Why Your Google Authorship Photo Suddenly Stopped Displaying In Search Results
rel=author"and that my contributor section on my profile had reciprocal links back to the sites with all my authorship content. After verifying all that, I was still baffled as to why it wasn't working. Then on one snowy day being stuck inside from a blizzard, I found this thread: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/webmasters/gTt2Bj6zQdo
After reading through practically every thread, I was finding that this was a common issue but wasn't finding a succinct reason as to why this was occurring. Until I came across two responses from two different posters: Grace Massa Langlois and David Deering.
Thanks to these helpful souls, I learned that Google was doing some experimenting behind the scenes lately with rich snippets, including authorship snippets which has resulted in sometimes your profile image and your author name not being displayed. And sometimes it's just your author name, and sometimes neither. I realized my authorship was working just fine, hence why it was displaying my author name in search results and not my photo.
Check these links below for a more in depth explanation.