Competition Results: May 2013

For the May competition we introduced a few innovations.  Firstly, we changed the rule restricting the number entries a member could make from a maximum of two prints and a maximum of two projected images to a maximum of four images in any combination of the media.  Secondly we allowed that a maximum of one entry could be an ‘open’ entry.  So, you will see in this months results, there are two sections:  the set subject section, and the ‘open’ section.

To give members a good chance to think about, and to try out our experimental judging scheme, the committee decided that this competition would be judged internally by members.

Member judging has traditionally been done by show of hands.  We trialled a new approach in this competition.

The projected images were put up on line and members considered and marked them ahead of time.  This seems to have worked very well.  Thanks to Nik and Kevin for getting the images and the score sheets up on the website almost as soon as entries closed.  The total marks were collated at the meeting (thanks Martin!) and read out as each image was shown.  The numbers in the results tables are the averages of members’ marks for each of the criteria, rounded to whole numbers.  The marking was so close it took decimal points to find a winner in the open projected!

Jim Graydon, one of our senior (not ‘old’!) members, looked at the prints ahead of the meeting and presented his scores, which were to stand unless there was significant and majority disagreement.  There wasn’t!

Thanks to Jim for his time, expertise and valuable comments.

‘Humour’ turned out to be another hard subject.  A good stand-up comedian is much better than most of us at using timing and clever juxtaposition to make us laugh at the unexpected or absurd.  It is so much harder in still photography to make good visual joke.  For the people who chose to catch the funny moment, the challenge was balancing spontaneity against exposure and focus.

Some very good photographs were entered into the competition and the discussion at the meeting was both enjoyable and informative.

Projected Image Entry Impact Composition Subject Technique Presentation TOTAL
0 to 4 0 to 3 0 to 2 0 to 2 (up to 11)
Kay Halligan Carterton Saddleback 2 2 1 2 7
Kay Halligan No More Headaches 3 2 1 1 7
Bruce Levy Goota Kiss 3 2 2 1 8
Bruce Levy Wire Rope Trick Fail 2 2 1 1 6
Tim McMahon Teddy Boys 2 2 1 1 6
Carolyn Smith Bay Watch Babe 2 2 2 1 7
Carolyn Smith Bugger, I’ve Lost The Plot 1 2 1 1 5
Carolyn Smith I Should’ve Bought The Navman 2 2 1 2 7
Carolyn Smith Wake Me Up When There’s Some Action 2 2 1 1 6
Mike Longworth Concentration 2 2 1 3 8
Jazell Wilkie Biggles Fogging up His Goggles 2 2 1 1 6
Dave Ferguson Masterton Infrared 3 2 2 2 9
Meegan Cottle Big Is Good 2 2 2 2 8
Meegan Cottle Big Is Very Good 3 2 1 1 7
Meegan Cottle Greedy’s Not The Word For It. 2 2 1 1 6
Meegan Cottle There’s A Hole In My Bucket 3 2 1 2 8

To see the most favoured images, look here.

The next competition that is to be judged by members is the annual Wairarapa Theme competition in August.  We may try the same process!

Congratulations Kay Halligan who won the spot prize!  You have to be in to win!

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