It may be better if we have ideas for themes, but only announce a month out - keeps material fresh. I agree with generic themes - we could easily do things like: beach shot, mall crawler shot, moonlight shot, etc - rather than lift, interior, and truck specifics. We could also mix in MOTM every quarter - no bad ideas.The thanks idea also allows easier voting from the autoguide app.
Here is another idea.
In December, have a nomination/vote thread for all of the ideas for different categories for 2016. Examples of categories could be member of the month, trip/photo of the month, lifted 4x of the month, non-lifted truck of the month, etc, snow truck pic of the month, and some others mentioned above.
Have everyone vote on the categories for the up coming year 2016, so we know in advance what is coming for the year. The top 12 or top 4 (if quarterly contest is used) categories are the ones that will be used.
The issue with the categories though, is they have to be generic enough to provide the opportunity for easy nominations.
I've mentioned I prefer to ditch the voting altogether and have the winner be random. The voting takes too long, minimal members participate, and then everyone has a fair chance to win, just like a lotto.
Whatchu think o dat?