That really sounds like the only option at this point; I don’t think there’s any other way to deal with this that would be fair for all involved. I think it’ll be neat if the Photoshoppers pull from all the entries, and I’ll be interested to see what they come up with.
Hopefully we can get it done in a manner that will give the ‘shoppers source material that they can work with and won’t hurt any feelings.
[xnipped good comments about moderation]
Moderating would be hard work for the modmins – one of ‘us’ would have to be involved (probably more than one) and it would just get confusing.
The “off-theme” posts were especially noticable this time, and sort of damaging to the theme due to the follow-on photoshopping.
Regarding this contest, mistakes were made and lessons were learned, but we all got to see some nifty photos. Next time, the cross-over theme will much more specific.