Well, it has been said that you are judged by the worst photo in your gallery… This thread would seem to confirm that.
Amy has a bricks & mortar store and most of what I saw in the gallery looked pretty reasonable. I didn’t see anything screaming it belonged on the front page here. Selective colour and the “yellow low contrast” look are not appealing to me but many others seem to like those looks so I will say it’s not my thing and leave it at that.
People live in different sized fish bowls, if you won a contest at the local fair and got your photos into the local newspaper, then you won a contest and were published. You may get run over if you enter the same photos in a contest in New York, but that’s not relevant to her claim.