At some camera clubs, judges select 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners in addition to critiquing and scoring. Because we view our meetings as learning experiences, not competitions our judges provide evaluation and scoring only.
Participants are divided among three groups based on their level of experience, both in camera club membership as well as photographic know-how:
There are two categories:
Each month, members may enter 3 images, distributed in any combination of Assigned Subject and General. An entry may be color or black and white.
While scores remain meaningful and can be fun, the judge’s comments and suggestions are more important than the number. The judge is asked to be as specific as possible, considering all aspects of the photograph: impact, composition, and technical characteristics such as exposure, sharpness, distracting elements, clarity of colors or range of whites and blacks, etc.
Our Scoring Guide
We use a four–point scoring system that spans a high of 9 to a low of 6:
For teaching purposes, we ask the evaluator to comment on aspects that make the 9 images especially strong.
For the 6, 7, and 8 photos, we ask the evaluator to suggest ways to improve these pictures.
In the last year or so, software has become available that will create a photo just by writing a suggestion. For example, giving the suggestion “show the New York Skyline at sunset,” produced a photo that was recognizable but the quality was poor. It would not be a competition photo but in the next year or two (perhaps sooner) it could be.
The Camera Club guidelines allow for and encourage the use of the “digital darkroom” which is the software such as Photoshop, Lightroom, etc. used for editing. The software today allows us to replace the sky, change the background and make many other changes to enhance the original RAW or JPEG that came out of the camera.
Accordingly, the following Rules go into effect immediately:
We rely on an honor system and expect that our club members will follow the above rules.
Scores and ranks are recorded monthly for Levels 1, 2, and 3. The club calendar runs from September through the end of August. In September, the member (or members) whose accumulated score is (are) the highest in Levels 1 and 2 is (are) invited to move to the next higher Level. The end-of-year cumulative score for Level promotion purposes will factor in the number of images submitted.
Moving up is not required, but people are encouraged to move in fairness to those in each lower level as well as in recognition of their increasing skills.
Regardless of their scores, anyone in Level 1 and Level 2 may request and be granted promotion to the next level. This choice should be considered carefully since the evaluation is stricter in each progressive level and, once promoted, a member may not return to his former level.
So that your Evaluation Meeting images can be sorted correctly for judging, they must be labeled with only 5 digits, with an underscore after the first 3 digits
Label your Evaluation Meeting images with:
You can label your Workshop images any way you like with a suffix of your level attached. For example:
Each month, all entries for Workshops and Evaluation Meetings must be submitted via Dropbox. You DO NOT need a Dropbox subscription to use Dropbox.
Before each meeting, you’ll receive an email that includes the Dropbox link. (For Evaluation Meetings there is a different link for each member level.)
Images must be submitted no later than midnight of the Monday BEFORE the Workshop or Evaluation Meeting.
NOTE: Because we are currently conducting our meetings on Zoom and not in person, WE CANNOT ACCEPT PRINTS FOR EVALUATION
As explained in the instructions About Our Competitions, paid club members in good standing can submit either three prints or three projected images in each competition. While most competition meetings will cover both prints and projected, this is not guaranteed. Ample notice will be given to all members. When we offer both, the two mediums can be used interchangeably across the club year, with all three projected entries substituted for three prints in months when a member cannot be present at a club meeting. (Members who do the latter, especially snow birds, can ask another member to record evaluators’ comments.)
All entries must have a label affixed to the back of the print in the upper left corner, providing your name and membership number. The club will supply these labels at each meeting. Labels can be re-used on mats that are re-used by simply crossing out the old score.
All entries must be submitted before the start of the evaluation.
If special circumstances arise (illness or other unavoidable circumstances) which prevent the member from attending the meeting, the person can send entries with another member or choose to do a make-up the following month.
A maximum of three make-ups are allowed in a club year, but no make-ups can be allowed for the assigned subject of the missed month. The make-ups are intended for those meetings that a member cannot attend due to illness or other commitments. Because scores are accumulated only for the club year (September-June), they are wiped clean and start anew in September, so there are no make-ups in September.
Make-ups are limited to one month at a time, that is, all three missed entries to be submitted together with regular entries the first month that the member attends a meeting. Put another way, a given member can enter a maximum of six prints (and/or projected) in any given month. Thus, if the member missed two months and needs two make-ups, these must be entered on the two separate Evaluation Nights that the member attends.
As stated earlier, if print entrants know in advance that they are unable to attend a meeting and choose not to ask other members to bring their work, the three images may be e-mailed by the previous Sunday as projected entries.
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