Where does one go to photograph, lions, tigers, scenes from India, etc? Is there something non-inclusive in our choices of challenges?

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I do not understand why some of the challenge categories are selected when the title of the challenge is not explained, i.e., what does "Paisagem" stand for? Lions and Tigers? How many of us have seen lions & tigers outside of a zoo? India? How many of us have ever been to India or plan to go there? Hyderabad???? Angela Marie Monroe??? Who is she? What kind of photographs does one post on her challenge? So, how do we photograph images that fall into these extremely specialized challenges? Where do people go to photograph lions, tigers, scenes from India, etc. Most of our photography is creative...so why a "Creative" category? I think the challenge categories should be scrutinized more by the administrators and selected so that most of us can participate in them. And, btw...who does select the Challenges? I feel extremely limited in submitting photos when there are so many narrow theme challenges that I don't understand, or when it would be impossible for me to photograph subjects within the category, i.e, India and Hydrabad. I am relatively new to Pixoto and am beginning to get discouraged.
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Lenore

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Challenges are mostly for fun and are not the focus of the site. Depending on where we live (and Pixoto members are from all over, with a very large number of users who are not from North America or Europe), some challenges will be totally irrelevant to us -- for example, I live in Canada and I could create a "Great White North" challenge for snowy scenes, which would be useless to anyone who lives in a warm climate where there is no snow, unless they've travelled to snowy locales. That's not too different a scenario from the Tiger challenge, where you're most likely to get your photographs from a zoo or animal sanctuary (there is a wonderful Big Cat sanctuary in Indiana, for example) rather than where you live.

Some challenges are odd though, for sure. I too have shook my head, bewildered, at some of them, but they are created by fellow Pixoto members and, unless it's offensive or obscene, we are all free to create whatever kind of challenges we want, for whatever reasons we want. Like I said, with the exception of sponsored challenges, they're all just for fun.
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Thanks very much for your quick response, Lenorel. I got into "pixoto" for fun, however, I feel pretty strongly that the challenges should be much boarder to include as many members as possible.For me, we are members to post our work in as many places as possible - thus we grow artistically. And it IS fun to compete. You are from Canada, & obviously those who wanted the theme to be India or Hydrabad would not be able to take photos of Canada. However, a much more inclusive category, like "Our Back Yard," or the less interesting title "Our Home Town, etc., could be utilized and people from India and Canada could participate. We have 3 categories for fall - "Fall Into Fall:" "Yellow Hued Leaves on Trees," & "Red Leaf Trees." I really think this is redundant. Autumn Leaves," or "Autumn Scenes" would have been good and freed up 2 categories for other types challenges. I am not saying this is NOT fun. I am saying that Pixto could be more inclusive in their category challenges and still allow much variety in subject matter. And of all, I do think each category, especially the obscure ones, should be defined.

PS - an example of a Challenge where many could participate and which is really interesting is "Famous Landmarks."
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I'm not sure you understand :-) -- you say that Pixoto should be more inclusive in their category challenges. The key word you used is "their". Pixoto does NOT run these challenges, they are created by Pixoto users, just like you and me. Sometimes, people will create a challenge that is similar to another one being run. No big deal.

The other thing you said was "category". Please don't confuse the categories we choose when we upload photos with the title or theme of a challenge. Two totally different things :-)

When you look at the Challenge page, you will see "Promoted Challenges" and "Community Challenges". There is one Challenge each week -- this week's is Famous Landmarks -- that IS a Pixoto challenge (in other words, a "Promoted Challenge") and has prizes involved. The rest are just challenges created by any member who wants to create one, on whatever topic they wish.
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As Lenore said, there are official Pixoto challenges and community (user) challenges. From time to time there will be challenges you can enter that I can't and visa versa. A couple of the community challenges that I can't enter are "Covered Bridges" and "American Civil War Monuments" that's OK I might put up a community challenge for "Australian Landmarks". It just means that we can't all enter every challenge.

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