And that is that. The final entries for the photo contest came in yesterday more or less on time. We use the Hawaiian time zone plus or minus 20% rule... as no doubt you all do, too. There are photos from Alan McCormick of Montana, Peter Bailey of Alberta, Jan Zeschky of British Columbia, Robert Gale of Wales, Mike Harte of Seattle, Kyke Navis of Bolivia, Michael Oman of New Mexico, Ed Wray of England, Kevin Priddle of Toronto, Tom Bedell of Vermont, Mark Hatherly possibly of Luxembourg and Tonia Wilson of Ontario. That makes for 28 entrants with 118 photos for consideration. That's seven less than last year which makes it just about right. In this the ninth annual contest, we prize our efficiency as well as variety. The 527 photos entered in 2008 was a lesson for us all. Were the last 350 really worth it? Really? In 2012 I estimated that we had 1800 entries overall to that point so now we must be over 2,000 all in all. No wonder Decembers feel rushed around here.
Anyway, now the considerations begin. The evaluation forms are being distributed along with the multi-coloured crayons. It suddenly gets all BJCP around here. Not really.