Nominees are rated from 1 to 10, where 10 is amazing, 5 is cool, and 1 is unremarkable. Comments are below each image.
Bio: I'm Tlogmer on Wikipedia; I designed the Wikimania logo and I write a wikipedia-themed blog. Away from the LCD, I'm a tech writing student and punk-ish keyboard player. I'm judging Location Photos, Nature Photos, Portrait Photos, Sketches/Artwork, Maps and Diagrams. (Judicial philosophy: Photos should say something complete, draw emotion, and reflect reality.)
Photographs of Places
The British Museum Reading Room: Awesome colors, amazing sharpness, symetry made overwhelming rather than dull. Single tiny face peeking out at the center of this overwhelming mass of books and papers seems makes the photo a bit droll.
Filbert Street, North Beach, San Francisco: The light's great. And it's so sharp! Zoom in and you can make out people's faces. Well-composed; looks good from a distance also; makes you feel like you know what the city's like.
Golden Gate Bridge from below at Fort Mason: Wow. Just a great picture. Sharpness, nice composition, emotion, etc.
Another Place: Great shot: sharp, well-composed, etc. The emotional register is so unfamiliar that it's hard to evaluate.
Captain Cook Memorial Fountain and National Library: This isn't a technical tour de force, like the british museum photo, but the subject matter makes it a beautiful shot: it's a memorial to captain Cook. The spare appearance of the memorial (and the spare composition of the photo) reflect the views that cook probably spent most of his life looking at: sky and sea -- in other words, he would have approved of the photo. (This sounds like overanalysis, but it really was a gut emotional reaction to the picture, albiet one I'm not explaining particularly well.)
Passy Viaduct: The long-exposed traffic light and blue neon, combined with the soft light on the metal, give it a painterly cyberpunky anime look. However, there's not much context: is the pathway usually so empty of people?
Mount Shasta: Unremarkable when zoomed-out, but it's incredibly detailed: zoom in and you really feel like you're inside this small western town. The pickup truck going through the yellow light furthers the sense of reality.
Less than 5 points
4: Mt Hotham (Kind of cool, nice sense of place, detail); Utah desert; NYC skyline
3: Australian War Memorial (closeup); Kennedy's Hut; Golden Gate (dark)
2: Australian Parliment; Australian War Memorial (full shot); Dinner plain
8: Ant Morphology: A cool glass of water for technical illustration junkies (just me?). Lays out a complex subject with complete clarity. (Look at the subtle color differences between -- say -- the Tergite and the Sternite (in the tail) to get an idea of how much thought went into this.) Prints well. Don't care for the font.
7: Han foreign relations: You can see the real (rather than jurisdictional) outlines of an ancient society, with tendrils percolating off. Nation as organism. (Too bad the image isn't big enough to print well.)