So the winners are Sexual Lobster who was paid to make the cartoon for a particular youtube channel, no doubt he was paid a substantial amount more then the newgrounds prize money.
Then you have Felix Colgraves Man Spaghetti which has been focused on sites the calibre of Cartoon Brew, a site which notoriously avoids featuring Flash content. This cartoon gets nothing.
Then you have a Mario parody thats using the exact same jokes that every Mario cartoon has been using since 1999.
This is followed by guards, a relatively well written and nicely presented episode of new series, the sort of content Newgrounds should be trying to promote and attract more but winds up again, getting nothing.
And then finally we get a Zelda cartoon that looks like it was made in 2002 with jokes that are equally as stale.
I noticed your comment " If NG is ever gangbusters again we can re-boost the prizes." I dont know what its going to take for you to realise that the way people take in content and the way exposure works now has changed and that its not 2004 anymore. But until Newgrounds starts actually treating its top tier creators with respect and actually starts incentivising the creation of new and creative content more and more creators are going to go elsewhere with their work. I know this is your site and your vision Tom, but if thats the case then that means your vision is a hostile environment thats only going to cause more creatives to either post once and then leave OR push more creators who have been hanging around for years to stop bothering with releasing their work here and then blaming them for betraying you.
That said, props for all the student films on front page, it was nice seeing some somewhat intelligent and well made content on front page for a change. Shame the Newgrounds audiences didn't appreciate it as much as they do boobs and fart jokes.