The latest photo competition revealed several interesting things about
how we as a club are doing in photo competition. The meeting was
Monday, March 28. 2005. The judge was Joanne Stolte, president of
S4C, who did a superb job of commentary. It was a long meeting (just
over two and a half hours) due to two factors: the large number of
images submitted in competition, and the marvelous, but lengthy,
commentary given by Joanne.
There are very few judges as knowledgeable as Joanne about photo competition and how to improve our photography generally. For example, we learned that the Photo Travel (PT) category is not meant to include any snapshot made while on a trip. The category is intended for images that reveal facts about foreign Peoples and cultures. We learned that PJ, PT, and Nature images may not be altered in any way (even though the rules on what is altering and what is not are still a bit vague). We saw a series of 3 or 4 images of motor cycle racing, and heard the reasons why one of them was far better than the others. We also heard protests from Joanne
when she saw images that had been shown in the same format at previous photo competitions (that is a no-no).
All in all, Joanne's comments was a clinic in the art of preparing for photo competitions, and for making wonderful photographs in general. She offered to shorten the comments in order to speed up the meeting, but I said no, our members (myself included) were learning so much from her comments that it seemed like a bad choice to curtail them just to shorten the meeting by 15 minutes. A lot of work had gone into the preparation of the images displayed --- it seemed only right to give each one full attention. So you can blame the long meeting on me!
As a result of the meeting it became clear that the club needs to do a better job of educating members about the rules of competition. We will do this by publishing competition rules on the website, www.sbccphoto.org.