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09-23-2007, 01:33 AM   #1
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photo of the year!

A thought I had, which I would like to put as a suggestion.
We have monthly competitions, and maybe even selected winners of weekly comps, I thought, perhaps the winners of each competition during the year, might be put up in a 'Photo of the Year" competition, perhaps voted on by members as in the monthly competitions.
I know, they would be from many different categories, but what the heck, it would be something to aspire to.
I put this question now BEFORE I have won a competition this year.

What do you reckon fellow members?

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Not a bad idea at all. These competitions are healthy way to express ourselves and test our creative photographic abilities. I have participated in many of the so-called 'weekly' contests, although they have been active for a year now and we are only on week 30. Compared to the 'Monthly Contest' that "Mo" runs this one is very informal or casual. However, I feel that it's current judging structure is basically flawed. Contestants are appealing to the artistic whims of one individual. To be more fair to the entrants I feel that there should be a broader base for judgment, but I not sure what that may be.

Your suggestion to have a contest that features all of the winners from the past 52 (calendar) weeks definitely has merit. However, as there is such a broad spectrum of themes it may be difficult, or even unfair, to lump them all in together. I don't know - what should we do? Maybe we should see if more members are interested and if so, try to reach some sort of consensus. (The democratic socialist in me is oozing out again!)
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I like the idea - however as Jeff mentioned the logistics present some challenges. If the Mo monthly photo contests average 30 a month x 12 that is a boat load of photos to look through - add in the weekly challenges.

One way may be to take all the winners and have a 'showdown' - perhaps in the 12th month they ‘Shown Down Month” with the previous 11 winners. In the last month they have weekly challenges with maybe the top 5 move on to week two - top 3 to week three and a final showdown for the top two in week 4.

There are many ways this could happen and I think you have stumbled onto something here

The winner could get ...well haha I'll let others chime in.
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QuoteOriginally posted by daacon Quote
The winner could get ....
....The prestigious "Picture of the Year Award"!!!!! :-)

In my racing league we have different "badges" given out for different categories such as The Division A Champion, The Constructors Championship, etc etc. One of our Photoshop gurus designs the badges and the winner gets to add it to his signature. That would be pretty cool.

Maybe there could be different categories, Scenics, Sports, Wildlife etc etc.....just thinking here.......


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QuoteOriginally posted by Eaglerapids Quote
...."Picture of the Year Award"
... One of our Photoshop gurus designs the badges and the winner gets to add it to his signature. That would be pretty cool.
Yeah! I like that!
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Did I open a can of worms here ??
I agree with all the foregoing comments, you are all spot on. Yes, the logistics are a bit overwhelming.
Perhaps it could be confined to the winners ( and maybe runner up) of the monthly competition only. That would be maybe 24 photos or thereabouts.
Categories?? Yes difficult to solve.
Then again, each would be judged by technical quality, colour (incB&W), originality, sharpness, DOF etc etc.
When boiled down, perhaps, I have let my imagination run out of control a little.
After all it's just a thought to kick around a bit.
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An Idea

You all have great comments... and it would be hard to choose One winner out of them all and for what catagory??? It would be hard.. But photo of the year.. would be an overall picture... Grand Champion of a fair or contest is the overall winner of all catagories.. right?

so.. what if we grouped all the winners.. (montly and weekly).. Yes I understand this is a hug numbers of photos.. but we have to start somewhere.. From there people would pick thier top 3 ... Then that group is what gets voted on??

Technically, it would be a winners circle contest.... Plus if a person has more than one or two entries (weekly mostly).. then perhaps they would need to choose thier personal favorite so they only have one entry.. that may cut it down a bit as well???

I am really just thinking out loud but it would be interesting. Then maybe the picture of the year could be posted on the main page in the upper corner to give incentive for the coming year???

thoughts???

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Yes, mtnbearhug, the very lines along which I was thinking.
I know, a lot of the logistics have not been ironed out, but if all interested parties tossed in their ideas, we could come up with something workable.
But, if it doesn't come about, not to worry, many an idea died because it wasn't floated in the first place.

Any more thoughts out there, even very critical ones??
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This sounds like a great idea, guys!

Do you have any thoughts as to how we would preliminarily select the entires for the contest? I'm thinking something along the lines of the nomination of photos posted by any user anywere on the site. Nominations would be posted in a thread, and if two others second a nomination, that photo would be entered in the contest. What do you think?

The monthly contests and weekly challenges could prove to be a good source of submissions!

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Hi Mo
That sounds like not such a bad idea.
Maybe at the end of a monthly comp nominations from the, perhaps top 5 or 6 voted photos could be called for.
I don't know, I am finding myself beginning to think I have opened a bit of a puzzle here, just how to work all this.
Maybe I should have done a bit more thinking about the logistics before I jumped in.
However, I am still very much in favour of the idea.
It would be something for one of the members to be voted photo of the year, WOW. What a kick that would be.

Thanks for the support and positive comments, guys (and gals)
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Good Idea!!

QuoteOriginally posted by Mo Quote
Do you have any thoughts as to how we would preliminarily select the entires for the contest? I'm thinking something along the lines of the nomination of photos posted by any user anywere on the site. Nominations would be posted in a thread, and if two others second a nomination, that photo would be entered in the contest. What do you think?

The monthly contests and weekly challenges could prove to be a good source of submissions!
I like that idea Mo.. Having people look over the last years worth of contest photos and then entering thier favorite(s).. (There would be a limit on how many a person could enter right?) and I would think that a person could not enter or "second" thier own, it would have to be from others.... ????

Then you could also top off the ballet at the first 20 or 30 photos entered in with two "seconds".. Then narrow it down by public voting to the top 10.. then maybe the winners of the monthly contest can be the deciding panel?? or something.??

Just thinking out loud again.. !!!
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......Just a thought......why not something like a vote off on the twelve winners of the monthly theme contest .....
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I second the thought by gpaual .
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Yes and I support that.
When the idea first came to me, I thought we dont need something bigger than 'Ben Hur'.
The 'KISS' system, should apply "Keep IT Simple ******"
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????

Did we drop this subject or did we come to an argreement to do it or not and how????

Just curious....
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