This week’s Moments Make The Journey Contest winner was chosen by Mountain Hardwear athlete Mike Libecki.

First, I need to say what an honor it is to be able to choose a winner in this contest. Being that the theme is ‘Moments Make The Journey,’ this contest and decision to choose a winner is very close to my heart and my lifestyle in every way.

I really spent a lot of time looking at these photos and feeling the emotion of these wonderful ‘moments’ that you all captured. Thank you for the pleasure of getting to share in your visions and moments of life. All of the 15 finalist photos that were given to me to judge pulled me into an immaculate moment of ‘now’ and I could feel the ‘emotion’ of that moment. I could also feel in all of these photos and moments what I also seek: Joy.

The one winner I chose, as well as the additional category winners, really delivered me into that ‘immaculate moment’ and represented the other criteria of magic, power, beauty, and of course, and I will stress the word ‘mystery’, that really defined what I was looking for.

In the end, this photo brought me closest to my daily quotes and mantras of life:

Without mystery, there is no adventure. The time is now…What are you waiting for? No excuses. Dream big…And climb those dreams. After all, it is not only life, but the quality of this life. Death and/or old age is coming…We must live sweet. Why ration passion?”

-Mike Libecki

The Winner is…

photo by @revgmoney

From Mike: “To me, this photo truly defines the theme of the contest: Moments Make The Journey.

Honorable Mention

photo by @breezydeezy2

From Mike: “Yep, this was one was close. Definitely a huge moment for a monumental journey! Congratulations on your journey of a lifetime together!”

Mike’s Daughter’s Choice Award

photo by @tmophotos

From Lilliana Libecki: “Dad, this photo is sooo awesome! This photo is a moment that makes me think about the journey of life, like, how we all got here, how everything is alive, how the Earth and the stars and just everything is even here. How we even exist at all to have this Journey! Wow!”

From Mike: “I agree with her wholeheartedly!”

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