I took part last year.
Wasn't satisfied with voting system either. That's more a community challenge than a real photoshop contest. A lot of cheating and wining (I was one of the wining guys^^). Prizes are to high and the voting system is to poor to become a fair contest.
Sorry I can't vote, cause I won't open a new account there.
Thanks bug. Nice image, by the way! And I like your comments on the voting. This year they claim to have dumped or sidelined the public voting for just the reasons you mention - and hired a bunch of 'impartial judges'... it will be interesting to see how that pans out.