This is a general observation that Mongo has made for some time now.
If Mongo's understanding of the votes actually cast is correct, then, the disappointment is simple:-
- there are over 18,000 members of AP
- approx. 50 entries in last weekly comp. in which only 71 members only voted in the qualifying round
- only 93 voted in the final
Mongo is not disappointed with the number of entries - that is not the issue. He guesses the real issue is in the relative disinterest shown to participate in a simple vote which helps sustain one of AP's activities. An activity which Mongo thinks helps us become better photographers in that it makes us stretch our imaginations, resources and skills to compete. Getting out of that comfort zone is what makes us grow. It can be like doing scales when learning a musical instrument - you might hate it temporarily but you tend to appreciate it when it brings surprisingly good results.
This is intended to stir some thought and not to be negative or offensive. So, please do not take it any other way.
Rightly or wrongly, Mongo has not has his say