List: Our 20 Favorite Photos From 2011

By Seyth Miersma

December 28, 2011

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2011 Mazdaspeed3 & 2011 Mazda MX-5 & 2011 Mazda RX-8 – By Nate Luzod: Just the noses. Anyone who cares a whit for Mazda (our hands are raised) knows that this photo hints at a day extraordinarily well driven.

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2011 Land Rover LR4 – By Chris Amos: A country road, a big summer sky, and a slightly dusted Land Rover. If we hadn’t been there for this, we’d wish we had.

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2011 Rossion Q1 – By Hugo Lopez: Super evocative light play off the very difficult to shoot matte black paint of this Q1.

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2012 Fiat 500 Sport & 2011 Mini Cooper – By Chris Amos: One of our favorite comparisons of the year yielded some saturated, eye-popping shots like this one.

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2012 Scion iQ – By Scion Media Services: The iQ is far from most people’s “ideal” of what a car should look like, but the dynamism and color of this shot make us want to get behind the wheel anyway.

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2011 Nissan Quest – By Chris Amos: Comparing minivans can be, umm, a test of one’s professionalism. Thankfully the all black and white photo shoot made the illustrations for the piece thoroughly thought provoking.

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2012 Fisker Karma – By Bruce Benedict: Far more ominous than your average EV, this Karma photo is downright mean. We love it.

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2011 Mini Countryman Cooper S & Nissan Juke – By Chris Amos: We can still smell the summer rain in the air, when we take in the lush greenery that made this Mini/Juke shoot so cool.

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2011 Volvo S60 – By Volvo Media Services: This S60 shot really speaks to the love of the journey. A truly dashing car right in the middle of its long-haul-cruising element.

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2012 Nissan GT-R – By Chris Amos: Slightly blurry is actually the proper way to see a GT-R, since it’s usually observed flying by you at quasi-insane rates of speed.

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2012 Shelby GT350 Convertible – By Chris Amos: 624 horsepower and no roof. Close your eyes—can you hear it?

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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 – By Jeep Media Services: Speed, curves, and elevation change; just the sort of environment that pops to mind when you thing of “Jeep.”

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2011 Ford Fiesta & 2011 Honda Fit & 2011 Mazda2 – By Chris Amos: Disquieting color combinations and strange shapes are what small cars are all about. Bonus: spot Amos’s reflection in each subject vehicle.

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic – By Chris Amos: This is what the media preview days of the Detroit auto show feel like—a bright blur of color and sound.

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2011 McLaren MP4-12C – By McLaren Media Services: Something life-altering just happened on that skid pad. Perhaps the fastest-looking “doors open” photo we saw in all of 2011.

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2011 Honda Accord & 2011 Suzuki Kizashi & 2010 Mazda6 – By Chris Amos: You’re looking at the very moment (as best we can pinpoint it) that we realized the Kizashi is the best driver’s sedan in its segment.

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2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe & 2011 Porsche Cayman R & 2012 Nissan GT-R – By Chris Amos: The day your get married, the day your first child is born, and this day.

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2011 Mazda2 – By Chris Amos: About as close to “triumphant” as the Mazda2 gets.

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2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon & 2011 BMW 328i Sports Wagon – By Chris Amos: With snow, and wet roads, and big rear ends, we think this shot really captures some of the magic of sporting station wagons.

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2012 Hyundai Veloster – By Hyundai Media Services: The Veloster is a true original, and not just because of its weird door configuration. (But this cool shot is a good objection lesson, anyway.)

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Our run-up to our Best Cars Of The Year awards continues, this time with a list of some of our very favorite photographs from 2011. Picking just 20 shots from the thousands of car pics we see each year is no easy feat, but it is a pretty fascinating way to putter away a winter afternoon.

Click through the list above, with some amazing photography, and just a few notes that explain what we love about each of these.

And be sure to stay tuned for our huge, splashy, and very exciting Awards feature, set to arrive in the next issue of Winding Road magazine.