You got it JP other than I go back 30 days to look at the photos.... there just isn't a quick link in the gallery that says "30 days" when looking for the newest photos.... just gotta modify the url manually to change it from 25 days to 30. Not sure why the forum was setup as 25 days for the default value....
And there is no prize for photo of the month other than having your photo shown on the main page for all to see and be recognized, and in that case JP and JamStar have both already "won" for the month of December.
And to add to JP's thoughts, I don't think photo of the month should be based on who has the best photography equipment. Subject matter and composition play a big role.
This is mainly an idea not only to see what kind of interest there is on this kind of thing for photo submissions, but also comments from the membership on the photos themselves.