yeah its tricky, last season we were hoping that people might join because the club offered a non-killing option, unfortunately it didnt really pan out well as the numbers werent justifiable for major prizes, i hear what your saying and getting people involved in the comp and then perhaps joining the club is ideal, just need to find a balance thats suits the participates,
the member and non member section might work, but, it may cause some- you against them- atmosphere (which may work or could backfire), have to check what people think.
having comp days might really get people motivated and build their own photo collection, if people are interested then we can work something out.
the vic challenge format was the original idea, after much consideration it would have given experienced divers a huge advantage. we are also trying to encourage the novices divers to participate, and asking people to get a photo of a...stargazer or rockling or bronze whaler would leave a select few to take those shoots. also we are attempting to make the comp as fun and friendly as possible, so the freedom is there to take photos of whatever you want, though the judges may score an average photo of a rockling higher than a average photo of a leather jacket.
some great ideas rhino, thanks heaps for the input, keep it coming...