RaptorUK: DPR have already made a comment on this issue . . .
" . . . to disqualify entries after the challenge has ended - including the winner - would be unfair, as they have broken no rules (there's nothing to stop any entrant roping in friends and family to vote under the current rules)."
Note: "they have broken no rules"
The only rule broken was the rule of ethics so technically, DPR is not wrong. Just that the whole thingy could have been better managed to avoid all the misunderstandings.
iMac, therefore iAm: Garbage photo with the vote spammed up.
Nobody sum it up better than you do.
IcyVeins: this is so obviously rigged, it's a great photo, but there's no way this person legitimately got 51 5 star votes and no more than 6 votes for any other level. He/she probably annoyed a bunch of friends into signing up for free accounts and rigging the voting. There was an average of 25 votes per person and this image got 80 votes, that doesn't happen by accident. Sorry but this should be DQ'ed.
You guys should ask DPR what are they going to do with all the anonymous accounts created on the 24th and 25th Oct 2011. To use the large number of memberships to boost sales? Haha..
As long as the winner is not decided by a panel of judges/pros, I won't be surprised if there are people who are willing to "go an extra mile" to ensure a higher chance of winning for their submissions. I guess this will be the first and last time I participated in a challenge organised by dpreview, unless I see a review for a fairer ranking system.
Kudos for those who stood firm and stayed clean! For those who cheated, it was really shame on you. You know who you are.
Prixnobeldefoot: I have an honest question.
When one open the gallery mode, does it always show the same pictures for everyone ? or do they appear in a shuffle mode. Otherwise I tend to think that with such a large number of entries (most people won't see the 3000 entries but maybe the first 100, 200 entries), the pictures in the first pages will have a real advantage.
Have I been clear enough ? :)
My observation is that the photos displayed on the first page were randomised. I hope I'm not wrong.
PinkertOn: Obviously that voting will not be fair and it is very easy to trick here. Special jury should judge challenges with prizes.
Perhaps the photos that are displayed on the first page can be randomised?
I participated the competition and would like to thank the organisers for giving me a chance to look at so many outstanding photos! At the end of the competition, will I be notify of the number of votes that my photo had fetched over the few days of voting?
Even if I receive only 1 vote, it still matters to me because it means someone else appreciates my photo! :)