The point of the judges not viewing this thread is not to disassociate themselves from the artwork owner. The reason they will not be viewing this thread is to keep any opinions discussed in this thread out of their minds, to prevent swaying or bias.
We know whose artwork belongs to who, or else, how would we be able to announce the winner!
On another note, http://www.smashingpumpkins.com has agreed they will post the winner on their site on October 27th. We will follow suit soon thereafter. Stay tuned!