Baby Cobras 2012 Photo Winner Change

Mike Killion, Chicago
Photo: Mike Killion, Chicago

Last Thursday we announced the winners of the Baby Cobras contest: Garrett English for writing, Matt Payne for filming and Carlos Santana for photography. We were excited about our picks and figured the rest of the world would be too. And most of the rest of the world was.

But a few hated, because if the rappers and the Internet have taught us anything it's that haters gonna hate. And so the comments lit up with "bullshit, so and so shoulda won," "I shoulda won," etc. Then the haters came out to hate the haters, it's all really familiar. But one person brought up an important point: one of the images that Carlos Santana entered had also been used in his Follow the Light submission. This violated the fine print,which read, "Entry and associated content must be truthful in all respects, original, unpublished, cannot have been submitted in any other competition."

F–king fine print. Sorry. Carlos didn’t mean to break the rules (I talked to him), but it's not fair to the other contestants who followed the criteria. So the bad news is he can't win the inaugural Baby Cobras photography contest. But the good news is that we run a surf magazine and cringe at negativity and sadness. So we're gonna send Carlos to Hawaii anyway — kid's got that much potential.

Which means that the winner becomes the Mike Killion, the Chicago-based photographer who stunned us with his images of surfing in the Great Lakes. Let's see how his freshwater skills translate to the very salty North Shore. Congrats, Mike!
—Taylor Paul