(Voting poll removed late Saturday afternoon)
UPDATE (Saturday evening): Unfortunately, we had some vote padding in the afternoon on Saturday. One particular candidate improbably surged from back in the pack to almost double the previous leader's total in just a couple of hours. An overzealous fan or fans of the photographer, perhaps, engineering a little skullduggery?
No matter. The results are clear from the comments, echoed in the first day of voting, and I've made my choices. (Remember, the voting was only advisory, not binding.) The finalists from this round have been chosen and notified. They'll be announced on Monday. On Monday, also, I'll add the photographers' names under each of the 20 semifinalists, so they can all take a well-deserved bow.
Here's a snapshot of a more characteristic period of the voting, from before the, er, irregularities:
UPDATE #2 (Sunday morning early): Werner J. Karl uncovered the source of the rigging of the vote. One of the photographers enlisted his fans and followers to skew the vote in his favor by means of an importuning via Twitter. Disappointing. I guess Yr. Hmbl. Host will have to be more explicit about the ethics of the voting next time.
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