This just in! 2 of my 6 entries into The 2013 International Loupe Awards, Amateur Competition in the Landscape Category received Bronze Awards! 3 of my other pictures were within 4 points (out of 100) from receiving Bronze medals from the judges too!
The merit awards are given to images that are “recognized by the judges as high quality images and worthy of recognition in the competition”. “Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze merit awards will be awarded based on the averaged 5 voting scores” (The 2013 International Loupe Awards, 2013).
It’s a pity the judges didn’t get to see the original large pictures, all they got were medium 2400 pixel resolution images. The good news is that you can own one of these images on print, enjoyable in many sizes from 6×4 inch to poster size or on canvas :).