As part of the incentive to submit your stories and pictures, the winning entry in each category wins the person a free 4-day pass to this year's con. For all intents and purposes, it's a $65 dollar refund for those of us who were going to go regardless. I had already submitted a few photos here and there but had no luck despite a relatively small field of entries and some pretty piss poor ones to boot. I figured I'd give it another shot and went back and lobbed a few more pictures up hoping to eventually strike gold.
What I didn't realize is that there was likely to be a snowball's chance in hell of success based on the selection criteria. I had assumed that the winner for each category would be chosen based on some sort of merit but it turns out that it's all about user votes. The highest rated picture wins, regardless of if it's a piece of crap. This has no doubt led to vote rigging and might explain some of the odder entries that ended up winning badges. I just assumed that my aesthetic views different from whoever was judging the contest.
So what this comes down to (assuming you've even read this far) is that I'm asking you to join in the vote rigging, except in my favor this time.
The link for the gallery is here and I currently have entires in the categories of 'Board Game', 'Alternate US Gencon', 'Seminars' and 'Kids or Families'. My name is listed under each of the entries so if you were go over and vote it up, I'd appreciate it. If you also want to do some slash and burn voting on other less qualified entries (by definition: any that aren't mine), that's up to you :P. It'll only take you a few minutes to do the lot after signing up and it saves me $65.