We are getting what we deserve. Everyone is a photographer, everyone is an artist (thanks Andy Warhol), everyone is a musician. Bottom dollar thinking wins, and everyone continually readjusts what they think talent, quality and aesthetics are, until we are surrounded by what we now live in: a culture of crap. Let the massive altars to power, money and greed continue to be built and worshipped at.
I told a friend of mine from Iran about the restrictions on the contest for his country, and he said that if anyone there submitted a photo they could get into big trouble or arrested. So it's possibly not a restriction but a protection measure.