Would you reject these challenge photos?

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Would you reject these challenge photos?
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There is a challenge currently open for voting: Propeller Planes in Flight.

There are many very good submitted photos. But also many with one drawback - propellers that appear to be frozen, not spinning. Aviation photographers usually shoot at slow shutter speeds in order to capture prop blur. The propeller appears to be spinning and adds realism to the image. Of course photographing a flying propeller airplane at a slow shutter speed can be a challenge in itself. Panning has to be good or a soft image will result (been there, done that!).

So looking over the challenge photos I decided not to vote on any that have "frozen" propellers. These I reject.

But...isn't there more to a photo than prop blur? How about composition, or being able to capture a sense of drama in the sky. Or maybe the aircraft itself. Antique or WWII planes are fascinating. Or the post-processing that went into the photo. Doesn't all this count?

So, am I being too harsh in my judging? What's your opinion?

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