Photo of the Day is BetterPhoto's daily e-newsletter. Images are selected - by BetterPhoto's judges - from contest entries. Other than that, the POTD is totally separate from the regular judging of the monthly contest, and all POTD images remain in the contest.
All images for the Photo of the Day newsletter are chosen from contest entries throughout the month - BEFORE the contest finalists and winners are chosen. The Judges at BetterPhoto make the selections. A Photo of the Day, however, does not guarantee a contest win or finalist. It's just us saying "Wow! Great photo!"
In order to get a good balance of photos over a period of days and weeks - i.e., "traditional," digital art, color, black and white, landscapes, details, animals, etc. - some of the pictures are "held over" to future months. Thus, although some photos may have a "contest finalist/winner" award attached to it, those particular images were chosen for POTD status BEFORE the final contest judging.
I removed my Photo of the Day image in error - can I re-upload?
Most people reviewing past POTD images just want to see the photo itself, which still appears in its large size on the page. Even if it was replaced by a new upload - not an easy tech task - the original discussion still wouldn't be there. The main thing is that the photo still appears on the page itself ( i.e., no weird blank space or red X) for those people going back through the archives.
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