Last Monday was the halfway point in Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. The halfway point is a good time to review a few things. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is there a limit to the number of submissions I can have each week?
The short answer is, “no”. Some people think that there is a limit of one submission per person because I only present one submission a week, personally. I have the other 6 days to post my photography. So one is more than enough image from me.
However, the longer answer is, 3 would be a good guide to limit yourself to submit. It isn’t a rule, but much over 3 begins to start to overwhelm the submissions of the others in the community. Also, if you are submitting multiple submissions, think about your submissions. Are they unique? Are they of wholly different subjects? Is each submission saying something unique?
The long answer is, there isn’t a limit, but 3 is a good rule of thumb. If I start to average about 30 participants a week, I will consider putting a limit of 1 per participant, to help manage my workload, but we are a long ways from averaging 30 participants a week.
Can I send you several pictures and have you pick the best one?
No! No! NO! If those words come out of your mouth or your keyboard, I consider that to be a non-submission.
Do you ever question whether somebody’s submission fits the theme?
Meh. Only if I think somebody is clearly confusing this week’s theme with last week or next week’s theme. Otherwise, if the submission makes sense in your head, that is good enough to me. However, I would urge you to not try to fit your favorite subject into the theme. This isn’t a challenge to share a picture every week of your kid or your business or your pet. It is a challenge to take pictures of different things every week. Which isn’t to say subjects can’t be repeated, but you shouldn’t become reliant on the same ones.
Why can’t I submit after 11 AM on Mondays if the post doesn’t publish until 12:01 PM?
I go to lunch at 11 AM. I leave my office. I’m not near a computer. At 11 AM I hit “Schedule” and then I go throw food down my throat. 167 hours is more than enough time to send a submission. Okay, 166 hours and 59 minutes. You got me.
Are there resolution requirements for submissions?
I won’t turn down submissions that are too small. I will probably ask you for a picture of greater resolution if it is really small. The typical 4 x 6 image posted to my website has a resolution of 1280 pixels x 853 pixels. While a 400 x 300 image might look okay on your phone, it looks like trash on a computer monitor. I prefer images that are at least 1000 pixels at their largest point, but don’t ban smaller pictures at this point.
What format should my submission be?
.JPG but .PNG also works.
If I write a description of my image will you include that in your post?
No. Photography is art that should stand on its own.
When will you start accepting suggestions for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE themes?
I will accept those the last Monday of October and the first Monday of November. I only accept suggestions in the “Comments” section of the journal entries on those days. Don’t text me or email me them or call me or Snapchat me. Put them in the Comments section of the journal entries on those days. I have my reasons.
Why do you hate cats?
I don’t hate cats, they go to the bathroom inside and that is disgusting. But I don’t hate cats, eagles have to eat too. Cats make good eagle snacks.
As of 12:01 PM on Monday, June 27, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):
+ Lori Backous – 1 week
+ Suzie Brannen – 1 week
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
+ Derrick Gorshe – 1 week
+ Evie Gorshe – 1 week
+ Layla Gorshe – 1 week
+ Mary Green – 1 week (3)
+ Monica Jennings – 1 week
+ Stephanie Kim – 1 week
+ Willy McAlpine – 1 week
+ Becky Parmelee – 2 weeks
+ Mike Vest – 2 weeks
+ Angie DeWaard – 3 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 6 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 8 weeks (4)
+ Jesse Howard – 10 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 12 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 13 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 15 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 23 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 23 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 23 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 24 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 25 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 26 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 27 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 31 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 32 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 34 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 37 weeks (3)
But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:
Beck and Harrison Gorshe – 1 week
22 participants. Not bad considering the holiday. But obviously, there was a blood bath of streaks that ended. Lori, Suzie, Derrick, Evie, Layla, Monica, Stephanie, and Willy all had 1 week “streak” not make it to two weeks. Vest and Becky had 2 week streaks. Most tragically, Jesse had is 10 week streak hit the ash heap of history.
But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:
ROAD TRIP! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!
But what is a ROAD TRIP photo? It is simply any picture that is taken during or in preparation for a ROAD TRIP. Or even as the result of a ROAD TRIP. What is the difference between a ROAD TRIP and just running to the store or to work? Doesn’t have to be. A ROAD TRIP is generally thought to be a long-distance journey. But who am I define what you consider to be “long-distance”.
When considering your possible subjects for your ROAD TRIP picture meditate on the following quote:
If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.
– Lewis Carroll
I look forward to your interpretations.