Wow this is good... since i entered the contest i've been browsing other entries and now i'm a bit intimidated. There's so much better portraits out there than mine, and this is one of them. Good job and good luck with the contest.
Trust me. I feel the same. Unfortunately most of the good ones are from artists not in the US so I'm not sure how it'll work out for them. But this is a contest with a lot of prize money that we could all use. But no hard feelings, I'm not doing this just to show off. I just could really use that money. Plus it's awesome to put on my resume/portfolio.