The album cover competition certainly got a lot of photographers thinking and many of the assembled members said that it was one of the strongest entries they had seen.
Our judge for the evening was Steven Mayer-Rassow a professional book and album cover designer and illustrator. Steven was tasked with choosing the best pictures that would work as an album cover, choosing just the first, second and third places. Club members were given the chance to play the judge and marked entries out of 20 on a score sheet, which certainly kept everyone focussed on the fantastic pictures, all 58 of them. Titles were not requested so some images are simply ‘Album Cover 1’ others authors created fantastic and imaginative titles.
First place went to Julia Cleaver for her “Album Cover 3” entry
Second place went to Julia Cleaver for her “Album Cover 1” entry
Third place went to Linda Cheshire for her “Jazz Tracks by Twisted Cover1” entry
The members vote…
Whoever had the bright idea to allow the members to score the images also got the chance to input all the scores on a really big spreadsheet. Since some members had chosen not to score their own pictures, and others just scored everything it was decided that the lowest score and the highest score would be dropped and the average taken of all the other scores for that picture. Furthermore since this is Excel we can look in to the statistics to see what was the score most commonly given to each picture.
The members were mostly inline with our judge – surprisingly.
First place again went to Julia Cleaver for Album cover 3, but second place went to John Timbrell for his Cool Bass Blues (shown below) and Julia Cleaver’s Album Cover 1 took the third spot.
Congratulations and well done to everyone for their efforts in this competition. We may look to have some more “audience judging” in the future. Maybe even have the audience judge alongside a regular CACC judge (crazy as that might be!)