The Challenge To Get High Photo Scores Is Just What Is Needed To Improve Your Skill Set
For many years, most of what I shot was landscapes. For the last seven years or so, I decided to broaden my horizons. While I still place my feelings about a photo above anything else, it is nice sometimes, to get acceptance from another source. The camera club I was in, on Long Island, NY, had competitions every months. Each club would hire someone from another club, for a nominal fee, to judge submitted photos.
There were, of course, themes, but generally there were three categories, B&W (included 2 color), Color and Creative. Digital and print submissions were both accepted.
I did not, of course, always score well. Our system was 1-9, with no one ever getting below a 6 (something for trying I guess).
Here are some of my 8 and 9 scores and what the judges saw.
I actually submitted this one, where I added the water effects in post processing. The shot was, like some of all our best shots, one of patience. I rested my camera on a fence (while still around my neck), set the auto focus to nine points, with tracking, and waiting. As soon as the Spoonbill started moving I took some bursts. What the judges liked was the action and the color combinations.
With judging, you always need to be chill as the score is in the eyes of one (for local contests) to a few (for larger contests) human beings, who may not see the world as you do.
One judge at our club, flat out stated that he scored Creative Photo Submissions on the amount of time/work put into them, rather than the result.
In one two submissions, also in the creative category, the judges failed to see what changes I had made, because they were subtle.