I'm curious -- did they actually announce that only digital submissions would be welcome?
No, they did not, in any way, state that only digital entries were acceptable. They accept both digital and analog (I mean, how could they really tell??). They have three basic classes for judging - Color Print, Monochrome Print and Digital Projected. So, I could have scanned my negatives and entered into Digital Projected if I had wanted.
Yup, that about sums it up.Or is it more that the cool reception just kept getting cooler, and you could tell you'd never feel welcome?