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Every December the staff at Liberty Puzzles votes on their favorite custom puzzle submission from the previous year.  Here are some of the winners. You can view non-winning finalists from 2012 here.

2012 Custom Puzzle of the Year (First Place):

Upon the Tops of the Seas

Painted and submitted by Jennifer Judd-McGee of Northeast Harbor, ME

Jennifer wrote, "I love to draw intricate patterns inspired by nature and think about how they all connect.  I live on an island off the coast of Maine and was trying to capture the feeling of summertime here." 

The combination of amazing composition, colors and textures put this over the top, earning it eight first place votes from Liberty staff.

We licensed this image from Jennifer and this puzzle is now available here.

2012 Second Place:

First Family

Submitted by Barbe Turner of Dallas, TX.  Painted by Ron Burns

Barbe commissioned famous dog painter Ron Burns to paint this portrait of her dogs.  View his website here: www.ronburns.com

2012 Third Place:

Venice Canal

Photographed and submitted by Sabrina Sane of Orlando, FL 

Sabrina wrote: "This is in the Dorsoduro neighborhood of Venice, and I loved the reflections in the canal as we walked over a bridge.  My Nikon D70 is heavy for travel, but worth it in remembering the beauty back at home."

2011 Custom Puzzle of the Year:

Persian Wedding Spread (Sofreh Aghd)

Submitted by A.Z. of Berkeley, CA

This gorgeous composition is well balanced, with nice color range and sumptuous textures and patterns, plus an interesting and celebratory subject matter.  In short, it's got it all.

2011 Runner-Up:

Monet's Studio

Submitted by David Morency of Hamilton, MA.  Photograph by Lori Morency.

Says David: "Last August, our family was on a bike tour in France and stopped at Monet's home in Giverny.  This picture was taken looking into his studio from a door in one corner.  We just caught the lighting and room contents right to give depth to the picture.  With all the different colors and elements, I thought it would make a great puzzle."

We agree!  And it did.

2010 Custom Puzzle of the Year:

My Sister Lives West of the Pecos

Submitted by Hazel Underwood of Jeffersonville, GA

Collages can make great custom puzzles.  This artwork was originally assembled for a CD jewel box by Hazel's daughter Delight.  We just loved the sense of humor here, which put it over the top.