In another thread we have been discussing, among other things, the themes for our competitions. One of the matters that was brought up was encouraging our beginner members to join in both the competitions and the challenges more. One aspect of that was the themes we have.
As beginners you are often busy trying to understand how your camera works, get your head around the settings and how to do various photographic techniques. The point was raised that by having themed photo of the week competitions, we are impeding you from entering as you are most happy when you photograph the things you enjoy and adding a theme is often outside what you enjoy. It was suggested we have more Open (not themed) Beginner competitions on Ausphotography to allow you to enter photos of things your enjoy taking photos of, leaving you to learn better photography techniques and skills. So you do not have to think, where am I going to go to get a running water shot, when you much prefer to take photos of your children, pets or flowers. By offering more Open (not themed) competitions you do not need to find a location with running water and can enter a photo from what you love to take photos of.
So my question to beginner members, is would you prefer more non-themed competitions? And would that encourage you to enter our Photo of the Week more often?
Any other thoughts and suggestions from beginner members will also be taken on board, so if you have something you want to suggest, please do so. After all, Ausphotography is here for you, the members of the site, and if we can make the site more enjoyable and encouraging, we will.