Congrats on your First Place win!
Aubrey, it seems like people were using the comment section at the bottom of your photo to talk about their discontents with the contest as a whole and not your photo[s] in particular. You should be proud of your images, and if they were all rejected or all blue-ribbon winners, they are still, ultimately, your expression. If you still like them, then that should be a ray of light for you!
This contest is a joke.
I agree Sherman. Not saying anything bad about this photo Aubrey, its cute, but of the top 20 MOST POPULAR photos, NOT ONE made it to finalist. Did we miss something in the rules about the criteria of the judging. Disappointing to all those that had spectacular portaits.