Competitions are an integral part of camera club activity. Some have themes, some have particular requirements. The rules are here
You can see competitions as either a teaching tool or a duel-to-the-death between the slickest gunfighters in town. Choose one. Either way they are supposed to be enjoyable and the more members taking part, the merrier, so get in there.
Images are scored out of 20 points by a judge- often a strange , lonely figure, cast out by polite society, who persistently volunteers to be maligned behind his back by people to whom he gave low scores. He doesn’t do it for the money, of which there is very little or none. Like turtle migration, precisely why judges do it is a mystery- but camera clubs would be hard hit if they didn’t.
Anyway, we have to be kind to them, by giving them the sort of images they like. They respond with high scores and all is peace and harmony. Occasionally.
When Hunter Kennedy judged our annual competition last session, he made a memorable point. You were there when you took the photo. The judge wasn’t. You have to make him feel like he was. You remember the background to the image. You know what was going on. The judge won’t, unless you show him.
Tonight will be all about competitions, explaining the rules, giving advice, explaining about image sizes and formats for competitions generally and specifically looking at ideas for the upcoming inter-club event with North Berwick and the club’s first internal competition “First Exposure”, for which the hand in date is 2nd October – ie Only 2 weeks away!