re Removal of the “Photo Art” category.
It’s been more than 2 months since the PA category was dumped from NPN, and the images were to be posted in the appropriate Flora, wildlife, Landscape, etc category along with straight images. . I promised myself to remain open-minded, and not say anything for a 2 full months. My tongue is bloody from biting it to stay quiet.
What has happened since is just as Hank and I - and others - predicted in this thread:
PA has gone by the wayside and has been totally devoured by the “straight” images. As for my own PA images during this 2 month trial, I was careful to post only images that had won major contests, so I don’t believe they were not chosen on NPN because of poor quality. They and other’s
PA images were not chosen because straight images were favored. It’s like comparing apples and oranges - they are simply not in the same category so cannot be judged the same. .
Since PA was dropped 2 months ago, Guess how many EP’s in Wildlife have been from the “PA” genre? ZERO
How many from Landscape? ZERO
How many from Macro? ZERO
How many from Avian? ZERO
How many from Human and Fauna? ZERO
How many from non-Nature? ZERO
How many from the WC? ZERO
How many from Flora? ONE - but Flora has always been open to “PA-ish” images, and there were many, many PA images chosen in the Flora category over the past years.
I’d like to suggest/urge that PA be re-instated, perhaps re-named as “Artistic Rendition” or another of the Titles suggested previously.
If we are trying to increase membership, I can tell you that 12 friends either did not renew or did not re-join after PA was discontinued.
It can certainly be limited to “NATURE” subjects only, if that is the decision - but I believe the PA/ AR category adds a lot of interest, variety, and helps people think “out of the box” - which is always a useful thing in any type of photography.
I’m interested in what others think.