After a long Labor Day weekend of deliberation over the 300+ entries we received for the inaugural WatchTime Wrist Shot Contest, we narrowed it down to five images from four WatchTime readers on the way to choosing a single winner.
All pictures were judged by our editorial team on three factors: composition, creativity, and image quality. Special attention was also paid to the setting, meaning if you took a picture of your field watch on a hike, you were more likely to make the cut.
Without further ado, here are the four runner-ups.
Jason Miller – Marathon Search & Rescue
We’ve always had a soft spot for Marathon Watches given their proud history on the wrists of American and Canadian servicemembers. This wrist shot, from reader Jason Miller, a Captain in the Royal Canadian Air Force, shows the watch onboard the HMCS Athabaskan with the HMCS Charlottetown in the background.
Carter Combs – Cartier Santos
Carter Combs aka @wristi is well known on Instagram for imaginative wrist shots and an overall great taste in watches. This picture of his Cartier Santos subverts the idea of a typical wrist shot and shows the flexibility of the Santos. Even in wrist absentia, the watch fits perfectly.
John Borra – Sinn 556A
As you’ve seen so far, we love when a watch fulfills its intended purpose, so nothing made us happier than when this mid-flight image of the no-nonsense Sinn 556A taken by reader John Borra landed in our inbox. Images like this make us fall in love with the legibility of pilots’ watches over and over again.
Carter Combs – Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days GMT Acciaio
This second image submitted by Carter Combs (@wristi) is a one-in-a-million shot that has kept our office laughing for days. It also leaves us wondering what the aftermath was. Is there now a donkey-sized bite mark on the strap?
Finally, the winner of a one-year, all-access print subscription to WatchTime magazine is:
Gøran Bäckstrøm – Grand Seiko SBGA229G
While it was a tough decision, this image of the Grand Seiko SBGA229G by reader Gøran Bäckstrøm (check out his Instagram here) is the winner of the first-ever WatchTime Wrist Shot contest. It was the perfect combination of all three categories and showed us a different angle than the straight-on shots we are used to. Congratulations Gøran!
Thank you to everyone who participated and sent us images of their watches. We’ll be doing another Wrist Shot contest very soon so keep an eye out and let us know in the comments what your favorite image was!