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25% of the entries in a category win ribbons. They are distributed as Blue (top 5%), Red (next 5%), White (next 5%) and Yellow (next 10%). It can get confusing, especially when there are ties for scores that cause overlap. So here’s an example and another explanation at the end:
  • 27 total images (25% wins a ribbon, which is 6.75 rounded up to 7 total):
  • 5% Blue (1.35 ribbons, rounds down to 1). There were three with the same top score, so at this point 3 total ribbons awarded. 2 eaten into the next set of ribbons.
  • 5% Red (1.35 ribbons, rounds down to 1) — so top 10% wins Blue or Red (2.7 total ribbons, rounds up to 3 total, 3 already filled by Blue, 0 remaining for Red). At this point still, 3 total ribbons awarded, but none of them are Red.
  • 5% White (1.35 ribbons, rounds down to 1) — so top 15% wins Blue, Red, or White (4.05 total ribbons, rounds down to 4 total. 3 already filled by Blue (3) and Red (0) winners, so 1 remaining for white). Since two had the same score for 4th place, they both got white. At this point, 5 total ribbons awarded. 1 eaten into the Yellow ribbons.
  • 10% Yellow (2.7 total ribbons, rounds up to 3) — but only top 25% wins a ribbon (6.7 total ribbons, rounds up to 7 total, 5 already awarded, so only 2 remaining for Yellow). All 7 ribbons now awarded.

It can seem confusing when score ties occur, but think of it this way — if the Phillies and Marlins were tied for first place with 95-67 records, and the Mets had a 93-69 record, would the Mets be in second place or third place? Just because the two teams above them had the same record, it doesn’t change the fact that they have the third-best record, so they are still in third place.

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