Week 43’s Top Players (Oct. 16-22, 2011)

Wedding

simon charlton •Dubai, Dubai, AE

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  • 378 points earned
  • 2 awards won
  • 4 images submitted
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Pets

Edwin S. Loyola •Los Angeles,CA, US

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VISUAL . ARTISTRY . PASSION .
I am a creator, who not only takes photos, but makes them.

  • 365 points earned
  • 3 awards won
  • 8 images submitted
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Travel

Bryan Rasmussen •Colorado Springs,CO, US

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I like to take pictures

  • 478 points earned
  • 2 awards won
  • 7 images submitted
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Landscape & Nature

Boris Frković •Zagreb,Zagreb, HR

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I live and work in Zagreb and by profession I am computer programmer.
Photography is my hobby and passion. I love to take pictures of nature and city.

  • 3306 points earned
  • 16 awards won
  • 26 images submitted
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Architecture & Design

Boris Frković •Zagreb,Zagreb, HR

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I live and work in Zagreb and by profession I am computer programmer.
Photography is my hobby and passion. I love to take pictures of nature and city.

  • 404 points earned
  • 1 awards won
  • 2 images submitted
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Portrait & People

Edwin S. Loyola •Los Angeles,CA, US

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VISUAL . ARTISTRY . PASSION .
I am a creator, who not only takes photos, but makes them.

  • 2647 points earned
  • 21 awards won
  • 51 images submitted
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Commercial & Journalism

Valentyn Kolesnyk •Киев,город Киев, UA

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  • 270 points earned
  • 1 awards won
  • 2 images submitted
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Wildlife

Rolland Gelly •Repentigny,QC, CA

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  • 1445 points earned
  • 17 awards won
  • 31 images submitted
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Sports

Angger Bondan •Surabaya,Jawa Timur, ID

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  • 121 points earned
  • 2 awards won
  • 3 images submitted
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Fine Art

Heidi Westum •Stjørdal,Nord-Trøndelag, NO

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Just love macro 🙂

  • 1591 points earned
  • 14 awards won
  • 22 images submitted
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Mobile Photos

Johnrou Bechayda •Iloilo City,Western Visayas, PH

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just an amateur photographer who takes photos when I travel

  • 220 points earned
  • 5 awards won
  • 16 images submitted
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Fashion

Adiie Winata •Jakarta Capital Region,Jakarta Capital Region, ID

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  • 93 points earned
  • 1 awards won
  • 1 images submitted
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Carlos Castro •Maracaibo,Zulia, VE

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Not much to say here, just your average kind of guy.

  • 42 points earned
  • 2 awards won
  • 6 images submitted
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Photoshop Art

Edwin S. Loyola •Los Angeles,CA, US

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VISUAL . ARTISTRY . PASSION .
I am a creator, who not only takes photos, but makes them.

  • 245 points earned
  • 4 awards won
  • 19 images submitted
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Transportation

Johnrou Bechayda •Iloilo City,Western Visayas, PH

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just an amateur photographer who takes photos when I travel

  • 336 points earned
  • 3 awards won
  • 9 images submitted
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Week 42’s Top Players (Oct. 9-15, 2011)

· Wedding ·

Debi Tipton · Littleton, CO, US

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  • 381 points earned
  • 3 awards won
  • 3 images submitted
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· Pets ·

Betty Gillis · La Vernia, TX, US

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  • 646 points earned
  • 5 awards won
  • 19 images submitted
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· Travel ·

Jon Harris · Cullompton, GB

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  • 333 points earned
  • 1 award won
  • 1 image submitted
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· Landscape & Nature ·

Boris Frkovic · Zagreb, Zagreb, HR

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I live and work in Zagreb and by profession I am computer programmer. Photography is my hobby and passion. I love to take pictures of nature and city.

  • 5342 points earned
  • 18 awards won
  • 22 images submitted
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· Architecture & Design ·

Jose Mata · Ciudad de Mexico, DF, MX

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Professional photographer for 40 years. Two books published.

  • 953 points earned
  • 3 awards won
  • 5 images submitted
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· Portrait & People ·

Edwin S. Loyola · Los Angeles, CA, US

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Visual. Artistry. Passion. I am a creator, who not only takes photos, but makes them.

  • 4270 points earned
  • 18 awards won
  • 22 images submitted
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· Commercial & Journalism ·

Marianna Armata · Montreal, QC, CA

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I am a published, award winning amateur photographer who is passionate about nature and urban environments.

  • 477 points earned
  • 4 awards won
  • 5 images submitted
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· Wildlife ·

Rolland Gelly · Repentigny, QC, CA

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  • 1134 points earned
  • 13 awards won
  • 32 images submitted
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· Sports ·

Jeannette Thalmann-Bendeth · Montclair, NJ, US

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  • 129 points earned
  • 4 awards won
  • 7 images submitted
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· Fine Art ·

Heidi Westum · Stjørdal, Nord-Trøndelag, NO

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Just love macro

  • 1513 points earned
  • 13 awards won
  • 22 images submitted
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· Mobile Photos ·

Paul Moore · Tullamore, IE

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  • 325 points earned
  • 11 awards won
  • 73 images submitted
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· Fashion ·

Ken Stachnik · Emmaus, PA, US

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Ken is a photographer, director and screenwriter living and working in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley.

  • 170 points earned
  • 4 awards won
  • 7 images submitted
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· Nudes & Boudoir ·

Ed Gregory · London, England, GBS

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  • 94 points earned
  • 3 awards won
  • 5 images submitted
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· Photoshop Art ·

Ante Gašpar · Sinj, Splitsko-dalmatinska, HR

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  • 213 points earned
  • 1 award won
  • 1 image submitted
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· Transportation ·

Frans Nasution · Jakarta Capital Region, Jakarta Capital Region, ID

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Hobby

  • 191 points earned
  • 1 award won
  • 1 image submitted
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Gary Fong’s Lightsphere Photo Contest – $1,000 Grand Prize

We are really excited about our new co-branded contest functionality and our partnership with Gary Fong to power his Lightsphere photo contest.  Gary is trying to find the best images produced using a Lightsphere (his best selling collection of flash diffusers) and we are managing the contest for him from start to finish including image submission, voting and assignment of awards.  The contest will work just like any of our weekly contests except that submissions will have to come through a custom submission page and can be in any category on Pixoto.

When Gary suggested that we run a photo contest for him I immediately knew that he was on to something big.  Photo contests are an amazing way for brands to connect with their customers and create engagement, but they are also immensely time consuming to manage.  Our ImageDuel™ system solves all of that by turning image selection over to the community in a way that can’t be gamed.

If all goes well with Gary’s contest we hope to host many more for a variety of companies.

While we know that this contest won’t be relevant to many of our members, if you happen to have a lightsphere you should check it out.  You never know, $1000 could be yours.

Learn more at http://www.pixoto.com/contest-gary-fong-lightsphere

ImageDuel Preloading is LIVE!

Since the beginning of time (well of Pixoto anyway) we’ve known the best way to handle the transitions in ImageDuel was to preload the next set of images while you were deciding on the first.  This would dramatically speed up the duel process and create a far better user experience.  Unfortunately it also turned out to be really, really hard.  Now Scott (our CTO) is, quite simply, one of the best programmers on the planet and if anybody could make it work – he could.  We know it sounds simple – but given all sorts of challenges like session data, race conditions and an iterating algorithm – it really isn’t.  But he has persisted and after months of putting up with the dreaded spinning wheel:

ImageDuel Preloading is LIVE!

We hope you enjoy the new ImageDuel just that much more – and we congratulate Scott on a job well done.

Keep in mind if you choose images too fast you’ll still see the wheel – so pace yourself and really critique the images in front of you.

We know Pixoto is fun – but can it help your business?

Of course the answer to the above is “YES” — in so many ways! Pixoto helps you by enhancing skills, understanding how your photography is viewed, offering validation for prospective clients, enhancing self-confidence, exposing your work to more people, etc. etc.  But how about enhancing your Google credibility?

We just did a study:  We took 333 Players who had won at least 1 award on Pixoto and ran a Google search for their names.  We then recorded the placement of their Pixoto profile page in the search results.  What we found surprised us — especially since we haven’t even started to focus on SEO yet:

51% of the time the Player’s profile appeared in the top 5 results.  20% of the time it was the #1 result!

Prospective clients will usually Google you before hiring you.  And when they do, Pixoto provides you with a nice place for them to land.  A place where your work has been evaluated by your peers and deemed worthy.

Don’t take our word for it.  Go Google yourself!

New Release: Award Autoshare & Forgot Password

We just completed a new release of Pixoto with the following enhancements:

  • Facebook/Twitter awards autoshare:  From now on we will automatically post an award notification to your Facebook wall or Twitter feed if your Player settings are set to do this.  The post will simply say: “My images just won [Number of Awards] ‘best of’ awards on Pixoto.com!” and will link to your profile (or your image in the case that you have only won one award).  We believe this feature is great for our Players because it helps expose more people to your photography and increases your credibility – and good for us because it exposes more people to Pixoto.  A true win-win.  You can set this feature on and off on your player settings page.
  • Forgot your password?  You can have your password reset now.  Also – if you try to log in with email when you previously signed up with Facebook we’ll let you know.  This is the kind of basic usability we are focusing on as we move closer to version 1.0
  • Some ImageDuel enhancements that are necessary to do pre-loading of images.
  • Other bugs and stuff

Let us know if you experience any issues and, as always, keep the feedback coming.

No more ties!

We’ve gotten some pretty consistent feedback from our users that they don’t like the “It’s a tie” button in ImageDuel. They have also told us that they want the ability to skip image pairs that they don’t feel qualified, or interested, in voting on. Unfortunately we also came to the realization that people were actually using the former to accomplish the latter and this wasn’t good for the consistency of our ratings.

So as of now you can’t choose “It’s a tie” but you can refuse to vote on the images by pressing skip.

This will also help alleviate the problem where two images of inferior quality were paired together. Previously you’d have to vote tie or choose a winner and that will increase the ImageScore of one or both of the images. Now, if you choose skip, the chances are in the next pairing it will be a different set of image and there will be a clear winner. So for now go ahead and skip image pairs where both are of inferior quality (or where you can’t decide).

We’re interested in your feedback so feel free to comment below.

We have a Blog!

We probably should have done this sooner, but better late than never.  We’ll post updates here about the lastest goings on at Pixoto.  We hope to also include content from our members in the near future.

Stay tuned.