Judging photographs is not easy

At the start of this year I decided to take photography a little more serious than I had up till then. So, I decided to join a photography club. I joined the National Photographic Club of South Africa here in Pretoria.

As a newbie in photography I had to start as a 1 Star photographer. There are 5 star levels for photographers. Once you become a 5 Star photographer, you need to move up the 5 Star ranks of 5 Star Master Bronze to 5 Star Master Platinum. And, of course, this doesn’t happen overnight. To move from 1 star to 2 star a total number of 30 judging points have to be accumulated and at least 7 gold or certificate of merit (COM) awards, where COM = 5, gold = 3, silver = 2 and bronze = 1. This is explained in the table below:

 

photographer_star_grading

 

Up until the present, I have submitted photographs at 3 monthly meetings of the club, where accomplished 5 Star photographers from outside the club and occasionally from inside the club are used to officiate at the judging of submitted photographs. I have altogether submitted 9 photographs of which 6 were judged as gold. I need one more gold and 6 points to move up to 2 Star level.

Here are the pics I submitted by month:

March

goldstar   You make me blush!

 

goldstar   Eat my baby!

 

goldstar   FlutterBy

 

April

goldstar   Water Sheet

 

goldstar   Ground Cover

 

May

silverstar   Dead tree of life

 

silverstar Watered dead tree

 

silverstar Fish on a stick

 

goldstar   Grounded plane at Swartkops air show

 

The problem with all this judging is that when I start thinking about submitting pictures for the next meeting, after hearing all the comments about all the different photographs that were submitted before, I become more critical about my work myself, and then I find it difficult to decide which pictures I want to submit! Hopefully that will make me a better photographer!

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  1. Pingback: June: club photographic judging | William Dicks' Pics

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