Mike Page wrote:
"As it stands now, North America has well over seven times the number of entries than Europe does and if the entries to date were scored today, Europe would no doubt be the clear winner by a landslide, in my opinion."
I came in after working on some trees, and read this. Sounds like our side is finito. Oh well.
I am very much hoping to be wrong (I often am on such predictions) and please do not let my statement above discourage you in any way. Next week, the tables may very well be turned and I could be eating crow (wouldn't be the first time).
Also remember, I am not a judge, we have some of the best artists in the world judging this contest, they are far more qualified to score these remarkable entries than I could ever hope to be. They, of course, are refraining from making any comments in this thread for obvious reasons, but I am sure they have been watching the entries with a critical eye.
Rob called it right when he exposed my attempt at reverse psychology, it's hard to slide anything past that guy. He was also correctly stated that the real purpose of the competition is "to see and enjoy photos of trees from the various regions."
Above all else, this contest creates an opportunity to see some of the best trees in the world from these regions, that alone means more than any scores or national pride. We already have entries that are not seen often, if at all on the Internet and I fully expect many more of these entries as well.
One other thing, I really think we are going to be quite surprised before the contest is over, not only by the quality of entries, but by some of the entrants themselves.