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I am surprised at the small number of entries in the "weekly featured image" series. A semi random look at some past entries showed 2 with 8 entries and 3 with 12. So far this week there are 3 and last week I think 5.

In a group dedicated to photography I'd have thought there would be many more willing to "have a go". I realise that it can be quite challenging to submit a photo that you personally like for some reason and have it given low ratings by the group, but the drop from 12 or so to 3 or 4 suggests a stronger disincentive.

Are people aware of the feature - "just" having it written on the top of the screen is easily enough missed. I stumbled over it by mistake only, after having it literally in front of my eyes.

How can this be promoted?
Should it be? ...?

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    It's good to have just 3 or 4 -- there's a better chance of winning! ;) – drewbenn May 23 '12 at 21:37
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    I've been on this site for many months and I just found out about it a week or two ago! Not sure why it took me so long... – Paul Cezanne May 24 '12 at 19:34
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    It's been at least a week since I've seen a subway/tunnel picture of the week, so someone will surely pop in and post one of those. – dpollitt May 29 '12 at 1:52
  • Erm, subways and tunnels will probably be me! – Sean Jun 18 '12 at 20:14
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For discussion, here are the number of entries from the last 74 contests, which I think is all of them (the last number in this list is from Weekly Featured Image: Nov. 4, '10).

5 6 8 8 10 9 7 15 11 8 7 6 4 9 8 11 11 13 7 10 9 10 6 8 11 7 9 8 12 12 14 12 12 13 8 9 8 7 12 7 7 10 5 7 10 9 4 10 8 5 7 9 10 6 5 7 9 11 9 7 9 8 10 8 6 8 4 6 7 3 10 11 12 12

(The most-recent on the left, the oldest on the right.)

simple graph of the numbers above

(I see "75% of the time we have 7-12 entries, with 14 weeks below that and 4 above, and right now we're working on the fourth-ever streak of 2 weeks outside that range.")

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    The upvote is for posting the source :) – MattJ Jun 13 '12 at 23:15
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Today I once again thought about the "picture of the week", and that I should submit a few of my photos. Then I realised that this weeks "competition" is just about to finish (tonight / Sunday night) and that next weeks thread will be started tomorrow (Monday).

What I find is that almost always remember PotW during the weekend, but then it's a bit pointless to submit a photo.

Maybe we should start next weeks thread on Saturdays or Sundays, not on Monday. That way people can submit next weeks photo while they have a bit of spare time during the weekend.

I'm not sure this would help, but I think it would make it easier for me to submit.

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I'm aware of the feature (since a couple of weeks ago), and don't think it needs (or can easily get) greater visibility.

I'm mainly mulling over which photos I could submit, or I'd probably have done it already.

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The contest has always been linked to from the banner since we came out of beta (i.e. as long as we've had the contest).

It may just be a perception that there are few entries, but think of it as your chance to stand a better chance :)

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