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dpreview.com launches Challenge of Challenges 2011

By dpreview staff on Dec 15, 2011 at 19:05 GMT

To showcase the talent and imagination shown by our Challenge hosts and entrants, we're once again running a 'Challenge of Challenges,' to find the dpreview.com Picture of the Year. This year we've made a couple of changes to the way we run this annual event. We've whittled more than 1700 challenge winners down to a more manageable 100 - selected by the dpreview editorial team. And for the first time, we're offering not only a prize for the winning entry, but also for the 'best' voter.

The winning entry (as decided by public vote) will receive a framed exhibition print produced by master printmaker Tyler Boley of Custom-Digital (size dependent on file size and quality, up to a paper size of 24x36") - worth up to $350. To add a little incentive to the voting we'll also be giving a prize (of a framed exhibition print of one of your own images) to the voter who most closely matches the final scoring. We're not going to reveal exactly how this will be calculated, but you must rate all 100 shots in order to be in with a chance of winning. So get voting!

Click here to explore and vote for the best challenge-winning images of 2011

Comments

Total comments: 14
Jan2009
By Jan2009 (Dec 17, 2011)

I think old challenge of challenge winner should not have been included. Maybe give chance to other entrants.

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Jan2009
By Jan2009 (Dec 17, 2011)

OH man, why only now.. I was quite active last year and was challenging myself to vote the best images.. there was also a time that my top 3 was also the top 3 voted from the challenges..

I will try to catch up with the voting as I am on holidays :)

Thanks!
-Norberto

0 upvotes
Dazed and Confused
By Dazed and Confused (Dec 16, 2011)

"To add a little incentive to the voting we'll also be giving a prize [...] to the voter who most closely matches the final scoring."

So to win a prize, I shouldn't score based on what I actually think of the photos, but what I think other people will think of them?

Are you not concerend that this addition could rather skew the voting, as people try to identify the photos with 'mass appeal', rather than those they truly believe to be the best?

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Dec 16, 2011)

No

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (Dec 15, 2011)

Simon... I'm more concerned about people who dish out 0.5's and 5's and often nothing inbetween. They add their total lack of criteria to the works, with zero considerations for things like elemental layout, tonal scale, overkill post-processing, rule-of-thirds, story flow... Not to mention the fact that the 1st placed work here shouldn't have been voted upon at all, since it was revealed that it wasn't in line with the rules but has not been DQ'd. It is as if a rider would took a shortcut across the hippodrome to arrive first, instead of riding the track like the rest ;)

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Mike Ronesia
By Mike Ronesia (Dec 16, 2011)

I don't think you'll ever solve this and need to take these challenges for what they are, a friendly relaxed competition. I entered a "Photography contest" before and it required sending in the raw shot as well as the PP'ed JPG and was judged by a panel of professionals. These challenges are not set up that way and everyone should understand that. I'm not saying things have to stay the same and I can think of a few modifications myself I would implement if it were up to me. If people enjoy the style DPR offers then have fun and if you don't then maybe it's just better to do something else. I am doing my best as a host to make fair, entertaining and challenging challenges and I get very few entries so it seems the masses like the open, easy style and I assume most have fun with it and many like myself learn from them. As for the often crazy scoring, it seems most of the time a top contender in my mind wins so the system, though not perfect works most of the time.

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Dec 16, 2011)

I dished out 0.5s and one 5, and most of the options in between. Is that also bad?

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By Deleted pending purge (Dec 16, 2011)

@MikeRonesia... What I'm trying to say is that by just a little additional effort on the part of the voters, including just a little less trying to promote friends' photos by vote manipulating, the results would appear so much more credible. I am aware of the DPR style and it is relaxed and enjoyable, of course, but it was obviously designed for well-minded and honest contestants. When less-than-honest try to tweak the outcome for vanity reasons, expect the fair players to react. This may never be solved entirely, but some bettering of the situation has to be attempted, IMHO.
@ljfinger... As long as you applied the votes according to your knowlege and conscience, it's okay. But there is no Challenge (or can't be) where one photo excells and all other are worthless. Yet some voting patterns show exactly that. Thus, dishing out 0.5s and one 5, AND most of the options in between is not bad.

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ju_ju
By ju_ju (Dec 17, 2011)

YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE VOTING? I have noticed one image which is from a member who has another image that won a challenge. The other winning challenge image is used on a sony lap top advert. Either the member has had the image published and made a nice sum from sony or????? I'll leave it to your imaginations. So yes dont take these challenges as Simon says as anything other than fun. Dpr cannot be that daft and must know the whiole sale cheating that is going on. Took me five minutes to find out what I did.

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commiebiker
By commiebiker (Dec 15, 2011)

got some good stuff in here

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Dec 15, 2011)

There's about 8 pics really standing out. I am never going to win the voting prize though. I stray to much from the average for that. ;).

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Dec 15, 2011)

actually i can reveal that we're most interested in how you score the entries that end up in the top 10 or 20 :-)

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leno
By leno (Dec 16, 2011)

Tried voting last night and the entries kept looping around so I gave up.

1 upvote
D1N0
By D1N0 (Dec 16, 2011)

I voted with the slideshow feature. After that i re-evaluated based on the relative ranking. Worked fine for me.

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Total comments: 14