Yeah, I entered this photography contest and got the 5th place!
Exhausting all my resources from Facebook ,Friendster, MSN and friends in University
I think that's perfectly alright...
What is not alright is the lack of screening of votes by the contest organizers
The major loophole in this contest is that the winner is selected purely based on public votes!
All you have to do is give a name and email address then later verify the email sent to you.
So technically you can create 1000 email addresses then vote for yourself if you have the tenacity to do it. well, (and the thick skin too)
I think that's what this contestant did.
Scroll down the page about halfway through the voters and you start to see a pattern emerge. Click on the thumbnails to Enlarge
Oh..no not this... this is my vote for her/Him hehe
Scroll down further...
Errrrr.. Step cousins perhaps?
If you go the page itself...
You'll see how you can save lotsa time from having to think up a Christian name for your newborn . (^.^)
I don't know about you.. but to me this appears to be a blatant use of the loophole.
I don't know about the other contestants, but maybe they have a better disguise..LOL
What can the organizers at this point you ask?
Well... I don't really know actually.
If only it were possible to contact Yahoo/ Gmail etc and enquire the age of the email addresses... then filter out the votes from emails with an age of less than 10 days (during the vote tallying time)
Maybe that would work? Alas its my wishful thinking..
The purpose of this post is to ensure that future contest organizers can make it a point to screen the votes... or better.. change to another method of voting.
Oh well.. that said.. I guess Huiyu deserved to win based on the photo. But I only hope he/she did it in a fair way.