Winner on the night print competition, Tuesday 9th May
Well last night turned out to be a bit of a surprise as I hadn’t noticed there wasn’t a judge’s name against the list on last night’s competition.
It turned out that we the members would be the judges for the evening and each of us was given a sheet with the entire print titles and print numbers on it for marking them.
The rules were
we could not mark our own prints lol.
Marking was to be out of 20.
As opinions were asked, for me the evening was really a double edged sword,
The positives for me
It was good to have some experience of judging pictures and before any judging we were all given some advice by our own club judges as to what to look for in a picture.
Also I didn’t have to write down any official judge’s comments lol
Some of the hints given by our own judges were
look for technique, presentation, was it good enough and is it in ‘vogue’.
Overall technique, overall impact, originality, powerful composition and artistic merit.
Self questions like does it have a WOW factor, what is it? why was it done (was it a story)?, would I buy it?
The negatives for me
Well my immediately thoughts were had I previously known the evening’s arrangements of judging I would have changed my water drop print as I had been specialising in that theme all season and it was never going to be a wow factor for other members that had already seen about three of them lol.
Another downside for me was that there was no criticism given of any prints so missing of that learning curve from a judge’s opinion which is something I look forward to and learn from. I also thought IMO it was fairly crowded for a long while around the print area with thirty or forty people trying to judge the pictures and perhaps would have helped if more spread out.
This picture taken afterwards would be more the space i would like to judge a picture
Judging was pretty hard to start with but with my theory that judges have already picked their favourite three or four on the first run through of images I honed in on my favourite and gave it 20
The next were those that I would have held back and they got 19’s and 18’s. All sheets were handed in for the scores to be computerised. The maximum a print could get was going to be a 19 unless everyone had given it a 20 and therefore decimal points were in play.
These high scoring images were taken by me from the projector due to light reflections on the prints
Along the water
The Hollywood look
Three Spiral Staircases
The book Keeper
So this left the first three to be sorted in order and there were tense moments where the scores were checked and double checked which reminded me of a close call on election night.
Dave as the returning officer for ‘Image Camera Club West’ stood up to read out the result lol
First place was Pebble Lane by Mike Ashcroft with a score of 19 point something (decimal points not given)
Second was The book keeper by Steve Beckett with a score of 19 point something (but a lesser decimal point than above)
and 3rd Place was The three Spiral Staircases by Nick Bennett with a score of 18 point something
All the others above had scored 18 something so all were very close
I had voted for the winning picture and had agreed with the other high ordered ones so I guess I have learnt something over the season.
So that was it for competitions now all finished for the season and me failing to get my first 19 but there is always next season. lol
Next week is