They don't have time to look at slides like in the old days, let alone be responsible for returning something like actual prints. Even museums are using digital submissions. It's just that era. Get used
to it, just like McDonald's being called food by an entire generation. Besides, Nikon is a business, and
what they intend to promote is digital consumer cameras, that is, until cell phone photo contests
put them out of the digital camera business! It's a slippery slope, downhill all the way, once you
choose that path.