I was so busy preparing my 15 photos for my ARPS honours application (due for submission next month) that I almost forget to post the outcome of the Bloemfontein Camera Club meeting of August 2013. So let us get to my three images right away. Here is the outcome of my photo – all 3 photos were submitted in the Nature category this time around:
A. Nature category:
Black wildebeest – received a score of 10 out of a possible 15 point – silver award. Unfortunately the judges did not provide comments on the photos of the 4 & 5 star members because I would love to hear what they did not like about this image. However, the standard of photography in the 4 & 5 star category is unbelievable high – so a static portrait-like wildlife photos without a WOW factor will not do well at the club meetings currently. Which I do not agree with but so be it.
African mourning dove – received a score of 11 out of a possible 15 point – gold award. I think what did it for this image is the quality of light – taken from Lou’s photography boat on the Chobe River during my very first trip with him – October 2011. And it was my first official photography safari, so you can imagine how nervous I was.
Grey headed gull with fish 2 – received a score of 14 out of a possible 15 point – COM award. Now you can see that action and the story telling element are very important when it comes to wildlife photography. This image was also submitted into 4 salons (3 international and 1 national salon) and the outcomes varied from 1 Not acceptance, 1 Acceptance, 1 COM and 1 Medal (salon category winner). Just to show you the wide variation in opinions of judges. So, do get upset and discourage with the outcomes of salons/camera club judging.
Message to take home:
When joining, attending or watching the judges judge your images, just remember this piece of advice: “We can agree to disagree without having a heated debate about it.” Not all judges will have the same opinion on your images – so, on another day with other judges a member would have had different scores for his/her photos. To summarised, everybody has different opinions and we need to respect each other’s opinion.
Until next month’s camera club meeting and I am sure there will be some controversial scores, decisions and comments – keep on shooting!!!