The Great Photography Competition… And Vuvuzelas

Sarah Hawk

Some weeks I am overcome with the need to write about something. The words pour out of my fingers as fast as I can think them. Other weeks I sit at my computer and agonize for ages over something to write about. I suspect you can tell what kind of week it is by reading my post. The way I feel doesn’t seem to have any direct correlation to how much is going on in the community – but it affects whether the goings-on are the main subject (on ‘can’t think of a subject’ weeks) or side notes (on ‘got more to say than I can reasonably expect people to read’ weeks).

Over the last week we have had a LOT going on. For the first time since I started in this role I realised that there is more work than I can possibly expect to get done. For that reason you’d think that I’d have a lot to write about – and I do – but for some reason I can’t seem to find a thread to tie it all together. The two things that stand out as constants for me this week are time zone calculations and the sound of the vuvuzela.

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The reason for the calculations is The Great Photography Competition. (I suspect I needn’t explain the vuvuzelas.) To celebrate the launch of our latest book Photography For The Web, we decided to do something to inject a bit of life into our Photography forum. I am absolutely blown away by the response that we’ve had, despite the fact that I confused the hell out of everybody by trying to enforce submission times involving complicated time zone calculations. There are some incredible photos being submitted. By the time I post this, it will be too late to submit images, but it’s definitely NOT too late to check out some of the amazing work. Take a look at these…

On Day 1 I asked people to submit images of either a fast food restaurant or a composition of office supplies.

On Day 2 the subjects were either a bus or taxi, or a post box.

Day 3 was all about statues and graffiti.

On Day 4 people had to shoot either an insect or a composition of three types of fruit.

And on the final day – today – the choices are a group of people in a public place or an elderly person.

We have had 4 winners so far, with one left to decide on later today and a grand prize winner who’s work you’ll see showcased in this blog. I’m looking forward to that.

A few other things that are going on around the place include our new Developing For Mobile Devices sub forum. Gotta move with the times…

Due to popular demand we have instated the ability to report a private message at the forums. If you are the unfortunate recipient of a spam message (or a message that concerns you for any other reason) then please report it so that a moderator can deal with it for you.

We have made some progress with the results of our recent Facebook viral event and I’m super excited to be able to show you the collage that we made from the faces of everyone that took part.

Hot Topics This Week
Episode 3 of The SitePoint Forumcast: After Hours has been released. You can check it out in the News and Announcements forum.

There’s a bit of geek-speak going on in the HTML and XHTML forum. If you’re interested in whether HTML 4.01 Transitional DTD is the answer, then head on over and say your bit.

Funnily enough, the talk in General Chat is all about Spain and… vuvuzelas.

There is a very interesting thread in Business and Legal Issues about whether you should change your invoice if a customer believes that you haven’t done enough work to justify it. I wouldn’t… would you?

Well I guess I had plenty to say after all… catch you next week.

Feature image by Chris Roberts from Digital Precision

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