Everyone feels that THEIR photo is better and that the photos already in the database are way inferior. It is very hard to be neutral when you are the photographer.
But the perceived quality of a photo is in the eye of the beholder, no values are objective. So a photo you might think is lovely might be considered not so good by someone else.
This is the very core of the problem we have here at Airliners.net with some photographers getting really upset about rejections. It is hard to justify any rejection, as I mentioned - the photographer might think his photo is the best there is and the screener might think otherwise. No one is right or wrong, it's just a matter of opinion. And it doesn't help that our standards increase every year. Photographers that does not know that can get really angry for a rejection when they see poor quality photos in the database that was uploaded years ago when standards were lower.
Claiming that a rejection was unjust because there's similar or worse photos already in the database is therefore never a good way to go.
It was a good choice appealing it though, it deserves a second look. The Head Screeners manage the appeals queue these days, my only screening job is the "Johan" queue where very difficult cases end up. The Head Screeners will surely have a hard time with this appeal as it is, as I mentioned, a border-case.
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