Friends, many people lament not making the finals, so this is not directed at anyone in particular, but I think it's worth saying again that many things go into the selection of the finalists. All of the kitties are wonderful, but some things you need to ask yourself are
 Is my entry a high enough quality image to be reproduced well in the calendar? Among other things, that means fairly high resolution. If it isn't, it's not going to make the cut, because there are too many that are very
 Does my entry really fit in with the theme? This is a more subjective decision, but still weighs in the selection to eliminate some otherwise
really good entries.
The one is about technical quality; the other about the parameters of the contest. "AWWWWWW value" does not figure in either of them. Beyond that, "AWWWWWW value" does count, and that's when the voting gets difficult, because they're ALL wonderful!
Gotta tell you, I may have got an entry into the finals once -- surprising enough, because I know there are much better photographers than I around here, but sometimes I get lucky and get a half decent picture. But, even though I know the odds of making the cut are pretty slim -- let alone actually placing in the finals! -- it's still fun to let my sweeties have their chance. In the end, it's all for fun...
And...CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GORGEOUS WINNERS!