So, you would like to judge a
photo competition (click this link for a
definition), perhaps for a local camera club!?
immediate reaction is: "Great!!, we need more people like you!"
|This brings to mind an amusing incident at my local camera club's monthly photo competition some 13 years ago. Color slides were being evaluated by our invited judge for the evening, and a slide appeared showing skeletal remains at the ruins of Pompeii. Someone piped up with, "That's what we did to our last judge!", and there were howls of audience laughter for the next half minute. It sure broke the tension of the evening, but I can't remember if the judge's scores went up or down in response!
|I have been both judge and participant at amateur photo competitions over the last 15 years. At my camera club (Delaware County Camera Club), the perennial topic of conversation following our monthly competition has almost always been how great or how lousy a job the judge did. From this compendium of gripes, complaints, praises, likes and dislikes, I've formed my version of the "ideal" judge.
If you pursue photography as a hobby or profession and know what
makes a good photo, then theoretically you are "qualified"
to be a judge.
The Eleven-Fold Path to the
Zen of Good Photojudging
Camera club competitions
share at least some of the
following characteristics: They are usually held in the evenings,
and the invited judge (or panel of judges) often has not seen the
images to be judged before arriving. He/she/they will sit up front
commenting on and scoring slides and prints before an audience of
club members which includes those participating in the competition.
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