I just submitted an online review for Art on The Square - Belleville, Il. It was a great show for us and John won "Best of Show" which he was surprised and thrilled about.
I was very surprised and annoyed to read some of the comments by other artists (who kept their identity hidden) complaining about John winning this award and criticizing the work. No one likes it when the judges are not thrilled with their work but it happens all the time. All I can say is each show is different, judging is subjective and to have an attitude like these artists is very immature and unprofessional. I would also say to these artists (and I think I know who they are) that you can't win awards at every show so when someone else does, please do the right thing and be happy for them. Better yet go up and congratulate them; we always congratulate you. And yes, keep your sour grapes to yourself.