Here's my entry for the contest. It's a fisheye selector. Its a fun little view of a list of category elements that act a selector for other containers on the report/dashboard.
Here's a short demo of the visualization.
The visualization can easily be extended to work with as a gallery of images from which to select; something that nytimes has done well.
Building it was (largely) fun but for some of the undocumented features of the visualization library and the online tools. In a subsequent post I will write up all the details of what it took to build it.