Photo Challenges - Do they help you improve?

Started Mar 14, 2014 | Discussions thread
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carl english
carl english Veteran Member • Posts: 8,271
Re: Photo Challenges - Do they help you improve?

Florida Nature Photographer wrote:

I am new to challenges and the ones I entered recently I found of little value in helping me become a better photographer.

I see there is a challenge discussion forum but I am posting here because I want to reach those who may have given up on challenges because of the issues I am discovering. I'm wondering if they are worth my time.

A couple of weeks back I entered a few challenges. Recently I received emails notifying me of the position my photo took in the challenge.

Problems:

  1. There were too few votes to make it a meaningful result
  2. Between my submission and the start of voting I forgot about it and as a result did not vote myself
  3. A few days after I submitted I couldn't remember which challenges I had entered and couldn't find a list of them

Suggestions:

  1. Notify those who entered a challenge when voting begins
  2. Show pending challenges in the user profile, not just finished ones

It may be better if your could join a Camera club with a large membership so when competitions are held you can attend and listen to Judges opinion of your work and of course others work, I don't think the Photo challenge is the best way to improve your skills.

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