Big Year Challenge - any interest

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Alex Rogers
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Big Year Challenge - any interest

Hi all - seems like the challenge section hasn't had a lot of action - anyone want to do a bit of a revival? 

I've been participating on another forum (overseas) in a casual challenge - post as many photos of different species over the year (Big Year) as you can. I've found it good fun and a little impetus to regularly get out there and work on my (beginner) photo skills. It seems there are a few people here that like to photograph birds - anyone interested in posting up all their birds in a tongue-in-cheek "race"? 

If a few people were interested, we could possibly start off with a Small Year (Sep-Dec) 2019 and if that went well and people wanted to, start a Big Year 2020 challenge next year. 

All very casual / fun, open to photos and photographers of all ability, some possible rules (just ideas, open to discussion / suggestions) might include 

  • Request a Big Year subforum to Photo Challenges from the admins to keep it tidy
  • One thread per participant per challenge - eg "Alex's Big Year 2019" and all photos to go in that thread
  • Every Bird Counts (EBC) - as long as it is clearly identifiable
  • Only photos taken by you in Australia within the Year (timeframe) can be submitted
  • Quantity not Quality - only your personal capacity for embarrassment (and EBC rule above) limits you!
  • 1 Species (including all subspecies)  = 1 Point - but feel free to post bonus pics of previously posted birds as you get better photos
  • Rule adjudication by popular vote / howling mob
  • Comments (nice ones) encouraged on all threads, those of us who want advice / criticism can ask for it
  • Winner takes all - fame, adulation, glory, bragging rights

Anyone want to play? :-) Probably needs 4-5 people to get it rolling. 

Cheers

Alex

pip-lb
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I'm on my own personal big year challenge atm and i could definitely incorporate a little year photographic challenge, even though i don't have a huge zoom on my camera i love taking photos so as long as expectations remain low on the photo quality front, i'd love to join in.  

sue818
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I cannot promise too much as travelling and internet access can be an issue. At this stage, I also do not photograph everything I see but will try to play if it generates some interest and enjoyment. A few more people would be better. Can we try Sept to December if Admin is on-board?

Holly
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Hey! Admin here. Sounds like a fabulous idea and I am happy to set things up for you all!

 

I will create a subforum tomorrow (if thats OK, just about to get toddler dinner...)

 

Thanks for taking the lead on this Alex!

 

Cheers
Holly

 

dwatsonbb
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Agree in principle, so long as it is not too complicated to follow. Will send admin a message containing a link to the thread for their input.

I think the challenges were good a year or 2 back, but like everything lost a bit of momentum as members come and go.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

Holly
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dwatsonbb wrote:

 

Agree in principle, so long as it is not too complicated to follow. Will send admin a message containing a link to the thread for their input.

I think the challenges were good a year or 2 back, but like everything lost a bit of momentum as members come and go.

 

Yes thats right Dale - people lost interest and stopped posting. A revival sounds fab though!

Alex Rogers
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Holly, thanks for offering to set that up. Let's give it a crack on a Sep-Dec basis, and see how we go. Great that some of you are interested, let's see if we can get some more. I'll kick off my thread on the weekend - I'm travelling in QLD for work but smuggled my camera with me :-)

Alex Rogers
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Pip and Dale- no expectations, simple as, post identifiable birds and number them, and admire others who do same :-)

Holly
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Sub forum has been created! Enjoy!

 

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