A big thank you to everyone for these awards. Thank you for giving your time to access sites and giving us your views on SPG's web page backgrounds. These are much appreciated.
The people who give up their time to run award schemes offer an invaluable service to the web community. Without them giving us the benefit of their knowledge it would be much more difficult to learn and progress in this new medium. For myself each time I am getting ready to rework my pages I like to apply for awards, the advice gained I can then use to improve the site. Subject to, understanding and being able to implements their suggestions - html for instance is a minefield and one my head certainly refuses to bend around. :o)
When applying for an award I look first at the site made by the person offering the award. Some of these sites have superb design and content and are a shinning example to us all. Others offer something really unique or are very helpful and have lots of useful resources. Many I just plain liked the personality of the award giver as it came across on their site. These sites are all worthy of a visit.
These awards are placed in no particular order as I feel that they are all special, Rated or unrated, Gold or Merit. I value them all.
Search Party Graphics web page backgrounds has retired its awards activities but I have left the pages up on line for those who are interested in participating in award schemes.