In the end we're all artists along some continuum from beginner to professional, including everything in between (aspiring artists, casual or serious hobbyists etc). And getting a bunch of artists to come to any kind of swift and unanimous (or even consensus) agreement in a smooth way is not easy. But hopefully this can be done somehow.
I think I've taken it a little too seriously thus far, even as somewhat of an outsider. Perhaps others have as well. Yes we want a high quality product, but this is not the be-all-end-all of any of our respective careers, hobbies etc. I'm not sure if I should submit any pictures, but I'll buy a nice APUG photography book whether I have any pictures in it or not.