For a number of years now, we have had successful monthly photo competitions running, and we have seen some remarkable photographs posted. @wiseowl continues to make sure that they run smoothly, and I am sure you will join me in thanking him for his ongoing efforts. Gardeners Corner continues to grow, and is now well established as THE friendliest gardening forum on the internet, if not the friendliest forum of all - this is borne out by the fact that we are all here, on a daily basis, even in the dead of winter to keep each other company and to share our other hobbies. So, the staff team got to thinking what we could do to build on the success of the Photo Competitions, and what we could do to make things a bit more interesting....... The traditional photo competitions will of course continue, with the winner being posted on the homepage each month - that is a given. However, starting with this year's January winner, the winning photo will also be posted into the new Champion of Champions thread - the staff team will take care of this, so please don't worry that you will have to be re-posting images etc if you win. In addition to this, we will run additional themed Photo Comps throughout the year - the theme will be clearly shown, and will also be seasonally sensitive (so we are not going to be asked for Snow pictures in July ) - voting will be done in the same way as it is for the main Photo Comp, and the winner will be announced on the thread and via a forum notice containing a link to the winning photo. The winner of these themed comps will also go into the Champion of Champion thread. At the end of the year, there will be a vote (exact timing to be decided upon), and the overall winner will have that photo placed onto the homepage (potentially over the New Year period, but this will depend on the timing yet to be decided). In the past couple of weeks, there has been a remarkable amount of interest and support for the changes in the Recipes forums, and we hope that these ideas will also be as interesting to you too - we look forward to being snowed under with photo entries (yes, we love a good photo around here!) in all the competitions. So, get snapping folks, and don't forget - you won't win it if you ain't in it!