we have a winner!

Meet Tyler Oakley, Winner Of The GayCities 2012 Pride Photo Challenge

Who says dreams don’t come true? Just last week, GayCities member Tyler Oakley was a cute kid with a bunch of YouTube followers, who enjoyed the quirky queer videos he posted from his Castro apartment.

Today he is the official winner of the GayCities 2012 Pride Photo Challenge!

Tyler’s photo, “Castro Pride,” took the grand prize, thanks to what can only be described as brilliant strategy: promising to personally meet and greet fans who voted for his photo when he takes his prize—a trip to New York City sponsored by our friends at JetBlue and Kimpton Hotels.

Of course, it didn’t hurt that his photo was simply adorable.

“I’m really excited to be heading to New York now that I’ve won the GayCities Challenge,” Tyler gushed when he learned of his victory. “Connecting with [people who watch my videos] is my absolute favorite thing in the world.”

Congrats to Tyler and the second place winner, GayCities member Daniel1776, who receives two nights at any Kimpton Hotel for his photo, “KeyWest, Florida, Pride” (at left).

Check outa slideshow of the finalists and photos from all the GayCities members who entered the Pride Photo Challenge here!