So, on a different blog I ran across this http://photocontest.smithsonianmag.com/v4/index.php, and paraphrasing what I said on the other site, it's kind of a disappointment. There are some really good shots, but out of the 40 photos (I ignored the altered images category) I was only really moved by 3 of them, 15 or so where compete meh, the rest where only ok to good, nothing fantastic.
For a high end national magazine that's pretty crappy, I see photos just as good and better on flickr every single day.
I'd have to agree. I'm blown away by what I see on Flickr, even compared to what I see in professional mags like Communication arts. Part of it may be that the images are smaller, hiding the flaws that you would normally see in a bigger photo.