Reminds me of when I submitted my portfolio for art school, which was made up of about twenty 4x5 B&W contact prints. The fine arts instructor who was looking at my portfolio called in the painting instructor, who happened to be into photography, and they let me in based on my compositions but they thought my printing needed work. They were right about the printing because the contacts were from my first sessions attempting to make prints of any kind.
I took the contact prints to the colleges head photography instructor who said my printing was good, but that my compositions were weak.
Lesson learned; some people who should know what they're doing, don't. Let it go...