Apology and How I Messed Up this Contest
I really messed up the voting of this contest, caused a lot of hurt feelings among contestants, and I'm very sorry.
Here's what happened:
What got posted originally was a page with all the entries.
I should have just left it at that and not reduced the number of finalists based on early voting.
Past experience shows more people vote when there are fewer selections...but it was a mistake to emphasize the competition over the journey of the contestants.
I am trying to resolve the issue.
Everyone's pictures and essays are back online now and once this initial contest voting ends, a 2nd round of voting will occur for the people that were removed.
Thanks for your patience and understanding.
I am deeply sorry for the confusion and hurt feelings that I have caused.
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer