We received the first European entries today and the Europeans started with some amazing bonsai indeed!
Almost immediately after I posted these European entries, I received a couple emails that both mentioned that this contest doesn't count because not all North American artists would be represented, that there are many great trees in North America that would not be entered, and so on...
Well the exact same thing could be said about many European artists and trees as well.
Think of a baseball game, if one team doesn't show, the other teams still wins by default. Or we could think of some of the major bonsai shows in the world, is the winners entry not valid because somebody else never entered a tree, not at all, as the old saying goes, you snooze, you lose.
To date literally hundreds of emails announcing this contest have been sent to artists, clubs, organizations, and forums around the world. Bonsai Today Magazine is announcing this contest in the upcoming issue. People have emailed me telling me that they are telling their friends and Walter Pall has personally sent out announcements to all his friends, telling them to tell their friends as well. This is most likely the most publicized Internet contest ever, now all that is left to do is enter your trees.
I think the final outcome and the final scores will be a major wake up call for many, it will cure some blindness, and it will no doubt be very inspirational as well as educational.
Good luck to all,