Eryc Riddle.

To enter Field & Stream’s 2010 Gun Nut Target Contest, readers had to send us creative photographs of a special Gun Nut Target insert we published in our July 2010 issue. We promised to give away a brand-new Smith & Wesson M&P15 MOE 5.536mm rifle to the photo we liked best (as judged by a panel of our editors).

The contest was a massive success, generating an incredible 700-plus submissions from readers and website visitors. We’ve seen a lot of gun photographs at Field & Stream over the years, but these top 50 images–with themes of patriotism, the military life, humor, even love–left us awestruck. Check them out, vote for your favorites here (the five photos that get the most votes win a Gun Nuts hat), and stay tuned for our next contest.

And the winner? Congratulations to Onehit, who wins the rifle for his entry titled “I love guns and the red, white, and blue.” (the first photo in this gallery).