2014 Best of the Year Label Winners!

Drum roll please…..

You have voted, and the results are in for the 2014 Best of the Year coffee labels at Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee. Let’s be honest–it was hard to pick from this stack of 66 great shots of 2014. They were funny, cool, colorful and crazy. No doubt we got a little smile from every one of them. The time must come, though, when we all get to decide on the pics we think are the BEST of the BEST. We rallied our customers, and the photographers rallied their friends and family, and this is how 2014 has landed.

Julie Schumacher Amelia, OH

Julie Schumacher
Amelia, OH
Crushing a few categories this year, Julie Schumacher takes Talent to a new level. This underwater tower of humans had us all holding our breath!

Dobie Farragher Fair Haven, NJ

Dobie Farragher
Fair Haven, NJ
No doubt Dobie Farragher got wet on this photo shoot. All we know is that wherever this rope-swing lives, we want to come play!

Holly Smith Gainesville, VA

Holly Smith
Gainesville, VA
Holly Smith knows how to snap pictures at Sunrise for sure, so it’s no surprise that she had your favorite Sunriser snapshot of the year. Beautiful!

Julie Schumacher Amelia OH

Julie Schumacher
Amelia OH
We’re not here to judge. Some of our friendships are stranger than this on that Julie Schumacher got on film.

Julie Schumacher Amelia, OH

Julie Schumacher
Amelia, OH
Julie Schumacher Must have had the super sneaky approach and long lens catching this birthday moment. Totally adorable!

Karen Gale Webberville, MI

Karen Gale
Webberville, MI
Karen Gale‘s Bad Dog shows some impressive restraint. You have to wonder how this picture would have looked if it was a bacon muffin.

We are sending our heartfelt thanks to all these amazing photographers for playing with us here at Lizzy’s. You make what we do so much fun! Now as the crowned 2014 winners, you’ll be enjoying a sweet Lizzy’s gift box with all 6 winning coffees inside, plus a Lizzy’s mug and a couple other surprises. All the rest of us get to enjoy YOUR pictures for one more month since you’ll all be featured again for the month of December 2014.

Please help us in sending all these great picture making people a big OH-YEAH, WAY to GO, YOU ROCK!!!!

Feeling like you want to play in 2015? You can! Enter your snapshots for chance to be featured on the Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee label, and enjoy a free month of coffee. Check out all the details and enter now: www.lizzysfreshcoffee.com/coffee-label-photo-contest

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Meet the All-Stars

Firing up the roaster early in the morning, pouring shots at the espresso bar, sipping endless supplies of incredible coffees – these are some of our favorite things we do here on the job at Lizzy’s. This is all pretty awesome, but there’s one day we look forward to most each month, and that’s the day we pick the winning snapshots that will grace the coffee labels for the new month.

We receive dozens of photo submissions every month from all over the country, and open each file with excitement. Some shots are hilarious, some are curious, and some are just plain beautiful. It’s such a treat to be on the receiving end of all these amazing snapshots!

We’ve featured over 400 images on our coffee labels over the years from photographers all over the country and even the world. We love it when there’s a perfect connection between your pictures, and the fun of our brand. A small group of 4 have shared their pics more than any others, and between them, have been featured on our coffee labels several times a year since we opened in 2008.

They’re pretty much rock stars to us, and we want to introduce them to you. They’re talented, creative, and beyond awesome. Let us introduce you to our Photography All-Stars!

Well, when it's true.

Well, when it’s true.

Fine.

Fine.

Sandra Rouse from Colorado Springs, CO:
Sandra is an animal rescue photographer whose pooch pics are downright excellent. There’s one dog, a Long Haired Chihuahua who has graced our Bad Dog label many times.
“His name is Luka,” Sandra says. “He is a seven year old long haired Chihuahua and a Facebook personality with over ten thousand fans. He happens to be the most patient creature I have ever worked with.”

Sandra has submitted photography featuring other dogs including Dakota, which she describes as “Luka’s sweetheart.” It’s good to know that all the fame hasn’t gone to Luka’s head, and he is still a down to earth pooch who makes time for his sweetheart, Dakota.

I had nothing to do with that!

I had nothing to do with that!

Strike!

Strike!

Minta Thomson from Glendale, AZ
“I always have a camera with me. It may be to capture a spontaneous moment or to visually note something for a future creation,” says Minta.
Minta often sends us super creative pictures using props or toy models, and we always wonder how she comes up these ideas. “The key is to write it all down because in doing so I free my mind from the burden of remembering, and open it up for more creativity,” Minta says.

She also tells us that she uses her planner to record articles to read, books to find, websites to visit, inspirational photo shoots, locations scouted, quotes, and magazines pages among many other things. Now we understand where October’s zombie pumpkin head came from!

Get off my porch!

Get off my porch!

I love corn season

I love corn season


Meet Joe Wicks of Grand Island, NE:
Joe describes himself as “a hobbyist with the camera.” His close-up wildlife shots are totally irresistible, but they seem so challenging to caputure. Joe explains, “Capturing great moments is what I strive for.”
Joe says he doesn’t think he has the best photographic technique, but he does have a knack for studying the animals and their body language to be able to anticipate what they will do next. “Patience and preparedness are two qualities a photographer needs, and a good eye for composition helps turn a nice shot into a really cool one.” It’s apparent that Joe forms a relationship with each of his creatures because their personalities shine through in his pictures every time.

What - this is what I always wear to the beach

What – this is what I always wear to the beach

Pure Talent

Pure Talent


Tara Reifenheiser of Rye, NY
Tara has a super camera-friendly son named Noah who has appeared on our labels over the years. It’s pretty obvious to us that Tara and her son have a great time snapping shots together, and make a great team of photographer and model. We asked Noah how he feels about being in the spotlight. He says “I like the spotlight very much!” He adds, “Some photos on the coffee labels are embarrassing, like when the lollipop got stuck to my face when I was napping in the car.” Overall, his favorite photos are the shots of him and his loyal Beagle Floppy.

What inspires them to enter their pictures in the label contest?
They all agree that the freshly roasted coffee itself is a fantastic reward. Minta adds that she enjoys the reward of being recognized for the mini stories she’s able to create to fit the coffee label names. Tara loves competition, so she says winning is a joy for her. Joe also points out, “The bragging rights, of course!”

In November, be ready for our “Best of the Year” voting. Everyone can vote for their favorite snapshots of 2014 to be crowned the Best Photo of the Year. Each winner will be crowned 2014’s BEST, and be featured again during the month of December. Gift boxes, and bragging rights will be plentiful, and we’ll even have some prizes to hand-out for a few lucky voters helping to select the winners.

Do you feel inspired to enter your snapshots in the Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee label contest? CLICK HERE to pop over to our website and learn more.

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Best of the Year Coffee Label Winners 2013

We can’t believe another year has passed here at Lizzy’s, and we’ve enjoyed another batch of killer snapshots gracing our coffee “covers”.

At the end of every year, we ask you to vote for your favorite snapshots of the year, and here are your winners! Every month of the year we look forward to the photos our customers send in – they range from amazing to silly, and everything in between. The best of them always tell a story, leaving us wondering “what was really happening that minute in time?”

All of the winners, plus 3 random voters (that’s 3 of you!) will enjoy a Best of the Year gift box, including a 2 oz sampler of each coffee & label, a porcelain mug, and a few other treats.

Talent by Sandra Rouse

Talent by Sandra Rouse

Swinger by Anthony Garcia

Swinger by Anthony Garcia

Sunriser by Monique Lavoie

Sunriser by Monique Lavoie

Easy Tiger by Becca Friedman

Easy Tiger by Becca Friedman

B*day by Melissa Briggs

B*day by Melissa Briggs

Bad Dog by Minta Thomson

Bad Dog by Minta Thomson

Be part of the fun! Enter your own snapshots for a chance to be featured on one of our signature coffees in 2014: Enter Your Own Photo Now

Or, purchase a 12 oz bag of your favorite winner’s coffee on our website: www.lizzysfreshcoffee.com

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Best of the Year 2012 Photo Label Contest Winners

Babies, puppies, swings – oh my!

What’s this all about? Every month our coffee labels change – all with customer submitted photography. We pick our favorites each month to feature on the coffees, but at year’s end, we leave it up to all our customers and photographers, and their friends and family to vote for the favorite cover shots from the year’s featured pictures.

This year the competition was fierce! Votes were coming in right up to midnight with some pretty excellent battles going down.

We have to give a big shout-out to all the cool photographers who have shared their pictures to be featured on our coffee labels. Nothing makes us more happy than hearing our coffee made someone’s day great – yummy beans inside of the bag, and a little smile on the outside.

So, without further ado, here are the winners you’ve voted Best of the Year for 2012. Congratulations!

Bowls are so 2002.
Photo: Kelly Morgan

That’s right, get ready outfielders. Some heat’s coming your way!
Photo: Joy Elizabeth Effie

Rain, rain, who cares?! I’m a human rainbow!
Photo: Julie Bennett

Are you judging me? Didn’t think so.
Photo: Michael Roedel

Let’s just get right to it, shall we?
Photo: Michelle Cordes

Just one little lick….puuulllleeezzz?
Photo: Tara Reifenheiser

Want to get in on the fun? Submit your picture to our contest for a chance to be featured. Enter a Picture

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Featured November Snapshooter

Photographer Dennis Merth

Check out our latest featured photographer. Dennis won our November cover for “Talent”. This new-to-retirement photographer is embracing his newly found “free time” in style.

Name: Dennis Merth
Home Town: Placerville, California

What’s your story? Are you a pro-photographer, or a weekend snapshooter, or something in between? I’m a newly retired physicist/software engineer who loves taking photographs.

What’s your favorite thing to photograph?
I like the unusual shots, mostly outdoors.

Dennis’ winning “Talent” snapshot. Rocking it old school is very cool.

What would you say to someone else about the Lizzy’s Fresh Label contest?
I would encourage them to send in their snaps, it’s great fun.

Oh yes, what’s your favorite way to drink your coffee?
Black, nothing added, completely natural.

Where can our readers see more of your photography?
www.flickr.com/photos/SunSeekingGuy/

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Do you have the perfect shot for one of the Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee labels? Submit it for a chance to win the cover of one of our coffees a free month of coffee! Go to www.lizzysfreshcoffee.com to submit online now.

To order Dennis’ winning coffee label, or to browse them all, shop now at www.lizzysfreshcoffee.com

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Snapshooter Profile June

Photographer Kristina Hernandez

Check out our latest featured photographer. Kristina won our June cover of “Swinger”, and uses her athleticism to keep up with her photo subjects. We like your style Kristina!

Name: Kristina Hernandez
Home Town: Alexandria, Virginia

What’s your story? I do photography whenever I’m able apart from my full-time job. I love being able to create a tangible memory – hopefully a good one – in a photograph for a client. For me, I always try to get a photo that elicits emotion.

What’s your favorite thing to photograph?
Kids, sports and couples. Kids grow up so fast and you never want to forget those little moments before they are on their own and out of your arms. I’m an athlete, so capturing a great sports moment is awesome. Photographing couples – usually during an engagement shoot – is great because they have a love between them that I’m able to get on film.

Kristina's Winning "Swinger" snapshot

What would you say to someone else about the Lizzy’s Fresh Label contest?
It’s a great way to get your picture onto an excellent bag of coffee!

Oh yes, what’s your favorite way to drink your coffee?
In the morning after a run.

Where can our readers see more of your photography?
photographyforvalerie.com or www.flickr.com/photos/kjgrabosky/

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Best of the Year 2011 Photo Contest Winners

What a fun year of pictures it’s been! Frosting covered babies, to dogs on swings and talented balancing acts – why not!?

We have to give a big shout to all the cool photographers who have shared a sliver of their lives with us on the coffee labels this year. Not every picture we receive is lucky enough to make it to the coffee labels (boo hoo) but it really is the best part of every month when we get to unveil the new month’s collection of winning pictures on our coffees.

Nothing makes us more happy than hearing that a cup of our coffee made someone’s day great. The coolest part is that our photographers are right there with us, in kitchens across the country, bringing a little giggle to everyone who gets a bag of Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee. That just rocks.

At year’s end, we leave it up to all our customers and photographers, and their friends and family to vote for the favorite cover shots from the year’s featured pictures. As a last goodbye to the year, these best of the best pictures are on the coffees one last time during the month of December.

So, without further ado, here are the winners you’ve voted Best of the Year for 2011. Congratulations!

Photo: Tara Reifenheiser
Now get out of bed and let's go play!

Photo: Joy Elizabeth Effie
She's been training for this day.

Photo: Waisan Cho
If only my tongue were just one-more-inch...

Photo: Joy Elizabeth Effee
What, mom, you GAVE me the cake.

Photo: Joy Elizabeth Effie
Uhg, these makeup artists just don't know how to get my gloss right.

Photo: Marco Martinez
Swinging with some serious style

++++++++++++ All winning photographers, plus 3 lucky voters have won a coffee gift box of 2 oz coffees, featuring each winning label, and a Lizzy’s mug.

Do you want to enter one of your pictures for a chance to be featured on our coffee in 2012? Do it here: Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee Label Contest

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Best of the Year Label Contest 2011

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHERS NOW! VOTING ENDS SUNDAY 11/27/11
6 best pictures from 2011, and 3 random voters win!

VOTE NOW

*****Contest voting works with Firefox and Goggle Chrome*****

11 months of cheeky, and YOU are picking your favorites to win best of the year.

Who wins?
6 photographers (one for each coffee), and 3 voters, picked at random.

The prize?
Freshly roasted Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee gift boxes featuring all 6 winning labels on 2 oz coffees, plus a Lizzy’s porcelain mug.

How to vote for one or more of your favorites:
Click on any picture you’d like to vote for. At the bottom of the picture’s page, give it 1-5 star rating and click “send”. Each “star” counts as one vote, so you can give up to 5 votes for a pic. Return to the contest list to vote for your next choice. Continue in this manner until done making picks.

IMPORTANT!! After you vote you’ll receive a vote confirmation email for each vote you cast to your email inbox. Watch closely-these may go to your spam folder! All you have to do is click the link in the email to confirm your votes – now your votes are officially cast. (Emails come from The Fresh Ride “blog@thefreshride.com”)

VOTE NOW

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Snapshooter Profile October

Check out our latest featured photographer! Greg Ha won our October “Sunriser” label spot, and it looks like all those hours in the photo lab as a kid have paid off…at least this month!

Name: Greg Ha, MD
Home Town: Bend, OR

What’s your story? When I was in high school my siblings and I built a black and white photo lab inside our house. I spent many hours there thinking that maybe someday I would be a professional photographer for a magazine like National Geographic. I never got that good at photography, but I do still love taking pictures.

What’s your favorite thing to photograph?
My favorite thing to photograph by far is my daughter Samantha. She has taught me that you have to take a lot of photographs to get one good photograph.

Greg's winning Sunriser picture

What would you say to someone else about the Lizzy’s Fresh Label contest?
I would encourage anyone to enter the Fresh Label Contest. Fun for the coffee lover and photographer in all of us.

Oh yes, what’s your favorite way to drink your coffee?
My favorite way to drink my coffee is not necessarily the way I make my coffee. Although I love my french press and newly acquired vacuum pot, it’s having the time for each step when making my coffee. Weighing the beans, grinding the beans, pressing the pot, and drinking it without having to rush out the door.

Where can our readers see more of your photography? No blog, website, or Flickr page, but maybe I’ll just have to enter the contest again!
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Do you have the perfect shot for one of the Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee labels? Submit it for a chance to win the cover of one of our coffees a free month of coffee! Go to www.lizzysfreshcoffee.com to submit online now.

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Snapshooter Profile August

Check out our latest featured photographer! Marco Martinez’s snapshot won the August “Swinger” coffee label, and we love his perspective on the long relationship of coffee+art.

Name: Marco A. Martínez
Home Town: White Bear Lake, MN

What’s your story? Are you a pro-photographer, or a weekend snapshooter, or something in between? I’ve been into photography for a few years now. I started when my oldest son was born out of the need to document his life, from the banal to the extraordinary, recording every milestone and accomplishment. Along the way, I immersed myself more into photography, reading and experimenting with this new medium (I used to write quite often) of expression. It has been a very rewarding experience that has touched all aspects of my life. Photography has become a lifelong pursuit.

What’s your favorite thing to photograph?
I love taking portraits. There is much to learn about people in general when you take their portrait: you strive to make a connection with those you photograph, to learn something special and unique about them. I “specialize” in child photography because, well, my two children have been my main subjects. I also do macro photography on occasion.

Marco's Winning "Swinger" Label

What would you say to someone else about the Lizzy’s Fresh Label contest?
That it is a very unique way to bring two awesome things together: great coffee and photography. I’m reminded how many coffee shops support artists and their art work. One can walk into almost any coffee shop and appreciate the work of local artists: paintings, photographs, and other crafts. And what about Open Mic! So, the Fresh Label contest, in essence, continues this long relationship between artisan coffee and the arts. In both places you find the same thing: passion.

Oh yes, what’s your favorite way to drink your coffee?
Dark. And bitter.

Where can our readers see more of your photography? My Flickr Photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/marco_a_m/ or my JPG Profile http://jpgmag.com/people/MarcoA.

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