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Donna Rowley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/5/2004
 

Prizes


All that's happening with the change to the free contest has got me thinking...

A few people have mentioned the prizes today (or lack of). Does anyone have any suggestions for a (reasonable )replacement prize?

For example - some people are chuffed to bits with just getting a EFP tag under their photo. Would anyone be even more chuffed to get some sort of downloadable certificate with their photo on it if they got 2nd place (which doesn't seem to get anything now).

I entered a local comp and I got a nice certificate to brag about (or stuff in a drawer). I also got a few quid cash too but lets not mention that here!

Any ideas anyone?!


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7/1/2008 8:41:29 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  It's not the prize at all, it's the elimination of second place that's upsetting me. I think your idea is a good one.


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7/1/2008 11:23:17 AM

 
Nadya Johnson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/19/2004
  I was thinking the same thing today ... "Great minds think alike." LOL! I came to one conclusion, though. It was never the prize I cared about! Not really. Frankly, I'd be happy if they called them runners-up or maybe Honorable Mentions, as they did with the other contest. The motivating factor was the thought of having photos recognized and featured (to me). Not the free gallery, even though I will admit that it was nice to get one now and then. Conversely, there is not much motivate to enter a contest at all, if you think you have almost NO chance of winning, period! And that would be the case if they limit those they show to 1st Prize winners only, and the Grand. Speaking for myself, I don't know how long I'd hang around... it would get discouraging. May never win at all, but there should be a very real CHANCE! Otherwise, there doesn't seem to be a point. (I wonder, do they read these threads??)


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7/1/2008 1:38:54 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Sure they read them..Watch how fast they disappear if something is said that's objectionable. Now do they answer them? Not so much.


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7/1/2008 1:47:30 PM

 
Dennis Flanagan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2005
  Carolyn, I could be wrong, but I don't think 2nd place is going away. Simply the prize for getting 2nd is going away.


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7/1/2008 4:05:26 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  There's no second place listed under prizes anymore at all.


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7/1/2008 4:14:20 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Since I don't win anymore I don't care ;). All joking aside, I think it's too bad the 2nd place gallery wins are going away. I wondered why they felt they had to do that until I saw the increase in the cost of a gallery for a year. That's more than the 1st place prize of the camera bag. I think the next few months will be interesting. I wonder how many people will be willing to pay to enter the contest to the tune of $50 a year or more only to watch the same people win month in and month out???


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7/1/2008 6:54:15 PM

 
Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  Did anyone announce anything about the changes in prizes? Did I miss something? I did see what it says on the contest page... But BP - please do tell us what that means exactly?!


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7/1/2008 7:17:47 PM

 
Dennis Flanagan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2005
  Prizes no, but I'd bet your car on it Carolyn that the 2nd place "win" with the gold button will not go away.


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7/1/2008 9:05:49 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Another idea...half the former number of second places..that would keep the cost about the same to them.


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7/2/2008 4:43:52 AM

 
Donna Rowley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/5/2004
  1 Grand Prize - Deluxe gallery

10 Runners up - Basic gallery(does it really have to be called basic?!)

20 Second place - those darn bags (I presume there's an enormous job-lot of them somewhere that Betterphoto want rid of) OR if you don't want one of those darn bags can you have a "get x number of seconds to get a basic gallery".

And everyone above gets a downloadable certificate they can print if they wish.


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7/2/2008 6:55:13 AM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/16/2006
  do prizes have anything to do with Editor Picks? What are they?


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7/2/2008 7:13:10 AM

 
Samantha L. Dean
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/17/2006
  IMHO the new "basic" gallery is a very nice option with some obvious tweaks still needing to be completed. I joined this site and was here for almost a year before I learned enough and progressed enough to purchase a premium gallery. It was always my hope (goal) to win one. :-) Still hasn't happened. The one and only finalist I got was so exciting I literally cried. (sounds stupid I know). For me those badges (EP included) are very hard earned and validate to myself that I am learning and progressing. There is some stiff competition on this site from some very talented photographers (beginner to pro) and I am hoping against hope that we can keep our badges. That is what has kept me coming back day after day, week after week, and year after year! The friends, the fun, the education, and the badges. Just the opinion from a stranger on the internet. :-)


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7/2/2008 7:43:14 AM

 
Marianne Fortin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/23/2006
  I don't think they are doing away with second place winners being displayed on the winners page and having badges. There just won't be a specific prize.

That's why second isn't listed under the prizes section because there is no prize.

QUOTE:
Need another incentive? We have very cool prizes too!
The Grand Prize winner gets a Deluxe BetterPholio™ or 4-week photography course.
First Place winners receive a Tamrac Sling Pack
END QUOTE.

That's my interpretation of it, but I could be wrong!



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7/2/2008 7:48:35 AM

 
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