Photo Challenge Questions/Comments
What is the purpose of your challenge? Is it to just have people post nice photos or is it to actually challenge people to get out and take photos which may not be within their normal comfort zone?
A loose theme will result in nicer looking pictures because it is easier for people to take one of their best pictures and come up with a reason why it fits the theme. There is no challenge, thus nothing to learn - it is just an exercise in mutual back patting. A narrower theme provides more of a challenge and, because it is harder to meet, the results may not always be such great pictures. However those who choose to participate will learn/develop more as a photographer from the latter. - This of course assumes that the challenge limits you to images taken within a fixed window of time and doesn't simply allow people to go back through 8 years of photos to find one that fits.
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