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ATP Photo Contest: Cast Your Votes for the Best of Show

By dave
December 4, 2015

The first place winning photos in each category are now revealed, but voting isn't over! You now must choose your favorites from among them. The ones with the most votes will receive the Best of Show microbadge. You have 48 hours to vote.

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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Dec 5, 2015 6:19 AM CST

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Two of the photos in this contest were disqualified and removed. If you had previously used one of your votes to vote for either of these photos, then your vote for that image has also been removed and you can now go back in and use that vote to choose another one.

Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
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greene
Dec 5, 2015 7:06 AM CST
I don't understand...which two photos are gone? How do we know if we used one of our votes for either/both?
I went back to the voting page and it says I have one vote left...but it does not show any of the red check marks that I already added to certain photos.

Please help. Thank You!
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Dec 5, 2015 7:39 AM CST

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If you have a vote left then one of the ones you voted for was removed.

Greene, I checked and you have one vote remaining. The other two votes are still there and the red check should show up for you.
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
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greene
Dec 5, 2015 8:27 AM CST
Thanks. When I checked (twice) this morning there were no red checks for me to see.
I can see them now and will make my final vote.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator Hummingbirder Salvias Butterflies Birds
Plant Identifier Vegetable Grower Container Gardener Seed Starter Cat Lover Region: Georgia
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Danita
Dec 5, 2015 8:54 AM CST
I'm only seeing one photo that has changed since yesterday morning in the final 16 photos. Is that correct? Shrug!
(Maybe the other one was changed before then?)
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
Bulbs Foliage Fan Tropicals Butterflies Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents
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purpleinopp
Dec 5, 2015 9:11 AM CST
Are you able to say why they were disqualified?
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Dec 5, 2015 9:14 AM CST

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The first photo to be disqualified was removed almost immediately after voting began so few people saw it. It was removed because it had been entered in last year's photo contest at ATP.

The 2nd photo was not able to be proven to be owned by the person who submitted it.
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator Hummingbirder Salvias Butterflies Birds
Plant Identifier Vegetable Grower Container Gardener Seed Starter Cat Lover Region: Georgia
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Danita
Dec 5, 2015 9:16 AM CST
Okay, thanks for the info!
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 5, 2015 10:05 AM CST
Thumbs up
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
Bulbs Foliage Fan Tropicals Butterflies Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents
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purpleinopp
Dec 5, 2015 11:31 AM CST
TY. And TYVM for administrating the fun!!
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Coatesville IN (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Hummingbirder Lilies Region: Indiana Dog Lover Echinacea
Butterflies Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Claudia
Dec 5, 2015 12:23 PM CST
I agree Thank You!

Shame it was not caught sooner so that someone else's photo had a shot at winning. Good luck to the remaining photos!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Dec 5, 2015 1:11 PM CST

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Claudia said: Shame it was not caught sooner so that someone else's photo had a shot at winning. Good luck to the remaining photos!


I agree completely. It's really not fair for the rightful winner of that category which has no chance at getting Best of Show since it only got its position this morning, only 12 hours before the voting ended. But I don't see there's anything I can do.

Next year I will have additional checks in place to try to further prevent these kinds of things from happening.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Tip Photographer Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus
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Horntoad
Dec 5, 2015 1:28 PM CST
Nullify the best of show voting and restart it. I know it throws off the time table, but that is the only fair way I see.
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Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Photography Bee Lover Region: Utah Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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dirtdorphins
Dec 5, 2015 2:03 PM CST
Well, heck, to be fair then the veg/fruits and the perennial category should start over first...all those wasted first place votes would have surely ended up somewhere!
That would really throw off the time table Sighing!
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Tip Photographer Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus
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Horntoad
Dec 5, 2015 2:08 PM CST
dirtdorphins said:Well, heck, to be fair then the veg/fruits and the perennial category should start over first...all those wasted first place votes would have surely ended up somewhere!
That would really throw off the time table Sighing!


That's true that a complete restart would be the only completely fair way, but that would be a bit much. Restarting the Best of Show voting would be a compromise that would only delay by 48 hours, and give those in the affected categories a better chance.

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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Dec 5, 2015 2:51 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

I'm not going to nullify the best of show because that would mean deleting votes and asking them to revote and that just doesn't feel right.

Extending the voting by another couple days, though, I have no problems doing that at all, and I'm going to do just that.
Name: Asa

Bee Lover Garden Photography Region: Utah Garden Ideas: Master Level
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evermorelawnless
Dec 5, 2015 2:58 PM CST
dave said:I'm not going to nullify the best of show because that would mean deleting votes and asking them to revote and that just doesn't feel right.

Extending the voting by another couple days, though, I have no problems doing that at all, and I'm going to do just that.


Agreed.

Maybe making a broader post on the front page, too, would be a good idea. Not everyone follows these sub threads. Perhaps an announcement asking people to check their votes because a couple of the pictures have been necessarily changed - and that votes for those pictures have been removed.

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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Dec 5, 2015 3:00 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

Way ahead of you.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Identifier
Frillylily
Dec 5, 2015 3:44 PM CST
I don't understand what happened with the photo that was removed because the person couldn't prove it was theirs? How would a person prove a photo was theirs? I don't think I could prove any of mine photos were mine ? Confused
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Dec 5, 2015 3:51 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

The photo was plastered all over the internet, and on the photographers website itself, where he claimed copyright on the image. The person who uploaded it to our contest said it was an honest mistake and asked me to pull it from the contest.

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