in WWII meant so much to him throughout his life. What all these photos radiate is the profound goodness of our President, and of his family; their grace, humor, and boundless love for each other. Can’t believe all these varied, superb images and moments are from but one single year! VC, you gave a great gift to the world. Chips, how on earth did you wrangle all this into a system that was so easy for us to use, and such a pleasure, and all while working from a pile of jagged wood formerly known as a desk? Don’t answer: magic is clearly involved. 10,000 thanks and happy new year to all who gather here.

  22. January 1, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Hello Chips and TOD family! My first choice did not win, but I love this one so much and it is an excellent choice. I remember when those two met. I went to aerobics the next day here in Georgia, and a woman was almost screaming at me that Obama was a liar, that he pretended to be a Christian, but was in fact a Muslim. Sounded as if the Pope did not like Obama, nor did he like meeting with him. “She gets her info from FOX” She had not seen any photo of the two of them together at that time. Just chose to believe the negativity she heard on FOX. After I told her what I thought of her opinion and her brand of Christianity, she did not speak to me for over two months. “P.S. its hard not to speak to me in real life cuz I’m a chatty Cathy and always smiling and laughing” Finally she broke down and started talking & laughing with me again, but never mentions President Obama! Haha..Thanks for all your work with this Chips. It was such fun and I have enjoyed everyone’s favorite memories too. Hope you all have a safe, loving, peaceful, harmonious, & Amazingly Blessed New Years filled with the Joy Of Happiness!

  23. January 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm

  24. 91 betseyc
    January 1, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I’m bringing this over from the ‘Tiara’ post, because by the time I posted it Chips had finished dusting her house and moved on to second place. I love the winning pic, but the tiara one really speaks to me. It’s certainly not the most historic, but it says so much to me about the man PBO is, and how wonderfully comfortable he is in his own skin. Even the background says volumes about him, because it’s the White House Science Fair, which he loves and fosters; they’re girls, and he has been so supportive of women’s issues; they’re so easy with him, and he with them. And I’m completely enchanted that the girls love both their science and their tiaras.

    This has been so much fun! Thanks again, Chips and Nerdy, for this wonderful place. You are truly marvels. And thanks to VC for this great idea.

  25. 92 GGail
    January 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I love this! People who seldom comment and lurkers are compelled to voice their pleasure in our community activities – I LOVE IT!!!

    Happy New Year – everyone πŸ™‚

  26. 94 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Good evening, TOD! Greetings from my lovely forced vacation spot, the local hospital… I’m feeling somewhat better, however, looks like I’ll be here several more days. It has caused me to cancel a real vacation; I was taking my Mom to Florida next week to visit my cousin, her oldest niece. My Mom refuses to go without me…

    Life 101, LOL…

    Happy New Year to one and all!

  27. 102 99ts
    January 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    9th!! That’s worse than Chelsea – but I like the winner

  28. 103 sabreen60
    January 1, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Great choice! Wasn’t mine – I chose PBO and Eric Holder. But I, too, bow to the majority πŸ™‚ In fact, mine didn’t even “place” πŸ™‚

      January 1, 2015 at 8:54 pm


      • 105 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 1, 2015 at 8:56 pm


  29. 106 sherijr
    January 1, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    My first choice came in second… however I can live with “The President and The Pope” just fine πŸ™‚ well done everyone ~ this has been completely amazing Chips πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  30. 113 forus50
    January 1, 2015 at 8:19 pm


  31. 120 Vicki
    January 1, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Chips, again and even more annoying this time, probably—-how many votes did the #1 photo get?
    Numbers, not %

  32. 123 desertflower
    January 1, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Ate dinner with my family, checked back in and here it is! Two amazing men that will be quite the duo together….moving this society ever forward. Wasn’t my first choice, but it sure is a good and understandable choice:)

    • 124 Vicki
      January 1, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Well the Commander in Chief photo almost won—very close

        • 126 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          January 1, 2015 at 8:44 pm


  33. 127 carolyn
    January 1, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Thank you VC and Chips for doing this wonderful walk through 2014 with these wonderful pictures. I think I voted either for the WWII vet kissing PBO’s hand or the Filipina nurse kissing his hand…..sense a theme here? However, the top picture is fine with me. All these pictures show different aspects of the President’s character. Each one shows a different facet, and that is what is so beautiful about him: he is many dimensional, not cardboard or a faΓ§ade.

    I said sometime this week that I believe PBO and Pope Francis are not here accidentally together in our world. Their confluence is not random, and this picture shows that very well.

    I will just love looking at these pictures over and over……..Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

  34. 131 desertflower
    January 1, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you, vc:) Thank you, Chips:) Thanks to everyone that voted….great way to top off New Year’s Day. Just waiting for my Buckeyes now….

  35. 132 Nena20409
    January 1, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Just Heard of the passing of The Former Gov of NY, Mario Cuomo.
    The guy had Integrity.
    Was a True Liberal.

  36. 134 Nena20409
    January 1, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    The Photo Poll Contest has been a great Blast.
    Great Job, Lady Chips……the anticipation for the Number One Photo was Perfect. Well executed, Lady! Brava!
    Here’s to VC for dream up the Fun.

  37. January 1, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    I know Twitter and everyone else are waiting for our President to release a statement on Mario Cuomo’s passing.

  38. 137 Nena20409
    January 1, 2015 at 8:49 pm

  39. 138 Nena20409
    January 1, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Now…..There is a better Portrait for the Fine Gov.

  40. 140 jacquelineoboomer
    January 1, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Loved the contest and the winner – many thanks, Chips and VC!

  41. January 2, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Can’t get mad at this picture. Especially when we know there was so much more going on here.

  42. 142 HZ
    January 2, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Loved every moment of looking and just enjoying all of the beautiful work of vc and our Chips. Great moment in our TOD family. Thanks for everything vc. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Hugs to you vc and Chips.}}}}}}}}}}}}}} This home here is such a peaceful and great space, Chips. Thank you, my love.

    Everyone, may this year bring us all much peace, love, and continued hard work alongside of our great President.

    {{{{{{{{{{ Get well Alycee.}}}}}}}}}}}}} HZ

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