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03/15/2012 02:12:19 PM · #1
After being a Betterphoto member since December, 2003, I have to say goodbye in three days. I have never paid membership there--it used to be free. I enjoyed having another monthly competition without source date restrictions, but I don't think it's worth the yearly cost now.

I don't recall when they started charging, but it was quite a while ago...but they used to give free 1-year membership for a 2nd place win (there are about 40 or more second places each month). And fortunately, I accumulated a number of extra years that way. Unfortunately, they stopped giving away anything for second place quite a few years ago, so my "end of term" finally caught up with me.

I imagine maybe they're making more money now, but I'm not so sure it's best for the site. What happens when they bleed too many members...I know ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' ursula's membership expired a while ago; probably more of you too.

How many others here are just waiting to "expire"? Who will be the last to leave?

I think ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' banmorn has the record number of accumulated years...shut the lights off when you leave Rob!

Message edited by author 2012-03-15 14:12:58.
03/15/2012 02:32:16 PM · #2
I took an online class there several years ago, "Image Design" there with Tony Sweet as the instructor. There was some kind of free membership/portfolio thing there. I wasn't the only DPC'er there, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' jmsetzler and ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Gordon were both in there as well. It was a fun time.
03/15/2012 02:39:58 PM · #3
Left 2 years back once my membership expired (win based). Your post reminded me that this website still exists. Its been ages since I even visited it.
03/15/2012 03:54:48 PM · #4
I am still there....haven't posted anything there for a very long time (over a year). I still recieve e-mail notifications when I get a message or two. I never paid for a membership either (won a few medals) so my membership is set to expire on 1/27/2021.

ETA: I just noticed that I posted one photo for the entire year of 2011.

Message edited by author 2012-03-15 15:55:56.
03/15/2012 04:33:28 PM · #5
I have been there many years as well. Don't go there much anymore either. Not sure when my membership expires but not sure I will renew when it comes around. Like Neil I liked the lesser restrictions in the contests.
03/15/2012 04:39:35 PM · #6
Originally posted by Neil:

I think ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' banmorn has the record number of accumulated years...shut the lights off when you leave Rob!


My pholio expires 2/24/2035. We'll see what happens.
03/15/2012 04:49:19 PM · #7
Never heard of it... did i miss anything?
03/15/2012 05:11:46 PM · #8
I first noticed I wasn't getting credit for second place wins in 2010 (just found the message)...here's what they wrote back:

Hi Neil:

Thank you for your email. We have not been giving a prize to our 2nd place winners for almost two years now. Only first place and grand prize winners receive a prize in the photography contest. Our first place prize is now a $25 B&H gift card and our Grand Prize is a web site.

I took a look and your current expiration date on your Basic Membership is correct. Please let me know if you need anything else. Thanks!


So they stopped giving them out sometime in 2008. And I would have added quite a few free years after that...I think I got more second places after 2008 than before!

Just for fun, everyone post your Betterphoto statistics! I need to capture mine before my pholio goes away. :)

Ok, counted:

Finalists: 49
Second Place: 20
POTD: 3
1st Place: 1

Sounds pretty good for 9 years, but I'm sure that pales to Rob and Jennifer, Ursula, and Librodo... it was fun while it lasted... Post em if you got em. I am especially curious to see your numbers Rob!

(I was very happy to win the one first place because they sent me my favorite camera bag ever...the Tamrac Velocity 6...the perfect size for light carry)

03/15/2012 05:29:31 PM · #9
Originally posted by vawendy:

Never heard of it... did i miss anything?

I heard of it but never signed up ... I can't seem to manage more than one of any type of photo site (contest, print, stock, etc.) -- I have a hard enough time keeping track of that.
03/15/2012 05:38:51 PM · #10
Originally posted by vawendy:

Never heard of it... did i miss anything?


Nah, they have a no squirrel policy jk.jk.jk ;)

But seriously, it's just a place where you could submit a photo and where there was a panel of judges rather than users to rate it. Well, rate isn't the right word...but it could be just an "editors pick" (many many get picked), or a finalist (lots of those too), second place (10 per category I think), first place (one per category), or grand prize. Librodo has one the grand prize more than once I think...maybe others here too (not me).

The whole point of the contest was to promote Betterphoto...they'd send you a press release which you could distribute to your local paper, with a line or two about your photo and the rest about Betterphoto.

03/15/2012 05:59:13 PM · #11
Yep, I let mine expire when my wins ran out, too. A year or more ago.
03/15/2012 06:07:00 PM · #12
Was a member not any more, it was ok but not for me really
03/15/2012 07:08:31 PM · #13
Finalists: 189
Second Place: 42
POTD: 7
1st Place: 2

Here's a LINK to the Top 100 Wins and Finalists
03/15/2012 10:24:46 PM · #14
Originally posted by Neil:

Originally posted by vawendy:

Never heard of it... did i miss anything?


Nah, they have a no squirrel policy jk.jk.jk ;)

But seriously, it's just a place where you could submit a photo and where there was a panel of judges rather than users to rate it. Well, rate isn't the right word...but it could be just an "editors pick" (many many get picked), or a finalist (lots of those too), second place (10 per category I think), first place (one per category), or grand prize. Librodo has one the grand prize more than once I think...maybe others here too (not me).

The whole point of the contest was to promote Betterphoto...they'd send you a press release which you could distribute to your local paper, with a line or two about your photo and the rest about Betterphoto.


No Squirrels?? What kind of dumb site is that??? :P

$25 gift certificates would be nice. I think Langdon should put that into place. :)
03/16/2012 01:00:41 AM · #15
Finalists: 98
Second Place: 20
POTD: 4
1st Place: 4
03/16/2012 05:56:49 AM · #16
I started over there in 2003 but I have not been on that site for years now. Had a couple that made editors choice but then a lot of the photos over there do. Might check it out again and see if it can inspire me to take photos again.

03/17/2012 07:39:00 AM · #17
Originally posted by banmorn:

Finalists: 189 191
Second Place: 42 44
POTD: 7 8
1st Place: 2

Here's a LINK to the Top 100 Wins and Finalists


Got another POTD today.:D

03/25/2012: 2 more finalists
03/28/2012: 2 more Second Places
05/02/2012: 2 more finalists

Message edited by author 2012-05-03 09:24:12.
03/17/2012 09:13:06 AM · #18
Congrat's Rob! And impressive showing in the stats too (and Jennifer!)

As I understand it, they delete my portfolio when my account ends, so it probably doesn't matter that I had entries in this month (or last!). I'm tempted to delete all my non-winners from there, and then take a screen shot of all the winners "together". At least that's what Ursula said...she said her portfolio was "zap" gone after her membership ended.
03/18/2012 05:11:25 PM · #19
My last day...I deleted all my Editors Picks and a few that were nobody's picks, leaving only my Finalists and Winners for my last day.

You can visit and see them here:
//www.betterphoto.com/gallery/gallery.asp?memberID=52211&pageID=1&rows=30&style=
03/28/2012 10:31:13 PM · #20
Originally posted by banmorn:

[quote=banmorn] Finalists: 189 191193194 196 204
Second Place: 42 44 50
POTD: 7 10
1st Place: 2

Here's a LINK to the Top 100 Wins and Finalists


03/30/2013 Update to date through the February, 2013 contest.

Message edited by author 2013-03-30 06:08:33.
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