"I like knowing that my lenses are true to their focal length"
I'd say this is the number #2 reason I switched to FF. #1 reason is that Canon doesn't make an L-quality wide-angle zoom for APS-C. If you want to shoot landscape you're stuck with the 10-22. Not a bad lens but mine constantly had little problems. It's was clearly lower build quality.
Jeff Greenberg: If Getty licensed enough of your flickr images to allow youto quit your day job & shoot stock full time, raise your hand...How about enough to buy a very large memory card...?A Happy Meal???
Maybe your images are not marketable?
Time is obviously judging the content not the execution. Without a back story none of these are particularly good photographs. We are presented with a camera-phone snapshot of a boy crying. Why? Did his soccer team lose? He dropped his ice cream? Oh his father was killed. How? Was it a lawnmower accident? Oh he was killed by a Syrian army sniper. Ok now I get it. Yes that's a "Photograph of the Year"!
Time is in the business of selling human tragedy. This is what they reward. The technical execution of the photograph is secondary.