I imagine that the viewing options available to official judges are somewhat different to those available to us, the great unwashed. Going through and dismissing those with watermarks (although I've found some of the watermarks to be far more artistic than the pictures they're attached to!) as well as those which are obviously off-brief (ie. glorious technicolor) should reduce things to more manageable proportions. Where the judges go after that...well...assuming that it is anonymous as we've been told, then looking at the entries from the professionals who've previously won...er....I mean keen amateurs who own their own graphic design businesses (most certainly not photography businesses!)...isn't an option. Perhaps the judges put together their own individual shortlists and then get together to thrash things out...who knows? At the end of the day, despite my criticisms of the competition, I still see it as just a bit of fun. Perhaps that point of view will change if I start to score points...at which point I'll saddle Bessy, my favourite pig, and fly her down to London where I can do some street photography for the next round whilst taking advantage of the marvelous warm reflections which undoubtedly shine up from the golden-paved streets. In the mean time I think I'll just keep submitting my entries and see how they do. Cheers, Jeff Update: I'm getting closer to my original estimate of 400th place...I've now gone from 800 and odd to the low 400s...damn!...now I really wish I'd unleashed a bit of HDR processing onto my entry...I could have made the top 200!