What a great idea! Perhaps we could arrange judging at the annual SciPy conference (or similar) with printouts of all the submissions.
This would be a great opportunity for everybody in the community to see the broad and diverse usage of matplotlib globally, and an even greater opportunity to reflect on the amazing work that John did on bringing this fantastic community together.


On 30 August 2012 08:58, Andrew Straw <strawman@astraw.com> wrote:
Hi all,

Shocked by news of John Hunter's untimely severe health problems and now
death, I have been thinking about what we could do as a community to 1)
fuel matplotlib to further heights and 2) give everyone, but especially
John's family, some appreciation for how wide, and ongoing, his impact
is. To those ends, I envision an MPL figure contest.

I have a lot of ideas about the shape such a contest could take (it
could be an annual event, have multiple categories, have corporate
sponsored prizes, and so on). Ultimately, however, I simply don't have
the time to organize the contest myself. I do see this as an ideal
project for someone who wants to contribute to the MPL community without
necessarily requiring in-depth technical skills. Consequently, I'm
floating this idea here, and I hope someone in the community can run
with it. You would certainly have figure submissions from my lab!

Best regards,

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