Excited for you. Grandchildren are the best for a lot of reasons, #1 not necessarily being that they do go home to their parents after a fun visit. Tim
, if you come up with a height growth hormone, let me know, please. Caroline
, I agree with Catherine that Pixabay is great and the search can be tricky to get what you want exactly, so knowing that, you just have to keep trying. I am often surprised at the quality of photos there. Just look at the right column of a selected photo to see what it's parameters are. I have never seen one yet that was not totally free for use, even commercial. Not to say that doesn't exist but you must check, easy to do.
I must say I am always surprised how naive I am at how much more involved an event can be, like, let's say, a photo contest! Of course I do tend to add to things more than I probably need to, but I do tend to feel I have to run with ideas that excite me. So here I am.
It has been a great deal of pressure, but also very rewarding and fun when things go according to how I hoped they would!
There are 2 reasons I started this contest, one was to acquire some great unique photo's for my site and to build traffic. Which is definitely happening.
But there are 3 other things too that are encouraging that I was not counting on. One is that holding the contest on my site using C2, I will be building pages. After the contest is over I will go in and make the pages I want to keep, worthy of search engine recognition. This also helps me to reach the goal I set last fall for 200 pages by May 2018.
Otherwise I would be way behind.
Second is, building working relationships with the people I have asked to be judges. I asked 11, I have 3 confirmed and a 4th person has just accepted my invitation. Most of the people I asked I have had no previous dealing with. I have followed their blogs or websites over the years or know from FB or they are just prominent people in the birding world or converse with them other places, like maybe here!.
But the judges part has been exciting and fun.
So now I am stuck and cannot remember the 3rd thing, so I will be back! Keep it going everyone!