Lack of competition entries

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Mark Baker

Thursday, June 28, 2012

I want to thank you all for the kind words received so far about the redesign. It seems that people have liked it. A few suggestions have come forward for articles - I will feed into the cycle as soon as practicable - and other than that I have been pleased so far. I must admit to having expecting some comments re us going metric only with the measurements. I am glad that it has happened as it minimises the risk of errors when the conversions are done and, I have to say, looks somewhat cleaner on the page too without all those brackets and so on.

This month has seen me travelling a lot – more than normal – and the team has done brilliantly working through everything back at base. One of the things that seems to be cropping up where ever I go is competitions and the lack of entries. What is it that is stopping people from entering? I have probably heard every excuse under the sun and have known organisers who have adopted every suggestion to alter parameters to make it ever more inclusive, and invariably the end result is no increase in entries. There are a few exceptions to this, but usually it makes no difference and when asking people they will cite other reasons for not entering. I have come to the conclusion that the "I can’t be bothered" syndrome rules in such matters and it all just seems too much of an effort. People gabble and chunter about this and that and when it comes to it, don’t deliver. This is a very sad reflection on us as a collective of people who come together to share ideas, thoughts and our progress. The last four carving competitions I have been to have had fewer entries than the time before, despite changing rules to accommodate peoples’ suggestions and comments.

Please tell me what can be done to rectify this sad situation. This dilemma is not solely limited to that of carving but unless we do something to halt this decline, we can say goodbye to many of the competitions, which in turn means losing out on the wonderful prizes and in some cases, thousands of pounds" worth. Of course the upshot is that we also lose out on seeing what people are up to and showcasing our work, and this obviously then limits the chance of people seeing what we do.

Hmmm! I will leave this one with you all to ponder. I do hope that this causes some response.

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