Come on people...everyone with any experience knows that these contests are not a good measure of the "best real life trader". Even without automated trading, the winners of these contests always trade massive risk that they would likely never take on with a real account. But on the flip side, even though you could have a "no robots" contest, you can't really start putting limits on risk per trade etc "to make it more like real trading"...because the fact is, someone COULD trade with maximum leverage in real life if they wanted to. George Soros didn't make a name for himself by never risking more than 2% per trade.
The way I see it, the only way to make it a better measure of real life trading skill would be to make the contests much longer, say a year long...and ban EA's. I've heard of contests like this but never seen one here or participated in one.
All of this is moot however, as the whole point of these contests is for brokers to advertise their services and get new clients. They aren't interested in who is the "best" trader.