Surprise December BigGameHunt Grand Slam Challenge Round
As most of you may be aware by now, we have been conducting a contest called the BigGameHunt Grand Slam Challenge contest each month since July. BGH members compete based on the quantity and quality of their contributions to the BigGameHunt website.
Originally we intended to only hold five rounds, one for each of the months from July through November. However we are pleased to announce that we will be having a surprise 6th round starting off December 1st and running though the final day of 2010. The reason we decided to have an additional round is because Vanguard generously offered a variety of binoculars, tripods, and shooting sticks to sponsor December. We decided to throw in a Remington 700 XCR in 300 Remington Ultra Mag and a few Wyoming knives to bring the total number of prizes up to 10.
Having monitored and judged many contributions since July, here are some tips and trends that have come out of the previous contests.
1.) Start early. If you want to place in the top three, its important to start contributing from day one. There does not appear to be any example in the last five months where someone has started mid-month and been able to place high.
2.) Make well rounded contributions. Through tuning of the algorithms and point system the contest emphasizes the importance of contributing a variety of comments, forum topics, tips, photos and stories, and photo galleries. All top winners have placed with a variety of contributions.
3.) Prepare early. If you plan to submit tips or stories in December it helps to prepare them in advance, because stories require photos and tips score better with photos. Getting photos located, scanned, and ready to go helps so you're prepared when the contest starts. We have had to turn down good stories because they lacked original photos. Tips will always score better with original photos or graphics that support the tip.
4.) New Changes to the Comment Scoring system. For this last round we have made significant changes to the comment scoring system. It takes into account previous variables we haven't used, for judging the quality and quantity of comments on BGH.