It's very close on the voting, isn't it? Thought it would be an outright win for 'points' initially, but it's looking like 50/50 almost.
Each of the judges has decided their favourite entries in their own way this year. Previous years I've tried awarding points for Painting, Converting, Story, Composition, Use Of Space, Originality and Wow Factor. But this doesn't always work - once or twice an entry that has high scores in all the boxes bar one or two might score very highly overall, but somehow doesn't feel right. Another entry might make me leap up in my chair and cry out in joy, but due to poor painting might not score as highly as another one that got good average marks across the board. It's a system that lends itself to 'averaging out' entries and the quirky stuff that might otherwise deserve recognition tends to suffer because of it.
So this year I have personally decided my top 3 mainly on gut reactions.Wow Factor and Story have been my main requests. My winner made me go 'Ahah!' out loud and check to see if there was anyone around I could show it to (there wasn't, I lead a lonely life) so that others could share in it. My second place lost out because in my opinion, it just didn't grab me in the same way and make me wish I had created it. Even though it had some very strong elements on the tick list. My third place entry only just edged it over what would be my fourth choice, and those two choices were ranked differently by the 5 judges - it was between entry C and D for me, and one of them just edged it. And it edged it because I'm a ham and love a bit of Old School diorama building but I feel bad about the other entry losing out.
i'm trying to remain vague about the details as I don't want to give away results yet.