An intensive Intro to Judging course for photographers – combining structured lecture sessions, a group project and directed outside-of-class-hours research. Additionally, there will be an optional online judging assignment after course completion for practice.
- What Judges look for
- Developing your visual literacy
- Competition/Exhibition systems
- Know your biases
- Evaluating against absolute standards
- Quality benchmarks
- Doing a skills audit
- Expressions of creativity
- Communication strategies for Judges
- Going for Gold – Talking it up
At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:
- Consider the artistic merits of an image and its effectiveness at visual communication
- Identify key elements of design within an image, and determine how successfully they have been employed
- Assess the technical merits of production within an image and suggest alternative techniques or approaches where appropriate
- Evaluate the innovative content of an image and suggest enhancements/ alternatives
- Deliver an image critique to an audience, based on the criteria provided, showing respect for the image and care for the author’s feelings.
There are no pre-requisites but it is recommended that you have a reasonable knowledge of photography and competitions in order to gain the most from the course and not be left behind.
For attendees who wish to become judges, participants should have:
- A sound technical knowledge of photography (see WAPF Photography101 for content)
- A working knowledge of fundamental photography design principles
- The ability to communicate verbally in a clear and concise manner.
- Be expected to undertake judging at their club and perhaps other clubs (mentoring is available), and to present a brief talk to their members about what they have learnt on the course.
In addition, it is desirable that potential judges should comply with at least three of the following:
- Have achieved Acceptances in a WAPF ratified competition within the past 3 years
- Have been a member of a camera / photography club for at least the past 3 years
- Have regularly entered both print and projected images in club exhibitions/competitions
- Have exhibited their images at a community or national level.