• Darren

    Hi Neil,

    The quality of the submissions this time around is excellent and I enjoyed seeing them. I would love to see an extra field so the artist can give a brief comment on their submission – perhaps a title, any techniques explored, intentions and shooting conditions.

    As I mentioned previously, I would like to see the voting system revised. It has to be more than JUST popular vote. I think a model that uses a combination of popular vote and expert opinion would be good. Perhaps the expert judges have the power to award 10 votes to their most favoured pic, 7 to second place, and 4 to third place.

    Expert judges could be serious amateurs whose help you conscript from other photographic sites. Also, to receive some feedback on your pic from these judges and suggestions for improvement would be great! It would mean that this competition is also about learning to love and appreciate photography and learning to improve yourself as a photographer.

    February 22, 2008
  • Denear

    Hi Neil,
    I like the open system of voting, as it is not only professional qualities which should garnish a winning submission, but also popular vote. It should be a photograph that speaks to the viewer, notwithstanding his status as an amateur or professional.
    I do have a suggestion none the less, I would prefer not to know who the photographer was. I beleive you should withold this information until the winner/s are announced. By all means at that time all participants should be acknowledged in full.
    Thanks for allowing me my 2 cents worth.
    Sorry I missed this challenge/contest, so I am nowt officially subscribed to your RSS feed.

    February 22, 2008
  • they are all great submissions – very hard choice.
    I agree with previous people comments – an unbiased judge help the casting vote .Some photographers can have lots of friends voting .

    February 22, 2008
  • Naomi

    WOW, the entries this time are fabulous. Congratulations to all of you. It makes selecting my top 3 very hard.

    I agree with Denear about hiding the photographers name. This could become something which biases people’s votes, so definitely remove that.

    I imagine many of the photographers entering this comp are serious amateurs or professionals, so they would have a good idea of what is a good photo. I think if you bring in an “expert”, it takes a bit of the fun away too. If the expert were to give an extra 10 points to their favourite, then that would mean someone who has only one vote could win, instead of the person who already has 10 and is a clear favourite. A broad spectrum of votes from different people is a fair way to do it I believe.

    If there were serious prizes up for grabs, then perhaps an expert vote might be called for, but I think this system is quite good.

    February 22, 2008
  • Some great entries here!

    As per earlier comments above, I think removing the photographer’s name would be useful (although that would mean you need to host a higher resolution version of each photo, rather than linking to a larger version on flickr or on the photographer’s website).

    February 27, 2008
  • Darren

    I think my point is self-evident when you see the voting results! I disagree that having informed judges takes away the fun. In fact it’s no fun when someone gets all their friends to vote for them and they win by popular vote when everyone knows there are photos that have more artistic and technical merit that might not have won the popular vote.

    I think you can have the best of both worlds by having both votes. Perphaps another alternative is to have categories.. Artistic merit, technical skill and popular appeal?

    February 29, 2008

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