The Top BGG Photographers: Nominees for the Hall of Fame
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There are plenty of GeekLists with best photos, but now it's time for a list of best photographers.

My idea is to create a "Hall of Fame" list, but I want BGG members to decide who enters the Top BGG Photographers Hall of Fame. So here are a list of nominees (which BGG members were given the opportunity to add to) for the Hall of Fame.

How it works: give a thumbs up or thumbs down for each nominee. If a nominee gains a high enough positive score of "endorsement" thumbs up votes, his entrance to the Hall of Fame is approved, and he will be inducted on a separate Hall of Fame list (forthcoming).

Conditions:
* you cannot nominate yourself on this list.
* photos must have a certain artistic quality about them (eg good lighting, composition, depth of field), and must stand out from ordinary helpful photos of game components.
* photographers on this list must have submitted at least half a dozen photos with this artistic quality to qualify for this list. A couple of good photos out of 100 is not sufficient to qualify for this list.

In short, browse some of the photos of any nominee on this list, and if you think he qualifies for the Hall of Fame, submit your "thumbs up" comment (and feel free to draw our attention to any of their better images!). You may vote for as many photographers as you think deserve to be "Hall of Famers". Rather than judging by the thumbnails, opening the selected pictures in a new window for a larger view is recommended (and if you like what you see, don't forget to give the picture a recommended "thumbs up" while you're at it, to encourage the photographer!). Note that the list is arranged by user-name, and as a result the first nominees are potentially alphabetically advantaged. In fairness, be sure to check out some of the high quality nominees towards the end of the list as well, and don't forget to check the second page of nominees! Feel free to add comments. Voting closes on January 8, 2006.

UPDATE: Results and the final Hall of Fame can be viewed here:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/16995
As I become aware of other good photographers, I will continue to add them to this list of nominees.
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26. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:121] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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NOMINEE: Merv D (Con Man)

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I just like his photos a lot. They are classy. I think the use of black & white helps with that classy look. I've used a few of them as desktop background images for a while.

 
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27. Board Game: 8th Army [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:9066]
NOMINEE: Mark Johnson (MarkEJohnson)

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Mark's photos of abstract games are especially well done.

 
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28. Board Game: Schildi Schildkröte [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:7910]
NOMINEE: Ro Sato (puppi)

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Ro Sato seems to specialize in board-and-components shots, but does an excellent job in the process!

 
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29. Board Game: Dancing Dice [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:9021]
NOMINEE: Roberto Duca (bobborobbo)

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Some of Roberto's closeups are absolutely awesome.

 
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30. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:429]
NOMINEE: Jesus Torres Castro (JESSONSO)

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Castro deserves to be included in this list for his novel idea of highlighting Alhambra components in conjunction with actual scenery.

 
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31. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:152] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
NOMINEE: David Pugh (Verti)

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Labelling some of these images does detract from the quality of David's photos, but there's no mistaking the clear and crisp nature of these lovely images.

 
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32. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:992]
NOMINEE: Jackson Potter (Squeegamer)

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Interesting photos of more abstract games seems to be Jackson's forte.

 
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33. Board Game: Enix [Average Rating:5.25 Unranked]
NOMINEE: Richard Fawkes (Fawkes)

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Perhaps not the strongest nominee, but these are some nice pictures from Richard.

 
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34. Board Game: Louis XIV [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:615]
NOMINEE: Ted Torgerson (TedTorgerson)

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Some of Ted's pictures are a little on the dark side, but there's enough good ones to earn him a nomination.

 
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35. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:455]
NOMINEE: Kimball Bent (Kimball Bent)

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It's too bad that some of Kimball's photos are so small, because many of them look fantastic.

 
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36. Board Game: Exploring [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
NOMINEE: Amy D (Luminous)

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These highlights show some of Amy's great style.

 
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37. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:5340] [Average Rating:5.82 Unranked]
NOMINEE: Jeff Coon (Jeff)

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Some classy work here from Jeff.

 
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38. Board Game: Alcatraz [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:13741]
NOMINEE: Mikko Saari (msaari)

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Mikko's contribution to the BGG picture gallery is also very good.

 
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39. Board Game: Nautilus [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2575]
NOMINEE: Tomi Korpipaa (korppu)

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Tomi has done some very nice close-up work.

 
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40. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:322]
NOMINEE: Roger Yim (Roger Yim)

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Not a lot to choose from, but Roger has done a good job with composition in these pictures.

 
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41. Board Game: Amazonas [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2800]
NOMINEE: SeonGyo Lee (fungry)

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Several of SeonGyo Lee's pictures opt for the "Titanic is sinking" angle effect, which I don't particularly care for, and he also has a somewhat annoying habit of bordering and labelling his pictures with text. I also wish he would submit his excellent pictures in a larger sized format. But he sure can come up with some amazing pictures, and a browse of his images is sure to be rewarding.

 
 
 
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42. Board Game: Conquest of the Empire [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:3514]
NOMINEE: Crypt Keeper (Gialmere)

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This user has posted a ton of pictures, over 1000 in fact! Most are fairly plain-jane vanilla images, which are very useful for when you want to know what a box cover or game components look like. But if you sift through the mass of "ordinary" photos, you will uncover some gems like these.

 
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43. Board Game: Snail's Pace Race [Average Rating:5.19 Overall Rank:17421]
RECOMMENDED: David Namaksy (Geosmores)

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David is a photographer who deserves to be on this list, but wasn't active in submitting pictures at the time this list was first made. He has some outstanding images, which show an eye for very unique perspectives and angles.

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44. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:454]
RECOMMENDED: Esa Hanka (Araneuz)

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Esa isn't as well known on BGG, and has only posted pictures here in the past year, but there's some superb stuff in his portfolio.

 
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45. Board Game: Giganten [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1784]
RECOMMENDED: Jesper Amstrup (alfons)

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In the past year Jesper has contributed some lovely photos, and his close-up macro shots are especially worth admiring.

 
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46. Board Game: Kreta [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1591]
RECOMMENDED: Matthew Marquand (matthew.marquand)

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Matthew's images only came to my attention after the Hall of Fame voting was complete, but his excellent pictures definitely deserve attention and praise.



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47. Board Game: Leonardo da Vinci [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1129]
RECOMMENDED: Andreas Resch (Gonzaga)

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Gonzaga's images also post-date the nomination process, but certainly deserve to be looked at. His macro shots are especially noteworthy.

 
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48. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:470]
RECOMMENDED: Jeremy Kalgreen (Jezztek)

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Jeremy is a recent addition to BGG, and so wasn't up for nomination a year ago. He specializes in professional-looking close-ups of components, and shows a capacity to make even the most mundane game bits look terrific on a photo!





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49. Board Game: StreetSoccer [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1981]
RECOMMENDED: Chuck & Karen Messenger (cmessenger)

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Another recent contributer of pictures here at BGG, but a high standard of work is clearly evident here.



 
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50. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:103] [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
RECOMMENDED: Martin (mpot)

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Martin has only just begin contributing images to BGG, but his pictures show careful attention to focus, depth of field, lighting, and creativity.



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