taotoo: This puts Tamron in a rather unfortunate position as they likely have to award the prize, but doing so will upset no end of potential customers. No doubt the next competition will have a different voting system.
Edit: What's more it's a great shame that this website's readership took the time to place 73,151 votes, the vast majority of which never had a chance of counting.
Good point about the wasted votes! I voted for every picture and carefully reviewed my top 500 votes several times for consistency and fairness.
For me, the loser here is actually Tamron! I don't have much experience with Tamron, but this challenge will not improve my opinion of them or their equipment. Any company who would award the prize to someone who has obviously manipulated the votes, is not a company I will respect or do busy with!
Sorry, I just now saw your comment. Thanks. You are very kind.