Following the success of our "Photo of the Day" initiative which we started in 2009,
we decided to look back through all the photos uploaded during the year and choose
one for the title of Pixie 2009 Photo of the Year!
With over 500,000 photos uploaded in 2009, choosing just one was a real challenge...
How Did We Choose?
Firstly we didn't actually look at half a million photos, instead we used the Pixie
sorting algorithm which produces a real time view of the top (best) photos for a
given period of time. People always ask us how this algorithm works and we always
decline to say :). Let's just say it works!
We produced a list of the top 10,000 public photos uploaded during 2009 as determined
by the community and presented these photos on a single web page as thumbnails (oh
yes... it was a big page). The thumbnails were presented in random order and without
any details of who took the shots. We then painstakingly scrolled down through the
list and any photos which caught our eye were clicked and viewed large. An exclusion
policy was used to eliminate photos that had been uploaded less than 500px in size,
photos that had overbearing watermarks or photos that were of poor quality when
viewed large. Using a special pixie account we then voted for photos that when
viewed large were what we considered to be "truly outstanding". The list was narrowed
to 658 photos...
Another page was created, this time showing only the 658 photos and at a size of
240px. 158 photos were eliminated on this pass. We now had our longlist of 500 photos.
Still way too many...
The list was whittled down to 250 photos and the eliminations were getting really
really difficult now with some of my personal favourites being lost on this pass.
Another page was created, this time showing the remaining photos at a size 800px.
More eliminations took place until we had our shortlist - just 50 photos remained.
Choosing the Winner.
We didn't choose the winner... you did. Yesterday we asked people to DM their nominations
for Photo of the Year using Twitter and overwhelmingly, one photo kept popping up.
That photo was "Under the Rain" by GilesK and it featured on our shortlist. We had
absolutely no hesitation in agreeing with the majority that this was to be the Pixie
Photo of the Year.
UPDATE: 25th May 2010
And then just recently
we discovered that GilesK wasn't exactly the great photographer we were all led
to believe. In fact, it's likely that none of the photos uploaded to his
account were taken by him. This doesn't in any way take away from the beauty or
quality of the photos themselves, they remain absoultely inspirational... As someone
put it on Twitter, at least he had good taste!
Putting Things Right!
This now presents us with an opportunity to put two things right: Let's choose another photo,
this time from a photographer who actually took the photo themselves... and since we removed a shot,
there's room for another: the missing "gig shot"... Congratulations to PunkRock, your gig shot has
been added to the 50 top photos of 2009 (see last image below).
Pixie 2009 Photo of the Year
We asked you to leave a comment below with your choice for the new winner and overwhelmingly you choose
Dylan by Danny O'Brien (Valentia) RIP.
"Dylan" by Valentia
Not only is this a huge honour to Danny from his peers, it demonstrates the real strength and commitment
of the Pixie community, something that was clearly lost on the previous winner.
As the founder of Pixie, I am very proud to give my support to this choice and my thoughts are summed up
by this comment (below) from summerhead below:
"Many great images. I think the award should go to Valentia for "Dylan". It is a wonderful image with a great
connection with the viewer. Valentia was so obviously respected and an inspirational figure and the antithesis
of the tawdry deception that occurred with the original selection. Given his passing and the honesty and
capture of something special I am not sure further voting is that helpful. Just my thoughts."
The 50 Most Outstanding Photos in 2009
It breaks my heart to know that there are photos which deserve to be mentioned here,
but with only 50 spots it was impossible to list them all. If one of your photos
is not listed here, then I am truly sorry, it probably should have been... Here
is the final list:
"boys!!" by elponio
"no future" by Hazel
"The-Panic" by TownieLee
"I dream in technicolour..." by
"St Patricks Parade-72" by NMIPhoto
"SPF09-31" by DarrenG
"Outcast" by keithjack
"IMG_0001 double daff" by
"Amiensstreet" by Wisdo
"Odie" by jhenryexp
"Chill Out" by magdaluka
"4_mg8252" by gabsriel
"red arrows 3" by adrianmegahey
"When it's raining outside " by
"The Skelligs v2.0" by Valentia
"Gannet Colony " by LifeByTheDrop
"DSC07925" by liamp
"luke danniells usa breakdancers" by
"Puppy Love" by shortars
"poulnabrone_clare" by latchiko
"BMX'ing @ Poleberry" by FajitasGTR
"Baloon Man" by brownie
"Carlow Tree" by LifeByTheDrop
"Ballymacad Hounds" by keithjack
"cow mouse and shoe shoes 3" by
"Got to love those ears" by kefln
"alone ..." by LukT
"Small Bee - Hylaeus Male" by oshead
"220809" by ronanpalliser
"John 3-7" by Valentia
"Lion, London Zoo" by henrystuart
"New York-4" by spike
"090909090909" by dakar
"mist" by dakar
"REFLECTION" by IRELANDSOWN
"Lanc_Frei_800" by CabanSail
"The Nore at Mount Juliet - Early Morning" by mountjuliet
"Is there time to say a prayer" by
"IMG_3838" by hannedeneut
"mother and child" by liamp
"Imaginary Friend" by henrystuart
"Mahon Falls" by MddiEurphy
"cctv" by Hazel
"Phoenix Park Dublin10" by jennyrusks
"O'Donavan Rossa Bridge" by MickH51
"Loughness Seahorse Swan Monster" by
"gherkin" by henrystuart
"Light Fighters" by TheSpaceBetween
"Restarts 25600 ISO" by punkrock
From all of us at Pixie - Happy New Year to all!