We are looking at this in a new light, trying to see if we can make it work as a photo contest. Can anyone tell me if the "likes" are anonymous? So, would owners of the image be able to see who voted on their image?
Also, I'm not clear on the actual setup of these. I've looked at the sample site. Would we be able to make a new "gallery" for each months photo contest & then leave it for viewing but no further uploading after we finish & select a winner?
Albums and categories are two different containers for storing images. The difference being that categories can be nested and only created by Admins. Albums can't be nested and can be created by any user with permission. So with that last point in mind, you can indeed enable/disable the ability to create albums using standard user group permissions.