Flickr Explore is where Flickr chooses 500 photos per day to show the variety of photos posted daily to the site. As I understand it there is actually a lot more than 500 and maybe as many as 2000. They are chosen by using an algorithm, (sort of computer program with different criteria, such as how many views a photo has had, how many comments, etc..), which is unknown to those outside, and is known by the term “Interestingness”. This is nothing to do with a photograph being pleasing to the eye, good composition, good lighting or any other photographic skill or merit, just a sort of cross section of the previous days photographs and sometimes video uploads.
When first using Flickr this a goal that a lot of people have, including myself, and is an achievement that you can tick off. However it is soon realised that as it is a computer that is choosing so they are not necessarily the best of the day in human taste terms, but what the algorithm deems to be the most interesting. This can be very frustrating to some people who are uploading excellent well crafted work to Flickr, to find that their photographs are not chosen for Explore, but it is definitely a reflection of their work, as I can vouch for. You will see some excellent photography there, but also some dire things. You can see what I mean if you look at Flickr Explore.
That being said, there is one real benefit of Explore, and that is that more people get to see your work. So to this end it is a sort of free advertising. This enables people to look through the photographs and choose the type of subject they like or are interested in and follow that persons photostream. The higher the position your photograph is in Explore means more people see it. If it is on what used to be called “The Front Page” which is approximately 15 – 20 photos, you are more likely for people to see it. Most people will not scroll through to the end due to boredom, or more often being sidetracked when seeing a photo they like and following it through.
In the caption I have given the title of the shot, the date it was Explored, and the highest position it achieved. I have numbered them from the first Explore up to the current date. Up to 30th July 2016 I have had 107 Explores on Flickr.