Originally Posted by darkphantom
was never a fan of B&W portraits of people, none of these really stick out to me (IMHO)
I think the point is that were comparing what was entered in the contest. Nobody is claiming to be Margaret Burke White here... we are all mostly amateurs. The way I judged who I voted for was "Do I see elements of a good photo in the picture I am looking at?" and in the pictures I voted for, I did.
This isn't Time Magazine, its E90post so... maybe your expectations are a little high.