Is the title of this blog confusing?? Well it shouldn't be. Lately there was a debate on the board about whether assignment images should be shown first in the MOST POPULAR section in our portfolio. I had voted that they shouldn't be. The reason was simple. An assignment image if approved just takes a week to reach level 5. It might be worth that level, but then it spoils the fun in the most POPULAR section. Fancy this I am a member since September 2006. And it has dawned May 2009 to actually have an image reach level 5 by virtue. The image on the left of an Indian beggar girl lying on a floor covered with yellow turmeric outside a temple is the prize image :)
This image has been online since 12/06/2006 . Its my bestseller on DT. Today it celebrated its 100th download. I am so happy! The timing couldn't have been better. It happens just 2 days before my birthday. I have had many images which were of level 5 due to assignment submissions, but I always thought that these images which are actually LEVEL 5 by downloads are missing the limelight that they deserve. They were always overshadowed by the assignment images, which took the credit of being most popular images in my portfolio. Now the question arises here..... How will a regular or normal user understand that this image is not an assignment image. I normally turn the exclusivity of assignment images OFF after they have been online for a year, so the exclusivity flag will also disappear. It feels good though whatever the results. This image has broke through the odds and made it here. And more are following. Wish everyone "LEVEL 5" images that reach that status by their virtue as well :)
Love n' Regards
Photo credits: Nikhil Gangavane.