I’ll be the Judge of That
The set aim of Bangor and North Down Camera Club is “Promoting and developing all aspects of photography through example, discussion and competition.”
The golden thread of competition is stitched into the fabric of our yearly programme, with one being held on almost a monthly basis. Club members are encouraged to assess and compare their knowledge, skills and experience, through the mediums of print and the projected digital images, in club competitions. The essence of competition means that there will be winners, who will always applaud the judge for their outstanding verdict. But what about the folk who didn’t win, what do they get from competition?
The evening was hosted by Ray Magill, a long-standing member of the club and Vice President of NIPA (Northern Ireland Photographic Association.) He recruited nine volunteers, split into three teams, to perform the role of trainee judges. The brave volunteers, and a few conscripts, were Alan McMorris, Alan Hartley, Julie Campbell, Bobby Peacock, Drew McAvoy, Harry Watson, Christine Pearson, Helen Fettus, and Deborah Carvill. They, and the audience, listened carefully to his presentation about the different aspects of competition; the contestant’s expectations, and the judges responsibilities.
Ray was at pains to point out that his approach was a personal one and was, as he described it, a work in progress. However, his years of experience as a NIPA judge was clearly evident. Ray mentioned that he was impressed with Eddie Sethna’s approach to judging photography and recommended members to check out his web site. http://www.monolandscapes.talktalk.net/judging.htm Continue reading