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    • They could use a redesign. It has hardly changed since the early days. I looked at results for the current challenges and it looks like activity has dropped off quite a bit. It seemed like there used to be hundreds of submissions for individual challenges, but now the highest one is like 50.

      The idea I was trying to convey when I mentioned it is that if you don't have a rigid set of topics, you can be more inclusive of different types of photography. The downside is that compared to set days, planning becomes a bit more complicated.

      The latest list does seem to hit most of the general topics, though.

    • A photo forum I used to use did something similar then when numbers/ interest was up they made it a one topic specific challenge. Open for a week or so, then all images were reviewed and judged only by people who had posted. Once a winner was chosen, they would pick the next subject/ topic

      Just an idea if this doesn't get the numbers you hope for

    • It looks like we've settled on a format and the challenge topic days!

      Starting on Monday, we will run the challenge for the last week of January. From there, we can start learning what works and what doesn't.

      I also want to keep the daily challenge conversations open so that people who are in different time zones can still post regardless of the day. It also solves a problem when people are actually traveling or out shooting. This way, we get everyone a fair chance to participate.

      Have I missed anything?

      Thank you @wgoodey, @rtwPaul, @StephenL, @Apocryphal, @JazliAziz, @DangerDave and @Denise for your suggestions.

      Again, this is the final list of daily challenges (for now):

      1. Monday - Macro

      2. Tuesday - Urban

      3. Wednesday - B&W

      4. Thursday - Creatures

      5. Friday - Nature

      6. Saturday - Action

      7. Sunday - Open

    • Sorry I’m late to the conversation.

      I have this book in my Amazon cart (I found a library copy and thumbed through it—seemed like a good one to buy, which I rarely do). Maybe after the daily subjects idea runs its course, this book might offer a good format with some valuable thoughts as well.

      Carry on. :)

    • I think it's a good idea to keep the challenge threads open all of the time as opposed to only on the day of the challenge. While we may only post photos on the proper day others may want to post comments - and I'd hate to discourage that because a conversation is locked.

    • I don't know about others, but for me the challenge is:

      1. Rediscover interesting photos.

      I have so many images collecting digital dust that never see the light of day. I want to share them with you.

      2. Get out and take photos.

      Sometime it takes me a little push and a specific subject matter to explore new places and ideas.

      Those two are my personal challenges and I feel that others might share these as well.

      So the challenge is to post interesting photos and learn from feedback from our photography community.

    • What about picking the best of all the challenges at months end, maybe a vote, do it over 12 months and get Smugmug to produce a Calendar.The challenge could then to be featured in next years calendar!