Voting in photo contest starts today

The outdoor photo entries are in — more than 200 of them — and now the fun begins. It's time for the Trailspace community to vote and determine the winners of our first-ever photo contest. Here's how voting works:

Each photo submitted has its own thread under the appropriate category:

Go to any thread. Look at the picture in the first post. Under the picture click on the number of stars you want to rate the photo next to "Your rating" (see right). Potential votes range from 0.5 stars (hate it) to 5 stars (love it), with half star options in between.

You also can click on the image and view a larger version of it in the member's photo album. There you also can cast your vote. Just click on the stars next to "Your rating" to the bottom right of the picture.

You get only one vote per picture, regardless of where it's cast. If you change your mind on your vote, you can update your vote anytime before voting closes on Wednesday, April 14. Just reclick on the stars.

Votes are not public. You are the only one who can see your own ratings. After contest results are tallied, the average ratings of images will be made public.

You can vote all at once, or over the two week period.

You can rate every photo submitted in the contest or just a couple. However, the more votes cast, the better.

Starting April 15, we'll tally the results, notify the winners, and announce the results here.

Thanks to everyone who entered for sharing their outdoor photographic adventures with all of us.


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Comments

GaryPalmer
200 reviewer rep
4,070 forum posts
April 1, 2010 at 12:25 p.m. (EDT)

I went to one picture and clicked the amount of stars I wanted as my vote. Then do I click reply or what?

Bill S
TOP 10 REVIEWER REVIEW CORPS
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5,251 forum posts
April 1, 2010 at 12:48 p.m. (EDT)

Good question, Gary. Plus the following - are we supposed to rate all photos, only ones we like, or pick our top 4 or 5 and rate just those? I get a partial answer in the article, but maybe more explicitly having a "How to vote" paragraph -

How To Vote

1. click on whatever to start rating the images you want to rate

2. rate as few or many as you wish

3. etc

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finally, cast your vote, confirm your rating, whatever, by clicking on the "Final Submission" button

tommangan
0 reviewer rep
415 forum posts
April 1, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT)

I just went through and starred the ones I liked... didn't experience any limits.

Dave MacLeay (Dave)
TRAILSPACE STAFF
234 reviewer rep
938 forum posts
April 1, 2010 at 2:24 p.m. (EDT)

You don't need to click reply or anything else to save your rating. Just click on the stars to rate the photo and your rating will be saved automagically. You may rate as many photos as you like (or dislike), and you can come back and change your ratings later if you change your mind.

tommangan
0 reviewer rep
415 forum posts
April 1, 2010 at 3:10 p.m. (EDT)

I was curious about what happens if somebody posts a comment after the contest starts. Does this move a picture to the top of the queue? I was wondering if that feature ought to be turned off in case it unfairly biases users.

On the other hand it would also allow some of the very first pictures posted, which might be near the bottom of the list, to move back up to the top.

Dave MacLeay (Dave)
TRAILSPACE STAFF
234 reviewer rep
938 forum posts
April 1, 2010 at 8:05 p.m. (EDT)

New comments will bring a thread to the top of the list. Not ideal, especially for those using "previous" and "next" to scroll through the entries, but it seemed important to let people keep commenting and discussing the entries.

Jim S
37 reviewer rep
747 forum posts
April 4, 2010 at 9:01 p.m. (EDT)

I only rated photos that I wanted to give a 3.5 or higher sort of "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything". I don't understand the judging algorithme.

Jim S

Doc-Dean
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1 forum posts
April 12, 2010 at 8:22 a.m. (EDT)

When's the next contest start?

Alicia
TRAILSPACE STAFF
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2,991 forum posts
April 12, 2010 at 8:59 a.m. (EDT)

Well, we haven't even finished this one, so we'll have to wait and see, Doc-Dean, but it's been great to have so much participation and interest. We'd like to do it more regularly (certainly more regularly than every 9 years!).

We're in the last three days of voting. So, if anyone still wants or needs to vote on images, get it done between now and the end of Wednesday. We'll start tallying on Thursday.

trouthunter
MODERATOR REVIEW CORPS
968 reviewer rep
3,470 forum posts
April 12, 2010 at 9:19 a.m. (EDT)

I have finished looking at all the photos, and voted.

There were some that just captured the essence of outdoor adventuring, or had a unique perspective and it wasn't always the flashy colorful ones, although those were impressive.

I like photos that convey the real trail experiences one has, or captures wildlife unaware.

I enjoyed all of the photos, and if we do this again I'll be prepared with a few photos of my own. This contest has inspired me to go out and learn how to be a better photographer. Up till now I've just been a P&S guy, but I've got my eye on a Nikon a buddy has who is fixing to trade up.

Alicia
TRAILSPACE STAFF
501 reviewer rep
2,991 forum posts
April 15, 2010 at 6:31 a.m. (EDT)

Thanks to everyone who participated in our first Trailspace member photo contest. The voting period has ended and we will be announcing the winners shortly. (While members can still rank photos on the site, only votes cast during the voting period will count in contest results.)

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