Questioning contest decisionsIn the recent Photo story contest winners' announcement thread the judgement was considered to be first "poor" and then "very poor". So it was decided to initiate this separate thread to discuss a few things about contests in general & this contest in particular instead of taking that thread off-track.
First and foremost, is it right to question the judgment of contests that we conduct? Whether it is based on our own topic or that of a thread taken up as a contest, should the decision on the winners be questioned? Leave aside insulting the jury panel (yes, there is a panel & not just the announcer judging), does it not demean the winners' entries?
Secondly, based on the complaint by Sun with regard to the photo contest: is it required that an entry should be adjudged a winner only if all aspects of the photo are part of the write-up? If you recall, when we had a contest based on a photo taken at a beach, then, too, the winning stories did not cover everything depicted in the photo. What is wrong in declaring a story as a winner if its focus is very lucidly related to at least one relevant part of the photo?
Let us have a reasonable discussion on this.