Welcome to yet another delayed challenge, but it should be the last time, thanks to a new judging process, which I'll cover at the end of the post. Anyway, let's get the first bit of business out of the road: The theme for this month is FEAST. And it's due by 27th of October 2004. That gives you two weeks to get out there and capture something excellent. Just remember that photos taken before the 13th of October, 2004 (ie, today), isn't acceptable, the entry has to be taken between now and the due date. For those who have never entered an Iron Photographer challenge, welcome! Glad you could join us. Here you'll find the challenge rules. Please read them before you post in the entries thread, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Myself or any of the denizens of the photography forum will be more than happy to help out. Another rule to be introduced this month (and will be added to the rules post) is regarding thumbnails that are placed in the entries thread. Please ensure that thumbnails placed in the entries thread are no more than 200 pixels wide, and link to the original, larger image. This is important, because having a huge image in the thread - while not hurting anyone - can be difficult to view. Much better to have a smaller, easier-to-swallow thumbnail. I've had a few quiet mutterings about it in the past (including from myself), so it's just something that is easy to avoid and makes things smoother. Note that if you break this rule, you won't be disqualified, but you'll get a tersely worded PM from an admin. Right, final port of call. Over the months, we've had a few issues with judging and the time it takes. Some of the delays have been entirely my fault (which I've apologised for before) and some have been delays in getting a top ten list back from people in order to collate the 'final' top ten. The original process was that I would ask several (3-5) forum admins to give me their favourite ten entries. I would then count up the votes for each entry and the ten with the most votes would be entered in the publicly-vote-able Top Ten thread, which the forum members would then vote upon. As stated, this system did give some delays, and also fielded some criticism that because it was purely admins voting that it may skew the top ten list. Some people complained that their top ten was entirely different from the chosen ten. In order to address these issues, I've decided to put the onus on the members. The process now is that when the entries close, I will place a post in that month's 'Details and discussion' thread (ie, this one ) stating that I'm now accepting top tens. Members are then free to submit their top ten list to the thread. I will accept the first ten posts and then collate them as per usual and post up a 'final' top ten list for everyone to vote upon. If less than five 'personal' top ten lists are posted, I will include my own top ten and ask people (admins/whoever) to fill out the numbers. Note: if an entry is unsuitable for consideration, I will note as such in the post. This is not to embarrass the person, but purely so people will know not to vote for that entry, but still allow members to appreciate it. I will discuss the reasons with the person in question via PM - previous to the closing date - giving them the choice of allowing the post to stay, or removing it all together. Please give me your feedback on this new process in this thread, as I'd like to get the whole system down pat, so it's as streamlined as possible, and can be handled by any admin without 'personal' interpretation of how it's run. I think you guys deserve to have it run as cohesively and consistantly as possible. That's it, good luck with this months challenge, have fun with it. November's challenge will be somewhat of a doozy, so get your shutter finger into shape! Iron Photographer October - Entries thread. Iron Photographer Rules thread.