Well, the contest is yours... you can do whatever you want. But its not polite to decide the winner 3 hours before the end of the deadline. Answering what is fair in this profession and in life, well i'm a professional for more than 15 years in advertising and graphic design, and never saw nothing like this. Just imagine someone who was finishing a project for you that took a few days and at the time he/she is preparing to send it to you, even in time, he/she finds that there are a winner already... it's REALLY not fair. I'm happy with my principals...
Your goal with a logo is to make instant recognition,
logo should help to set a company apart from their competitors.
Your logo should not be made using clip art. When you open your logo in an image editor,
and you zoom in, you should not see lots of tiny square pixels.
Dayna2 my comment about pixelation no matter what medium the graphic is produced in all digital images zoom into pixels. The example that you have shown is not a pixelation problem per say, it is a rendering problem from a scanned image. As far as my logo goes, it is a starting point and a standard graphic from logo software. A software package that is developed, packaged and sold as a software tool. Just like spell checking is a tool in posts.
TRY making your own images large size and 300 dpi or vector image not taking a small 72 bit image and stretching the crap out of it, and dont bother responding to this both your response and you attitude bore me.
Now I understand your response your #49 looks just like this one http://ukchinese.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/uni-union1.jpg pdtech same pixelation problem huh............