Perhaps also breaking the contests down by experience instead of theme?
I know when I just came to this forum seeing some of the entries made me think "oh I will never win" lol.
Or even perhaps just adding a new tank of the week post , for new members . Something to get those who just joined interested.
And +1 to easier photo add.
we are trying to find a solution for the picture loading ,
These two contests are not based on experience , example it's a nice clean creative scape not experience I look for creative and the cleanliness , I don't look for how long you have been in the hobby novas to the most experienced are treated as equals .
when I scout for tanks I look for the creativity of the layout for the TOTM , originality
is another aspect of what I look for ,
POTM is basically the same but according to the theme , both saltwater and freshwater are welcome with every theme. In the POTM I leave the judging up to the the winner of the previous month ,
I do expect a fair judging not based on experience but what the theme is and how it was caught and presented , I do expect the judge to be fair with their choice for a winner not based on if it's freshwater or saltwater , not favoring one certain water type..
In the TOTM I use a computer generated wheel with the choosing of tanks , so there is no form of favoritism , another example I will not put a less experienced tank against 2 highly experienced tanks and vise versa ,
if two beginner tanks arise on the wheel than a more experienced tank comes up I put that tank back in the vault and spin for another equal tank so it's fair, same goes for the experienced if two come up than a less experienced tank comes up I do the same thing find another equal tank and put the other tank back in the vault,
with this contest your fellow fish keepers will vote on a poll to find a winner I also ask if you brows this page place your vote it don't just appear because you visited the page .
I keep tank owners anonymous until there win. to make things as fair as I can .
If I see any sort of favoritism I will bring it to a vote behind closed doors with the AA staff , this will bring a fair outcome .
I encourage everyone to post pictures in the show off your tank thread as I brows through it daily, for tanks to add to the vault . I'm always in need for both fresh and salt. I also encourage if you see a tank you think needs to be nominated please let me know via pm ,