Judging - Sedona Camera Club

Competition Judging

The club makes every effort to ensure that judging is done in a manner that helps competitors expand and improve their photographic skills. Judging photographs, however, is an inexact process and members must be aware that different images influence viewers and/or judges in different ways, depending on individual experiences and preferences.


Process

    • Digital and Print Chairs will send judges spreadsheets containing the list of images for judging along with the expected completion date.
    • Judges record their member_id in the reviewer_id column
    • Columns in the spreadsheets may be resized, but the spreadsheets must not be resorted
    • Excel is the preferred spreadsheet program, but others may work with reduced functionality
    • Further detail on the spreadsheets can be found in the Judge's Worksheet Process Document
    • Judges in the Print division will meet to review and judge the print images. Images are available on-line for reference when scoring.
    • Judges in the Digital division rely solely on the images viewed on-line
    • Images are reviewed on-line using the following links:
    • Judges score each image according the the criteria and sub-criterion defined in the 'Judging Rubric'.
    • Scores for each sub-criterion are assigned numeric values 1-5 (whole numbers only) according to the Scoring Scale.   Do not use fractional scores such as 3.5, 4.5.
    • Comments must be recorded for each image.
    • Worsheets should be saved in an excel format (.xlsx). This is especially important if you are using a MAC.
    • Completed worksheets will be returned to the corresponding Print and Digital Chairs by the specified date

Judging Resources

 

 

Judging Rubric

      Criteria Sub-criteria Description
      Interest Impact
      • Does the image have impact, which is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time?
      • Does the image evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion?
      • Does the image draw your eye into the picture and cause an immediate reaction?
      Creativity or Style
      • Is there anything particularly creative, novel, different or exciting about the way the subject or message is expressed or interpreted?
      • Does the image represent a specific genre? If so, is it a good representation of that genre?
      • Does the image employ the style of a specific artist? If so, is the style appropriate for the subject and is it a good representation of that style?
      Composition Elements of Composition
      • Is there anything particularly creative, novel, different or exciting about the way the subject or message is expressed or interpreted?
      • Does the image represent a specific genre? If so, is it a good representation of that genre?
      • Does the image employ the style of a specific artist? If so, is the style appropriate for the subject and is it a good representation of that style?
      Subject or Story
      • Is the image subject clear, or if the image is abstract is the message or intent apparent and cohesive?
      • Does the image tell a story clearly and simply Or does it otherwise evoke imagination or wonder?
      • Does the image communicate to the viewer what the maker saw or felt at the time the photograph was taken?
      • Does the image have a well-chosen title that helps the viewer understand the image?
      Technique Focus, Exposure, & Lighting
      • Do the in-camera techniques (e.g. depth of field or shutter speed) used to create the image enhance the image?
      • Is the image well focused? If selective focus is used, is it effective?
      • Is the exposure correct, not under or over-exposed, and without any blocked shadows or blown-out highlights?
      • Does the use and control of light, either man-made or natural, enhance the photograph?
      Contrast, Color, & Production Quality
      • Do the post-processing and production techniques used to create the image enhance the image?
      • Is the global and local contrast appropriate for the image? Is the sharpening done effectively?
      • Is the color saturation appropriate for the subject?
      • Are the colors balanced supplying harmony to the image?
      • Does the digital image or print exhibit quality work?
      • Does the presentation give the image a finished look? Any borders used, either physical or digital, should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.

 

Scoring Scale

      Score Description
      1 Image does not reflect the sub-criterion
      2 Image minimally reflects the sub-criterion
      3 Image basically reflects the sub-criterion
      4 Image effectively reflects the sub-criterion
      5 Image is an exceptional example of the sub-criterion

 

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