To be judged or not!


I hope you get a chance to reply to this blog as Im interested to know how any of you feel about photo club judges , what are your experiences good or bad…

I ask this as I am a program secretary for my local photo club and have read recently of how photo judges have been pretty poor not only in their technical comment of an image but their technical knowldege of photo taking or editing. How for instance can a judge say that a print has got alot of grain in the print when the photographer used velvia 50 film and darkroom processed the print himself?

I haven’t to date had any problems with judges some are harsh others a little lenient, but I’m concerned for the future. As we have a shortfall of judges are we coming to a point that those chosen as judges simply haven’t got the experience or knowledge to do decent job.


2 thoughts on “To be judged or not!

  1. Judges – as on Strictly Come Dancing or other shows – good news is treated with applause and bad news is treated with jeers and angry faces.

    Those connected with camera clubs have the hardest job in the land. Every negative statement is 10 times worse than a positive one.
    I take on board the comment of a recent judge which was – “I will make some friends tonight and I shall make some enemies too.”

    In my mind – judges should never “go for the jugular”. In other words, starting with the bad points.
    In any hobby – encouragement is the golden rule in my mind.

    Everyone in the world will see a better photographer than themselves and it takes guts to even submit a photo for the sole result of getting it criticised. This should be in the mind of the judge before they speak about a photo he or she is judging. We all want to be praised in some way for our ability – whatever level that may be.

    So, in conclusion – a judge should REALISE a certain level of photography within a shot. This realisation should come with their enormous history of judging previous photos. And with that in mind – they should choose their words more carefully.. Encourage first and then advise improvements for technical errors or omissions.

    A judge is judging AMATEURS not PROFESSIONALS. Some photographers are new to digital, some are new to the hobby. Each photo is physically linked to the photographer and photographers have feelings too. A judge can encourage a persons happy hobby and a judge can DISCOURAGE a persons hobby. Discouragement can lose a valuable member of a club, to the point where that person no longerr believes in their ability and ENCOURAGEMENT can improve a photographers knowledge and confidence.

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