Just as clients have the ability to decline individual designs, they may also eliminate designers from a contest.
Being eliminated removes that person from the contest altogether.
Often this can occur when a client is confident with a certain designer/s and wants to dedicate the remainder of their time working on their concepts. Being eliminated can help designers focus their efforts and time on other contests and/or projects.
If you’re eliminated, you won’t be able to submit new designs to the contest. But there are always more contests to enter at 99designs.