Sorry, not trying to be attacky w/ the question--I just want to know what the deal is with the tie votes.
Not my pics, but if they were, I'd want to know why, if my pic tied for first place in a category, that it was designated as second place and not allowed in the best of show voting, for example.
My guess is that the system is automated and doesn't care about tie votes, just recognizes them as equal value, and then defaults to the auto-sort for items of equal value, which is by the time-stamp they were entered into the contest--so the pic entered earlier is ranked higher than the pic entered later when they have an equal number of votes.
I realize I could be totally wrong about that, so I am asking, because it does matter in the instances explained above.
As, far as the watermark names--there was no prohibition in the rules against that. Perhaps people didn't want their photos being stolen from the contest pages and didn't consider it an advantage or disadvantage to identify themselves. Fair enough. Has no bearing on the original question, though.