Yes, it is to be about fun, to learn and to grow! :smile: And no, no tangible rewards, just the fun of entering and the joy of the contest.It never even occurred to me to ask others to vote for my photos! This is purely fun, no? Do the winners get anything tangible (other than the right to say their 2009 pic won at the nikoncafe)?
I thought it was supposed to be about enjoyment of photos and learning how to get better...
How does my entry affect the voting? In a 'normal' challenge, the entries are anonymous. Look back at older Challenge entry threads, there are no user names, the photos are entered by a 'bot. Voting is done w/out knowing who the entrants are. I fail to see any manipulation or 'conflict of interest' in a contest in which the entries are anonymous.While I agree with Wowzer I also feel the mod's should not be allowed to participate. Not that the mod's did anything wrong in this challenge, it does bring up questions as to the integrity of the vote.
This summer, I won one of the Challenges, and as such, hosted the next one. The host is allowed to enter. I entered a photo that was fun for me to try to shoot.........to see if I could pull it together. The photo won. It was most awkward anouncing myself as the winner, yet no one complained or cried COI at that time. Matter of fact, people were very supportive (despite my embarrassment) both publicaly and privately.