For this character's human counterpart, see Photo Finish (EG).
Photo Finish
Photo Finish S1E20 thumb
Kind Earth
Sex Female
Occupation Fashion photographer
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Eyes Dark indigo (series)
​[​specify​]​ (merchandise)
Mane Light gray
Coat Pale, light grayish cerulean
Nicknames Pf (The Periodic Table of My Little Pony)
Cutie mark
AiP CM Twilight Sparkle
(S1E20 animation error and trading card)
Photo Finish Brushable Cutie Mark
(brushable toy)
Voice Tabitha St. Germain (English)[1]
Mélanie Dambermont (French, season 1)
Nathalie Hugo (French, season 7)
Heide Domanowski (German)
Balint Magyar (Hungarian)
Caterina Rochira (Italian)
Rikako Aikawa (Japanese)
Choi Moon-ja (Korean)
Nirayu Zuhdi (Malaysian)
Agata Gawrońska-Bauman (Polish)
Fatima Noya (Brazilian Portuguese)
Anda Tămășanu (Romanian)
Larisa Brokhman (Russian, S1E20)
Olga Golovanova (Russian, S7E09)
Laura Ayala (Latin American Spanish)
Anneli Heed (Swedish)
Olena Blinnikova (Ukrainian, S1E20)
Natalya Yaroshenko (Ukrainian, S7E09)
Photo Finish is a female Earth pony and famous fashion photographer in Equestria who first appears in the season one episode Green Isn't Your Color.

Development and design

FANMADE Side-by-side comparison of Anna Wintour and Photo Finish

A side-by-side comparison of Photo Finish and Anna Wintour, whom Photo Finish's character is based on.

Photo Finish heavily resembles the iconic editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour. Her name is a play on a horse racing term; a "photo finish" is when competitors finish so closely that a photograph is needed to determine the winner. Tabitha St. Germain based Photo Finish's accent and mannerism on that of an Austrian woman.[2]

Photo Finish's cutie mark visible in Green Isn't Your Color and listed on Enterplay's Hoity Toity & Photo Finish trading card is the same as that of Twilight Sparkle and "Masquerade", and her eye color visible partly in Green Isn't Your Color and fully in Honest Apple also appears similar to Twilight Sparkle's; a show crew member noted that Photo Finish was made from Twilight Sparkle's Flash character model, and the visibility of Twilight's cutie mark was likely overlooked during production of the show. Photo Finish's cutie mark and eye color visible on Hasbro's brushable toys of her are different. Her cutie mark in the toy line is a camera's aperture blades.​[​citation needed​]​

Depiction in the series

Season one

Fluttershy trying to talk to Photo Finish S1E20

Photo Finish with Fluttershy.

Photo Finish first appears in Green Isn't Your Color. She is first mentioned during the spa scene, where Rarity excitedly says that Photo Finish was impressed by some of her latest fashion attire. She soon appears in the Carousel Boutique where she holds a photo-shoot of Fluttershy, seemingly fascinated by the Pegasus' innocence and simplicity, rejecting any extra flair that the she had attempted at Rarity's insistence. Photo Finish launches Fluttershy into a modeling career instead of promoting Rarity's dresses, much to Rarity's disappointment. With Photo Finish as her manager, Fluttershy takes the modeling world by storm, but grows to hate her fame almost immediately, uncomfortable with the excessive attention focused on her and unhappy at having no time to spend with her friends. Twilight Sparkle tries to sabotage Fluttershy's latest photo shoot in order to get her out of her contract, much to Photo Finish's horror, but an accidental intervention on Rarity's part makes Fluttershy even more popular, and Photo Finish seeks to promote her more eagerly than ever. However, Fluttershy confesses her dislike of the spotlight to Rarity, and quits modeling altogether, much to Photo Finish's surprise and dismay.

Season two

Photo Finish also has two brief cameos in Sweet and Elite: she can be seen attending an art gallery in Canterlot during Rarity's song sequence, and once again when Rarity is surrounded by Canterlot ponies in a checkerboard-like sequence. In the same shot, members of Photo Finish's photography and makeup crew also appear.

Season four

Hoity Toity, Sapphire Shores and Photo Finish clapping their hooves S4E08

Photo Finish in Rarity Takes Manehattan.

She also has a cameo in the audience sitting with Hoity Toity and Sapphire Shores in Rarity Takes Manehattan.

She can be seen sitting in the stadium in Equestria Games.

She is listed as having a speaking role in the credits of Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2, although she ends up not having any lines. She has a cameo as one of the ponies seeing the Castle of Friendship during Let the Rainbow Remind You.

Season five

In reference to her appearance in the opening sequence, she appears at the end of Crusaders of the Lost Mark taking a photo of the Cutie Mark Crusaders and their friends. She is seen taking photos of Coloratura and the school ponies in The Mane Attraction.

Season seven

Photo Finish votes for Starstreak S7E9

Photo Finish as a judge in Rarity's fashion show.

In Honest Apple, Photo Finish serves as one of the judges in Rarity's fashion contest at Carousel Boutique. In It Isn't the Mane Thing About You, Rarity prepares for a magazine photoshoot with Photo Finish, but ends up cancelling due to her damaged mane. Photo Finish manages to take some clandestine photos of Rarity's new punk-inspired look for Vanity Mare.

Season eight

In School Daze - Part 2, at the end of Friendship Always Wins, Photo Finish appears to take a photograph of the students and faculty of the School of Friendship. In Fake It 'Til You Make It, her silhouette appears in a shot visually re-used from Green Isn't Your Color.

Season nine

In She's All Yak, Photo Finish appears during Fit Right In. In The Last Problem, she briefly appears in Rarity's group shot during The Magic of Friendship Grows.

Clip shows

Photo Finish appears in a flashback of Honest Apple with Applejack apologizing to the fashion contestants in Harvesting Memories.

Depiction in My Little Pony The Movie

In My Little Pony The Movie, Photo Finish appears several times taking photos at the Friendship Festival, including of Twilight Sparkle and of Songbird Serenade.

Depiction in comics

In the IDW comics, Photo Finish appears on page 21 of My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #3, on page 14 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #8, on pages 9, 12, and 18 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #10, and on page 19 of My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #10. On page 13 of My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #1, Summer van der Hoof says that Photo Finish "loves sauerkraut!" Photo Finish also appears on page 1 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #21 and on page 3 of My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #9, and is also mentioned on page 13 of My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #13. On My Little Pony: Ponyville Mysteries Issue #5 page 10, she attends Songbird Serenade's Ponyville concert.


Photo Finish Brushable 2

Photo Finish brushable, with a different cutie mark than both the show's animation error and Enterplay's trading card.

A Photo Finish miniature collectible is included in the Famous Friends Set with Hoity Toity and Rarity.[3] A brushable Photo Finish pony toy, a Toys "R" Us-exclusive in the Ponymania line, has been displayed at the 2014 American International Toy Fair.[4] The toy's packaging states regarding Photo Finish "She is ready for a fashion show! Who will be her next model?"

Other depictions

Rarity's Peek Behind the Boutique

Photo Finish appears in episode 2 of Rarity's Peek Behind the Boutique, "Fashion vs. Function".

My Little Pony mobile game

Photo Finish is a character in Gameloft's mobile game, and serves as a boss battle helper during the "Rarity's Retro Revolution" event. Her bio states, "This famous fashion photographer pony has an eye for modeling talent -- like Ponyville's very own Fluttershy!"

The Elements of Harmony guidebook

PHOTO FINISH catches all the hot looks as Equestria's top fashion photographer. This trendsetter keeps an army of impressionable attendants with her at all times.


"I go!"
Green Isn't Your Color

With her German-like accent, Photo Finish joins the ranks of ponies with inexplicable foreign accents. She is quite posh, stuck up, and dismissive of ponies she deems unworthy of her time. She travels with an entourage of servile ponies who never speak and who cater to her every whim, doing things like carrying her around and vanishing the moment she tells them to leave. She often refers to herself as "I, Photo Finish," and she is almost never seen without her sunglasses on, briefly removing them for the first time in Honest Apple.


See also: Character appearances
YAt least one appearance where the character is the focus of a shot
SAt least one appearance where the character is the focus of a shot, without spoken dialogue or narration
BBackground appearance or an appearance where the character is not the focus
FAt least one appearance where the character is only in a flashback or fantasy-setting
PNo physical appearance, but appears in a photo, drawing, or figure
MNo appearance, but a mention by name or title
NNo appearance and no mention by name or title
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Beginning with Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 1, she is added to the intro near the end group shot.


"I, Photo Finish... have arrived."
Green Isn't Your Color and Honest Apple
"Flootershy! It is time to make... da magicks!"
— Green Isn't Your Color
"Even her schneezes are graceful!"
— Green Isn't Your Color
"You! The poise. The masculine grace you had on that float. I must photograph you."
Friendship is Magic Issue #10


Photo Finish "is talking about it" S7E9

Photo Finish image gallery

See also


  1. Jayson Thiessen (2011-08-28). I'm Jayson Thiessen, supervising director of MLP:FiM, AMA. Retrieved on 2013 October 8.
  2. Interview: Tabitha St. Germain. Everfree Radio (2012-07-31). Retrieved on 2012 December 19.
  3. My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Famous Friends 3-Pack Rarity, Photo Finish & Hoity Toity Pre-Order ships October. Retrieved on 2012 September 19.
  4. Stitch Kingdom - Timeline Photos. Facebook (2014-02-15). Retrieved on 2014 February 24.
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