I’m with veruca and Monkeybort in feeling that there is a significant amount of alteration. No matter how you might try to justify it it is not a straight forward photograph. Maybe you could post one of the exposures for this contest and save the HDR for an anything goes sort of theme.
Nah, I’ll just skip that HDR portrait shot for this next contest — for the most part, things I shoot in HDR only work in HDR, as I had the HDR process in mind during the shoot. Besides, I’ve got a bajillion non-HDR portraits, it’s just that one of my favs happens to be HDR. 🙂