Evaluation System

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Projection Images

Members can submit two projection images (slides or digital) in their Star level at each projection meeting.
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Prints

Members can submit two prints in their Star level in each of the two print categories, Monochrome (Black and White) and Colour, for a total of four prints per member.

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Evaluation System

This is not a club competition and there is no competition between members. Each judge’s score is a reflection of his/her own opinion of the of the image.
There are three judges at projection evaluation meetings, and one judge at print evaluation meetings.  Each judge enters a score, from 1 to 5 for each submission, via an electronic scoring system. A score of 1 is almost never used and a 5 is rare but welcome! A scorekeeper records the judges’ awards for each item:

1 point:          No award – a poor projection or print
2 points:        Bronze – a fair projection or print
3 points:        Silver – a good projection or print
4 points:        Gold – an excellent projection or print
5 points:        Certificate of Merit – an outstanding projection or print

There are 5 Levels of accomplishment through which our members advance. A new member begins as a 1 Star worker. Advancement through the levels requires members to accumulate a predetermined number of points and awards. The count starts at zero in each new Star level. The criteria are summarized as follows.

1 to 2 Star: 20 points including 3 Gold or Certificate of Merit awards
2 to 3 Star: 40 points including 6 Gold or Certificate of Merit awards
3 to 4 Star: 60 points including 12 Gold or Certificate of Merit awards
4 to 5 Star: 200 points including 20 Gold or Certificate of Merit awards

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5 Star Honour Roll

For members who have achieved level 5, there is an added incentive award: The 5 Star Honour Roll. A member must receive one Certificate of Merit or 8 gold evaluations within any 12 month period to obtain 5 Star Honour Roll status. To remain on the Honour Roll, members must re-qualify each 12 month period.”

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Judging Guidelines

Please refer to our Star Level Criteria.

Judges should evaluate photographs following these guidelines when scoring projections or prints:

1 Star: Correct exposure, subject in focus, and basic composition.
2 Star: Above requirements, plus appropriate depth of field, no distracting elements, competent use of composition, and suitable light.
3 Star: Above requirements, plus critical depth of field, creative use of light.
4 Star: Above requirements, plus creative photographic technique, attention to detail.
5 Star: Above requirements, plus high artistic merit.

In all cases, the judge can comment on the technical and compositional merits of the projection or print. The evaluation process is an educational experience for our members. They want specific information about their images. Scores are a less important consideration than comments. Judges should indicate what was successful and what was not successful and tell us what might have worked to improve the image. Making suggestions about filters, lenses, shutter speeds, depth of field, etc. can be particularly useful.

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Star Level Considerations

It is important that our 1 Star and to a lesser degree, our 2 Star members not be discouraged by receiving low scores for their images. We ask judges to consider that these members may not have the experience to be judged on the same level as those who have attained a higher Star status. They may be entirely new to the photo club scene. The 4 and 5 Star members have demonstrated considerable photographic skills, so their work is judged accordingly.

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