Honestly, by the basis of Artistic Camera work, case management, and style...
First Place: MrTom's Ground Control wins.
No, there are no obvious and cool case mods, but by the premise of the competition, case mods are not the primary focus. The cables where visible, are neatly arranged. On the Artistic side; his pictures are perfectly clear (Personally, I find this of great importance. We are using digital cameras here, and you can take as many as you need to until you get a clear picture. Play with the camera settings even.). He captured great details and views with his close ups of the Card, and his hard drives. Over all, to me, it was the best presentation in the contest.
Second place: Iandroo's Tuxedo.
This case is excellently displayed. The cables are bound in black, matching the paint of the interior. And even then, they are well managed, hidden, and under control.
Again, the pictures are crystal clear, and I do like his use of the front 1/4 angle view point to display the case. Easily
could have had me busting my head with a rock trying to decide between his and Ground Control for first, had Iandroo used the available 5 pictures, and added some extra angles, or interesting shots. Otherwise, solid second place.
Third: Justin146's Opteron meets Borg
It is a study in minimalism, and it works. The cables? What cables? I cannot dock points for not having as much inside of his case as others, and even if I could, his case is so well managed, it is ridiculous. The IDE cable blends into the case itself, power cable and fan cables are visible only where they connect to the motherboard. If this contest was being judged soley
on cable management, in my opinion, Opteron meets the Borg would have won, hands down, no arguments.
However, on the artistic side, the angles let it down. Asside from having the door open on the floor, and the downward shot into the bottom of the case, the pictures themselves lack ultimate appeal. They don't draw you in to scope out the details quite like Ground Control or Tuxedo.
Course, the PCB's every is just awesome
Runner up: Froggy's OptyCOD
Solid case, cabling is well done, but not quite to the ridiculous standard of Opty meets the Borg. The opening picture howeve, was what had me considering this case for #3. It is an excellent angle, that set the case off well. It shows details such as the green mesh, the smooth top anl and fan grill, along with a little peak of the interior. Well made picture. The second picture however...it was the glare. Yes, I know it is hard to take great night shots, with bright LEDs, the long exposure kills a crystal clear shot when taken by hand...Yet this could have been a perfect shot had the camera been resting on books, a chair, or something.
And the fourth picture is the one that brought it down to 4th place unfortunately. Motion blur, out of focus...this comes back to what I said in Ground Control's space: Digital cameras. If a picture didn't turn out, take more
Still, well done case Froggy!
And that...that's my view.