Okay--I see what you mean now! I was looking at this from my own perspective rather than from the perspective of a bodybuilder (which I've always wanted to be but could never be, though I work at staying fit). You're right about knowing something will be a "contest" when people enter--I think that's probably the case in general with this stuff. I just always feel bad picking among individuals because that's my personality: I'm not crazy about seeming hierarchies. But I hear what you're saying/implying about wanting to reward people so they stay motivated to keep breaking seeming limits.
I'll look over the pics and info later when I can devote more time to them: because everyone seems to have done so equally well, maybe any differences between their change amounts are really subtle. Not that I'm an expert on this because I'm not. I just got the email sent out to everyone and wanted to explain how I felt before putting in my two cents, for what my two cents are worth, which may be diddly.
Thanks for writing. Don't feel like you have to vote either. I'm not voting, but I kinda know who I'd probably vote for if I did. The main reason I'm not voting is because I'm the organizer, so I'm not allowed to.
But I think the contestants do want more votes. The more votes, the more popular it is, the greater chance we'll do more of these contests, and the greater appreciation for their hard work (knowing people are taking the time to read their bios, look over their photos and cast a vote).
I totally know what you mean and I have a hard time with voting in general too and I often keep it annonymous.