Hi - it really is auctivas contest to set the rules as they like I think their choices have been a lot better than my photos are, but I for sure am not a professional. This is supposed to be fun and auctiva should not have to hire a photographer to judge "their" contest. In the big picture of life this is very small. It is people who do not win that complain about those who did win and the rules that stop companies from having things like this. Let's face it the price is not like a million dollars it's for fun!
However, I would LOVE to see link to your store and see if your pictures really are all that. I have had comments on photos, however, frankly I always thought they were joking as I know my photos are really nothing to brag about. I work on them, have improved, but have huge and I mean huge ways to go on them. Maybe I could learn something from your pictures to help improve my own.