I would like to add my somewhat late thoughts to those already posted. Since joining this rather special (dare I say unique?) friendly forum way back in 2009, I have always thought of the photo-contest as an essential but always fun part of the activities offered. It was therefore disappointing for me to hear of a complaint that the monthly contest prizes were in some way inadequate.
If it helps remove the possibility of a similar occurrence in the future , then I absolutely agree that prizes should be stopped. However, as also previously expressed, should the decision be made to end the completion all together in order to allow Pavel to allocate more of his limited spare time to family etc, then that decision also meets with my approval: how could I say otherwise?
However, it does seem true that the numbers actively using the forum are dwindling and I fear that this apathy will, in any event, lead to the forum eventual winding down.
Am I allowed, with your blessing Pavel, to say 'use it or lose it'?
Best regards to all you forum user regardless of the outcome! This forum has certainly inspired me to try (and occasionally succeed) in taking better pictures and much pleasure has resulted from this inspiration.