I've taken your comments to heart, and although a few of you advocated keeping the public voting, the majority -- some of whom left comments below, others who emailed me -- would prefer having a professional choose the winners.
Here are my thoughts:
I spent most of yesterday looking at the photos that finished on top in the public voting, and to be brutally honest, while they were good, they just were not among the best photos submitted. So I asked myself: What's accomplished by rewarding good, but not great, photos? What do we all learn from it? Frankly, not much.
The idea is to improve. There are lots of ways to improve: Classes, books, looking at others' photos, the simple experience of shooting thousands of images. And an important way is to get the opinion of a variety of professionals.
So last night I asked John Blanding, a Globe assistant chief photographer who helped us cull the September entrants down to 50, to pick the Top 10 finishers in order. He chose them from the top 30 as voted by you, so there still was some public voting involved.
I'm going to continue involving professionals, some from the Globe or Boston.com, some from outside the company. I'm still not sure at what stage I'll bring them in, and whether I'll continue any public voting, but for now, we have our October winners, and I'll post them by 1 p.m.
Thanks for helping me make this decision and caring about the site as much as you do.
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