New award for 2014: Most versatile portfolio

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I propose a new kind of award for year 2014 in addition to the old, category based ones: "Most versatile portfolio". To win the title of the Best Photographers of the Year and get an Accolade in this, your portfolio must contain awarded photos from many different categories. Now it seems that a lot of Pixoto members are specialized in only one or a couple of subjects such as for example flowers and/or birds. And this is of course ok and a matter of personal choice. On the other hand I at least appreciate versatility and shooting different kinds of subjects also helps you to build up your skills as a photographer overall.
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Thank you for your suggestion Mia, I will forward it to the management.
What do you think would be the minimum number of categories for user to get this suggested award?
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Well, under Photography Pixoto has 23 subcategories, so perhaps the minimum should be around 1/3 of that, so let's say 7 but no more than 10. The exact amount is hard for me to say, but something like that.
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I think that is a great idea, Mia...
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Thank you Susan! I like versatility :)
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So, I wonder how this would be awarded - should it be based on the most awarded images in the most categories, or the ranking of each image? For example, would the award go to someone with 10 first place photos in five categories, or the person with 20 3rd place photos in 10 categories? Would we base the award strictly on the number of categories one recieves awards of any kind in, or would the strength of those awards somehow be tabulated?

Absolutely love the idea though... IMO, a good photog should be well-rounded...
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Interesting points - I haven't yet thought it through on that level. What's your opinion? Overall I think this could be something that would make the competition between photographers even more interesting.
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I agree, and always have, that the tog who at least shows versatility, creativity and imagination, even within a single category, and scores well on all levels, instead of pumping out shot after shot of the same subject, should be recognized for their overall talent.

If I see 100 highly scored shots of an eagle flying with fish in its talons, it's like enough already. It's boring! Shows little creativity and imagination.
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Mia Ikonen

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Thank you John for your input, I appreciate it! I also get bored quite easily if I have to look at images that are too similar. By the way - I love your work! You take amazing and versatile images that are of course technically flawless, but what impresses me most is the atmosphere you manage to capture in each shot. Bravo!
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Thanks for the kind words, Mia!
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Mia Ikonen

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Your welcome John!
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Not sure how I would like to see it done, Mia... I guess the most reasonable way to do it would be to set a minimum number of categories, first of all... I haven't counted, but I think you said earlier there were 24... 25% of that would be 6, so 6 categories seems reasonable. Then you'd have to establish a minimum number and type of award to qualify. While top 20% in some categories is an achievement, in others it doesn't really say much, so I would think it should be limited to those who have had a top ten placement in each of 6 categories.

So, then the tricky question becomes do you fix placements based on image scores, points awarded, or what? Just off the top of my head, since points vary wildly from category to category, that probably isn't the fairest way to do it. Image scores change from minute to minute, so not sure that works quite best either... It could be based on the sheer number/average of awards (ie tabulate each person's placements into a number, average it, and the lowest average number wins (ie: if someone wins 2 first places, 3 second places and a 5th place, their number would be 11, divided by 6, therefore, their score is 1.8. The guy who gets 3 second places, a fourth place, a 6th place and a 9th place would have a # of 25, divided by the 6, for a score of 4.16.) Because you're taking the average, score and points don't matter, it will boil down to the person with the highest average of wins. Because its an average, quantity won't alter the results - the average should be comparable whether one has 6 winning images or 30. The highest possible score would be the lowest number - one - this would be a person who has first place with all images... Hope I've explained this so someone besides myself can understand ;-)

Or... Maybe there doesn't need to be placements... Maybe its just an award issued to those who meet the requirements...
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There are really many things to consider here, and you had many good points in your comment. Let's see what the management thinks about my idea and your mathematics :)
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I think it's a really good idea :-)

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