Hi Graham and Caroline, thank you both for your interest in the thread I started. I wrote it because so many people have expressed their disgust at the way some of the judging processes take place. I'm sure that there are some cases where the judges rise above their own preferences and do the judging based on photographic merit. It must be difficult when judging to over-ride one's personal themes etc, so I'm sure someone will enlighten us soon. Mike.
Humility is an endearing quality and gains many friends, whereas arrogance loses them. Mike, 2012