having a stickied thread with all the winners on it would be awesome and eventually archive it. would make a good reward for winning, i think. instead of a stickied thread for each contest this would be much more easy to maintain and view. also your reward wouldn't go away in a week.

also a few more talented bands should be chosen for contests occasionally, to mix it up and show some ug talent. IE) could have an all encompassing solo virtuoso artist contest (needs better name) with songs from vai, petrucci, malmsteem, eric johnson, etc... since this would leave some people out, harder contests could occur every third time or something. currently its all mainstream stuff with metallica being the most talented. im sure most on UG would be happy to see Black Sabbath, deep purple
(not sotw), dire straits , DT, etc

what do ya think?