This is a skill based competition by expending the deadline you are giving other contestants who didn’t get their work finished by the deadline an unfair advantage. A week is a long time. Long enough for someone to swoop in and claim victory.
Now I don’t want it to seem like I’m saying this because I thought I was going to win. Before the deadline extension there were already some amazing entries that I think should be the winners and I was not one of them.
I just believe that this is not a great thing to do. You’d never see another skills based competition do it because it’s unfair to its competitors. If it was a random winner, I wouldn’t care. But navigating deadlines is part of a competition, it’s part of life. If you cant do that then I’m sorry but that’s how it should be. Especially when there was already so many members who had pushed themselves and completed their artworks by the deadline. If anyone who didn’t complete their work before the original deadline wins then that is incredibly unfair on those who did get it done on time. The extension greatly benefits those who haven’t completed their work over those who did.
You even say so yourself.
As I mentioned above myself and 3 other members get 0 benefit from this extension because we don’t have the luxury of time to jump back into our submissions, due to other life commitments.
I’m not trying to change the outcome or overrule the decision, I’m merely trying make the hosts of the competition more aware of their actions and the consequences.