count (someone or something) as (something)
To see or interpret someone or something in a particular way. I count my daughter as my greatest blessing in life. You should count this as a major accomplishment—freshmen hardly ever get published in the literary magazine.
count someone or something as something
to consider someone to be a particular type of person. I count Todd as one of the possible candidates. I count this entry as a definite prizewinner.
count something as something
to treat or think of something as being a certain thing. I count this as a win. Did you count that one as a fair ball?