I was wondering about that too...however, I see where you can leave comments, but not where you can vote.??According to the rules the judges just "take into consideration" the points. So it sounds like the typical social media harvesting and vote bots won't have much of an impact on the final outcome. But probably getting at least a few votes is a good thing!
Yeah I wasn't sure if I remembered that correctly. That's really not fair. Should be a voting only period and shuffle the entries...but I guess it's primarily based on the judges at least. I didn't hear about it til late August or Sept.I believe voting ended at the same time contest entries were stopped. In other words, if you submitted near the cutoff time it was impossible for anyone to vote on your photo!