UPDATE this scheme is now (and has been for a while) running. You can find the bios of the mentors on offer here: http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/beyond-basics/125099-official-mentors-bio-list.html Please note all on the list should be available to mentor, but some have reduced their forum surfing time. A private message should reach them without problems, but do be patient when waiting and give them a few days to respond. Been toying with this idea for a while now, and TPF looks to be a big enough community to try such an approach (other forums I am on for photographer are much much smaller). Basically this site has a good range of experienced photographers and also a large number of newer, less experienced photographers. At the moment we post up our shots and see what people say, but at times I think some are looking for more than just compliments as to their current skill and are looking for something more - those harsh words about the small errors and what to do next time. At the moment its a rather hit and miss system, mostly as the rate of new threads is fast so its possible for some peoples posts to get overlooked and dropped off the page - even with bumping. My suggestion then is a simple one - experienced members opt for being "mentors" to the inexperienced members - selected by the mentor (so you could watch one or one hundred members at once). As part of this the mentor would be expected (hoped) to comment fully on photos posted by the beginners and to advise to the best of their ability. Now some might say that they would prefer pms from members if they want specific crits on work, but I can say that - especially when you have not been here for a year- that many people feel that its rather rude to pm a person to pester them for comments. This is just an idea I have so I don't for one minute think that its got all the parts ironed out - but are there any here who think that this idea could work - specifically I am looking for support from the experienced site members as I think many beginners would jump at the chance for this but without support from the upper levels (as it were) this won't get of the ground So any thoughts anyone? SO far people interested in being mentors are; christopher walrath tirediron Alpha That One Guy amandakifer any more willing to partake in this - the more the we get the better this will be.