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How does one judge an Art/Photography Exhibition?

I have been awarded the honour of judging this year's NE Victoria regional combined art and photography exhibition in September and I would be grateful for advice from forum members who have had experience in judging.

How does one go about selecting winners from the various categories and upon what criteria can selections be made? The task is all the more onerous because personally I don't believe that there is any fair criteria for doing so. Change the judge and you change the results which implies that assessments will always boil down to a judge's personal tastes.

Are there some guidelines on this topic?
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Re: How does one judge an Art/Photography Exhibition?

I regularly judge competitions, exhibitions and provide comments on portfolios.

It's always a subjective assessment, but there are some key pointers to use in making your assessment.

People often say: how do you compare a beautiful landscape with a beautiful person. You don't, each is viewed in isolation and assessed on its own merit.

Here are some guides from various sources that may help.

The only indication I get that I'm doing a good job is the amount of repeat visits I get to the various clubs.

http://www.purbecku3a.org.uk/PHOTOGR...20Criteria.doc

http://www.pagbnews.co.uk/sites/defa...ingSpecial.pdf

http://www.iconicphoto.com/pdf/how-j...mpetitions.pdf
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Re: How does one judge an Art/Photography Exhibition?

From my very limited experience of listening to a judges remarks at a photo society, just talk bollocks in a superior voice.
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Re: How does one judge an Art/Photography Exhibition?

Never judged a competition but if I had to start from scratch I would list all the points (especially the small and trivial) that I liked about a photo. The more things I could list the better the photo should be compared to another with a smaller list. At least this way you are taking each photo as objectively as you can on its merit and not actually comparing it side by side with another.
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Re: How does one judge an Art/Photography Exhibition?

Also - just be honest upfront and say that while there are some objective factors, in the end it comes down to how the picture makes you feel, which will inevitably be subjective.

Being dishonest and/or patronising is a sure way to piss people off. As long as you are straight, do your best, and try to explain what you are doing and why, you should be OK even with people who don't share your opinion.

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Re: How does one judge an Art/Photography Exhibition?

I too have done a lot of judging and you will please only one person.......the winner. There is always some subjectivity in judging but it is useful to start off with (any) positives, and follow this with (any) negatives. And comment about presentation, if appropriate, but don't let that influence the final result too much.
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Re: How does one judge an Art/Photography Exhibition?

Graham - I am most grateful for your personal tips and also for posting the following link that I think says it all.
http://www.purbecku3a.org.uk/PHOTOGR...20Criteria.doc I have saved it as reference for compiling my notes.

As there are a number of categories to be judged and announced my comments on each will need to be pertinent and concise.

Steve - Thank you - that I think should be the overriding approach to framing my remarks, I will bear it in mind!

OM, John & Dave - Thanks for your thoughts all of which I agree with.
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Re: How does one judge an Art/Photography Exhibition?

Wow, those resources from Graham are great: copied for personal use!

I am not a judge, although I subject a lot of my own images to them in my local club. I've got enormous respect for the best judges, but unfortunately it is evidently an extremely difficult skill to carry off well and I think few would argue that all make the grade.

I might have missed it, but although Graham's resources very usefully list loads of good and bad points to look out for, I don;t think they emphasize how some judges waste loads of time just describing each image to the audience.

This becomes a tediously repeated statement of the bleedin' obvious, and as a frequent audience member I much prefer judges to go straight to what was done well in the image, what wasn't, and (perhaps) what the image 'meant' to them artistically (or whatever).

I'd be pushed well out of my comfort zone by the responsibility of formally judging other people's images! However, one practical technique we use in our club is to go round the room taking it in turns to critique others' shots - this really is a fantastic way in my opinion for learning to see good and bad points in your own...
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Re: How does one judge an Art/Photography Exhibition?

This art show combines Art and Photography and while I've never had to think about it before, I think the criteria for judging are pretty much the same. The show is quite a way off in September so I've plenty of time to prepare. The downside to being the judge is that one's own entries must be precluded from judging - if it were not so it would be my big chance to take out first prize, but I don't like the taste of rotten tomatoes!
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Re: How does one judge an Art/Photography Exhibition?

I hope you make it back from the interior in time for the show!
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Re: How does one judge an Art/Photography Exhibition?

Quite so, I could come back troppo ...
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