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The value of using a picture round

Any trivia night can be made better by the use of a few things. One of these is the picture round, which has been a common trivia feature for the last couple of decades. However, often it isn’t used to its full advantage. When used properly it can enhance a trivia night by a great deal. Here are some of the reasons why I feel a picture round is a boost to any trivia event.


Firstly, it makes it more interesting. It is easy to turn trivia-goers off with a list of written questions and nothing else. A picture round adds extra interest and creates a more versatile and engaging trivia night for both the trivia host and the participant. Some people may be better at identifying pictures rather than answering spoken or written questions, and so ensuring that every player feels they have something to offer is an excellent way to ensure repeat players at trivia nights and increased competition each time one is held. They do say variety is the spice of life, and this mantra is no different when it comes to holding successful trivia nights. Getting weaker players involved by making them feel they can contribute to their team’s success in some way can only be a good thing for making sure everyone feels that they are contributing.


Testing a range of strengths is important in any trivia contest also. Using a picture round enables the trivia host to do this. By using both written or spoken rounds alongside picture rounds, it will be clearer who the stronger players are and who has the widest body of knowledge. Breadth is more important than depth in trivia contests arguably, and testing people in different areas enables this breadth to be tested.

Picture Rounds – Testing a Range of Abilities

Another bonus of using a picture round, of course, is that you can test a range of abilities and subjects. A picture round needn’t simply be photos of famous people – politicians, celebrities, sportsmen and the like – but can include many things, from flags of the world, to film posters with titles obscured, to logos of major corporations and business or sports teams. Pictures of geographical features or items that have been in the news can also be used. A picture round gives an element of versatility that is not always easy to achieve with a standard written trivia test or spoken-word trivia night.


Tips for putting a good picture round together:

  • Use high-quality, preferably colour photos – at some trivia events the photos used can be blurry, pixelated, difficult to see, or simply ambiguous. I have been at one trivia event, for example, where there was a flags picture round. Great, I thought, until I saw that the flags were not reproduced in colour, which obviously creates difficulties in differentiating, especially when many countries have similar flags. Eliminating ambiguity and ensuring the photos only have one possible answer – as with any trivia – is essential. Players will appreciate it if a trivia host puts the effort in to make the night as good as it can possibly be.
  • Use a range of different topics. As mentioned, don’t just use photos of famous people in your picture rounds. Include flags, landmarks, logos, film posters, album covers. The possibilities are endless, and it really keeps players guessing as to what each picture round will be. The worst thing a trivia night can be is dull, and varying things will avoid this dullness setting in, and in a long-running quiz can give it that extra push.
  • Cover a range of difficulty levels. Don’t make all the photos difficult; likewise, don’t make them all ridiculously easy. Covering a range of difficulties – or even mixing topics up within a single round – enables everyone on a trivia team to feel that they can get involved, contribute correct answers, and have a good time in the process. Making sure that everyone is as happy as possible is surely an aim for anyone setting and holding a trivia contest.


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