I would like to make a humble suggestion. If you are selling a house, you advertise to 1,000 people of which 20 turn up on the day of inspection, of which 5 may place an offer. You would not worry about the 2% actual visitors that fructified from 1000 advertising pamphlets and say stats look poor.
We should rather be thinking about the sequence of steps a person would take to become a submitter of competition entries. 1) first visits the forum, 2) seeks to learn PS and starts serving requests 3) watches the contests page - to start with 4) starts liking posts, votes and comments, 5) participates with an entry. Concentration should be on getting 1000 people to visit forum, getting 100 to serve requests with intent to learn and improve, of which 10 may watch the contests page 5 may comment, vote and like of which 2 may submit entries - eventually.
I prepared an entry but felt it was not up to the mark and refrained from submission.
But since you mention it............
Please understand, I have few issues with the state of the forum, it's doing well. But I share the concerns of others who agree that there's no need to continue the challenges if there's no participation beyond that of the usual suspects. This forum is thriving in other areas of interest. And we should probably take measures of improving that aspect of the forum rather than trying to maintain challenges in which there seems to be little to no interest................for whatever the individual members reasons/excuses might be.