I do have to say...and i think everyone should pay attention to this...that these competitions are only going to work if the people in them are acting honestly and if votes are genuine and votes aren’t simply generated for a title (be that 1st, 2nd or 3rd place).
Take the shots for #3 and #4 as examples...
Here is my case:
They are both very nice photos, taken, as seems to me, by the same photographer. (if i am wrong please excuse me). The general execution is the same, subject is the same, both long exposure shots. So they do bear similarities pointing to a primary photographer.
When looking at the vote counter, specifically at the names of the voters voting, i see 2 voters (namely: "fan_o_fotos" and "photojunkie") which only voted on shots 3 and 4.
Both these "users" registered on the SAME day, that being TODAY (18th of June 2006)!! A very convenient time to register in time for the voting.
And both have NO posts, NO avatar and NO signature, further suggesting a registration for competition voting purposes only.
The title of these 2 voters both have the common "photo" word in their names. It suggests that there was no thought (regarding the name) put into these registrations (both names being quite generic and linked) - again leading to the idea that the registrations were only for voting purposes.
My FINAL VERDICT is that both "fan_o_fotos" and "photojunkie" are aliases of the same user, a family member, friend or perhaps the photographer of shots 3 and 4 themselves. All the above evidence points to the fact that these "users" were registered simply to create votes for these photos!!! Just to ensure a win!!!
Attitudes such as this mentioned above will only ruin the idea of fair competition. If indeed i am right, then i think ppl that do such 'fixing' should not be allowed to participate in the competitions created on this forum. It ruins others chances of a real win...and also destroyed the confidence of future entries and the general trust in the competition's authenticity!
If anyone else is of the same opinion...PLEASE SPEAK UP! Because its potentially your competition that such cheating is ruining!
I think all admins should be aware of such possible fraud, for the sake of maintaining competition integrity.
NOTE: user "hunny" is suspect of the same behaviour (i.e. voter simply registered for voting purposes) - in regards to shots 54 and 55 for same reasons as listed above
Am i right...have a think guys...