Hey Tumult, thank you for your feedback!
The nature of the awards is such that it is, for the most part, subjective. People have varying opinions on all subjects and matters, therefore polls are the easiest way to come to a conclusion as to who is the most popular, the least popular etc. While the idea of counting autographs is probably a more accurate way of representing the popularity of an individual, it, for the most part, is impractical and heavily time/resource consuming.
For the community contribution we felt that a contribution may be defined in a plethora of ways. Oczosinko, in my opinion, has contributed a great deal to the community by providing funny, creative content in the form of silly YouTube videos about various situations the CS:GO community can relate to, therefore, he has made a contribution to it. Same goes with kn0nker's amazing caricatures that gained a lot of traction because people absolutely loved them.
In terms of journalism it was a difficult call, however we decided that all in all Richard had the largest impact on the scene through exposing the aforementioned scandals. If this hadn't been done there would definitely be less conversation about these problems and therefore less awareness, which in this situation is a negative.