My suggestion is that there should be a couple of (hopefully minor) feature additions that will make Media Gallery great for a photo contest. I suggest that the contest is assigned to a category, but could be an album Voting would be done normally via ratings, but ideally you'd want to disallow voting until all the images were there, ie you turn off ratings for that one album or category until the closing date for entries. Then turn on for a period of time to collect ratings once all the photos are up, and off again at the end of the contest for the final winning announcement. It would be good if ratings could be anonymous It would be good if recent items block in the forum list could be restricted to the photo contest album/category That's all it would need to make this work really well. There could be more stuff, but this would be a great start.