I would like to begin an open conversation on how best to improve the photo contest. We have had an ongoing monthly contest for over ten years and I definitely want to continue that tradition. However, in order to continue some changes are required to reduce the time needed to manage each contest. Also, I think we can probably make improvements to increase transparency and participation. Each photo contest has three main stages: 1. Photo Submission 2. Entry Reduction 3. Member Voting The entry reduction stage requires the most time to manage and creates the most headaches. So what is the reduction stage and why do we need it? That's a great question, Brad. The entry reduction stage is where we reduce the original entry count down to a more manageable number. Ultimately, it provides two main services. First, it acts as a filter to increase the quality of each poll option and creates a mechanism to enforce themes when applicable. Second, and I believe a more important factor, it reduces the poll options to a more manageable number for voters. As the poll options increase in number, members are less inclined to invest the time needed to make a proper selection. A poll with 20 options will usually get fewer votes overall than a poll with 3 options. In the past we have received as many as 100 entries for a single contest. We also tend to get more comments from the community when the number of poll options is small. That being said, we want as many people as possible to be involved in the contests. Trying to find a balance between that and the need to reduce the number of poll options has been an ongoing struggle for years. I'm open to new ideas, comments and suggestions from the community. There is no rush; I expect this discussion could last for a couple months before any permanent changes are made. For anyone offering suggestions I want to thank you for your time and ask that you consider the goals listed below. Reduce time investment The contest currently takes a tremendous amount of time to try and fairly reduce the entry count to a more manageable level. I need to find a way to reduce that time investment. Maintain or Improve Integrity Any changes made to the contest should maintain or improve its integrity. By integrity I mean transparency and the perception of fairness. Maintain or Increase Participation I want to achieve the above goals while maintaining, or hopefully increasing, member participation.