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Will each monthly competition have a specific theme, and will there be a time-frame within which the image must be shot or can one pull out an image from an earlier shooting session?
 

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Will each monthly competition have a specific theme, and will there be a time-frame within which the image must be shot or can one pull out an image from an earlier shooting session?
There will be no specific theme for the first couple of competitions but I may introduce a theme now and again. If I do then it will be a theme that is open to everyone, so there's unlikely to be a birds in flight theme as not everyone has the gear for shooting birds in flight. There's no restriction on the creation date of the image submitted, it could be from a decade ago so long as it was shot on a Sony :)
 

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On other forums where I participate, it has been found to be helpful to have a theme of some sort, but, yes, the theme needs to be fairly broad in scope so that people may join in, regardless of the type of equipment they're using. Something like "Birds in Flight" would absolutely never work, as it is too limiting. A broader topic like "Water," or "Flowers" or some such, which then can attract members who can usually find something within that kind of topic to shoot, regardless of their specific camera body or their lenses. Any sort of topic which requires a specific type of lens is really a no-go.

I do think that it is helpful to put forth a specific topic, as then all the entries are at least somewhat focused (oops, sorry about the pun) on a particular topic and that also provides parameters within which to compare various entries. Is this person's image of a flower more interesting and more of a potential prize-winner than that person's entry? Why? What makes the difference, what qualities about one image shine out way beyond qualities in other's images? This is what makes a competition meaningful......to participants, to viewers, to the judge.
 
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I don't see the vote button. Am I the only one? :-(
 

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On other forums where I participate, it has been found to be helpful to have a theme of some sort, but, yes, the theme needs to be fairly broad in scope so that people may join in, regardless of the type of equipment they're using. Something like "Birds in Flight" would absolutely never work, as it is too limiting. A broader topic like "Water," or "Flowers" or some such, which then can attract members who can usually find something within that kind of topic to shoot, regardless of their specific camera body or their lenses. Any sort of topic which requires a specific type of lens is really a no-go.

I do think that it is helpful to put forth a specific topic, as then all the entries are at least somewhat focused (oops, sorry about the pun) on a particular topic and that also provides parameters within which to compare various entries. Is this person's image of a flower more interesting and more of a potential prize-winner than that person's entry? Why? What makes the difference, what qualities about one image shine out way beyond qualities in other's images? This is what makes a competition meaningful......to participants, to viewers, to the judge.
Some great advice here Clix Pix, thank you! I actually hadn't considered that by setting a topic it would make the job of comparing entires a lot easier for all involved. I'll have to think about a suitable topic for the competition next month. Thanks again! :)
 
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I don't see the vote button. Am I the only one? :-(
Hey Jeff,

It should look like this on desktop:

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And this on mobile:

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Are you not seeing either?
Tim
 

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It took me a while last night to figure it out, too, since technically it isn't a "button," so that threw me off stride. When I saw that it was to be at the right-hand top of the post, bingo!
 
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Some great advice here Clix Pix, thank you! I actually hadn't considered that by setting a topic it would make the job of comparing entires a lot easier for all involved. I'll have to think about a suitable topic for the competition next month. Thanks again! :)

I write from experience......LOL! On one forum we have a weekly competition, and the winner of that competition then is responsible for choosing the next week's competition topic, plus also serves as the judge when closing the competition at the end of the week. Three positions are named: third place, second place, and first place (winner). It can be rather daunting if, as the winner, one chooses too broad a topic and then is faced with needing to consider, comment on and then select the top three entries! Although commentary on each entry isn't really required, most of us do that as a service to help our fellow photographers with a gentle critique and explanation of how his or her image could be improved, or we simply state why we like a certain image so much and pick out the specific elements of that image which are so pleasing. When the judge has twenty or more entires to review and comment on, that can be rather challenging in itself!

By having a specific topic or theme of a competition, that makes it more fun and also more challenging for those who choose to enter, too -- another way of encouraging people to get out there with their gear and shoot, and especially if it is something a little different from one's normal choices of things to shoot, it can be a fun albeit challenging learning experience, too. Sometimes in his or her archives someone will already have just the perfect image for a particular topic, and that is permitted, too, rather than requiring that images be shot fresh and within the time frame of the competition. People do have busy lives and sometimes just cannot get out there with the camera.

Looking forward to the topics you'll be coming up with in future competitions.....!
 
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By having a specific topic or theme of a competition, that makes it more fun and also more challenging for those who choose to enter, too -- another way of encouraging people to get out there with their gear and shoot, and especially if it is something a little different from one's normal choices of things to shoot, it can be a fun albeit challenging learning experience, too. Sometimes in his or her archives someone will already have just the perfect image for a particular topic, and that is permitted, too, rather than requiring that images be shot fresh and within the time frame of the competition. People do have busy lives and sometimes just cannot get out there with the camera.
I totally agree, constraints stimulate creativity and make every contest unique and joyful, and push you out of your comfort zone.
It sure will help getting more voters too. Curiosity is a powerful drive.
 

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I write from experience......LOL! On one forum we have a weekly competition, and the winner of that competition then is responsible for choosing the next week's competition topic, plus also serves as the judge when closing the competition at the end of the week. Three positions are named: third place, second place, and first place (winner). It can be rather daunting if, as the winner, one chooses too broad a topic and then is faced with needing to consider, comment on and then select the top three entries! Although commentary on each entry isn't really required, most of us do that as a service to help our fellow photographers with a gentle critique and explanation of how his or her image could be improved, or we simply state why we like a certain image so much and pick out the specific elements of that image which are so pleasing. When the judge has twenty or more entires to review and comment on, that can be rather challenging in itself!

By having a specific topic or theme of a competition, that makes it more fun and also more challenging for those who choose to enter, too -- another way of encouraging people to get out there with their gear and shoot, and especially if it is something a little different from one's normal choices of things to shoot, it can be a fun albeit challenging learning experience, too. Sometimes in his or her archives someone will already have just the perfect image for a particular topic, and that is permitted, too, rather than requiring that images be shot fresh and within the time frame of the competition. People do have busy lives and sometimes just cannot get out there with the camera.

Looking forward to the topics you'll be coming up with in future competitions.....!
I really like the idea of letting the winner choose the theme of the next competition. Maybe from a list of ideas to make a it a little easier and avoid any themes that are too restrictive. I had planned to just let the votes select the winners, but I'll think about a judge based selection as well. I'm also thinking about maybe selecting the top 10 entries than asking people to vote on these as well. I'm sure the competition will evolve through trial and error as I find out what works well and what doesn't. I think limiting entires to only shots taken during the competition time frame would be tricky to moderate, but like you say by having a topic many people might have to step outside of their comfort zone and shoot something new. You've certainly provided a lot of food for thought here which I really appreciate! :)
 
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I like the idea of getting people to step outside of their comfort zone, this forces learning a new skill. Allowing a winner solely to chose the next could lead to a person picking something they are very good at. But at the same time allow the winner to participate in the next round. Hmmmm, maybe allow the top 3 to vote from a list of subjects. You have a more difficult job than most imagine.
 

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A lot of people on the other forum like to enter the weekly competition but are happiest when they get third place or second place rather than winning the thing, since the latter does mean a fair amount of work on their part for the following week! :). People have learned from experience that if they know they will be busy in the next week or two, not to enter the competition unless they have an entry which they don't feel would win anyway.....
 
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A question out of ignorance here: if I enter the competition as a beginner with an A6400, will I be at a disadvantage going up against someone with the same level of skill using an A7R4? Is there such a thing as having a maximum resolution limit for picture uploads?
 

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A question out of ignorance here: if I enter the competition as a beginner with an A6400, will I be at a disadvantage going up against someone with the same level of skill using an A7R4? Is there such a thing as having a maximum resolution limit for picture uploads?
Not really since uploads here are limited to 2048px and larger files will also display in the same sized window.
 
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One interesting competition is to post a picture and the challenge is to shot the most similar picture to that one.

Personally I don't like season themes, like snow or autumn, because it leaves half of the world out that competition. Living in the southern hemisphere, we are always in the opposite season than most of you. A workaround could be something like, "show us your season" or something like that.
 

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Tim, for contest category "Street Photography" can you give a rough general description of what constitutes St. Pho pics?

Is it the same as description you find when you Google St Pho?
 
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Tim, for contest category "Street Photography" can you give a rough general description of what constitutes St. Pho pics?

Is it the same as description you find when you Google St Pho?
Sorry for not being clear Mike. But yes, if you Google it you'll pretty much find the definition. Any photos taken in a public place really, they don't necessarily have to include people but many street shots will. This search on Flickr should provide lots of ideas: https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=street photography
 

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