What Judges are Looking For

Some links on what judges could be looking for in photo competitions, and what they’re board of too.

A somewhat irreverent piece written by David Schloss in Digital Photo magazine: https://www.dpmag.com/how-to/shooting/photo-contest-tips-from-the-judges/#

An excellent check-list of things to avoid in competition entries by Roger Wates from the Tonbridge Camera Club: http://www.pagbnews.co.uk/sites/default/files/newsletters/en105271213_JudgingSpecial.pdf

Understanding Colour Calibration

The club owns colour calibrator that members can borrow to calibrate their monitors for a nominal charge.  Speak to Cat if you would like to use it.

Why Calibrate?

It’s important to calibrate your monitor so that the colours you see on screen are the same as you will see when your PDI is projected at the club.

There will always be a difference between the image on a laptop screen or monitor and on a projector. This is because the laptop screen/monitor is back-lit whereas the projector screen is reflecting light. So be aware that some images look better on a monitor than they do projected, and vice versa. The aim of calibration is to make the colours as close as possible between the two formats.

We advise judges not to view the images on the club’s laptop during a projected competition as the colour, brightness and contrast in the image are calibrated to the projector rather than the laptop.

Hints and Tips

Warm-Up Time: Always let your monitor warm up for at least 30min before using the calibrator.

Ambient Light: The light levels in the room will alter the light that is being reflected in your monitor, along with any strong colours in the room so be careful if you are trying to calibrate in a room with bright red walls! The Spyder has advice on ambient light in it’s help section.

Notification: It’s probably best to select “never” when the Spyder asks if it should notify you when you should re-calibrate your monitor, otherwise you’ll get annoying messages on screen to remind you when to re-caibrate everytime you start up your computer. It’s a good feature when you own the Spyder yourself, but not when you’ve borrowed it from the club!

Useful Links

Booksmart Studio has a guide to colour management:

Northlight Images has a number of articles on colour management:

If you use Blurb to self-publish you’ll want to take a look at their guide to colour management:

SD Services offer calibration and colour management services:

Photo Friday have a useful monitor calibration tool on their website:

Club night summary – 13th December

Damon Guy gave an Interesting talk on ‘ how to use the rules of Photography and how to break them successfully’ The presentation included many Images to demonstrate the points made.

Damon who is Involved with competition judges training, also gave our members insight into the where the CACC are trying to open judges minds by encouraging the visiting judges to view and appreciate the art content and concepts of Presented Images and not purely by scoring to established rules. An interesting topic.


Club night summary – 6th December

Workshop evening professionally led by Ant Highet demonstrating Portraiture Lighting and practical use, with members both taking shots and ‘posing’ for each other.

An enjoyable night on an Interesting subject. Watch out fora few (dodgy models) member pictures entering competitions in the future! (webmaster edit – your BIO picture is from this session Steve!)


Club night summary – 29th November

Our third evening of PDI competitions ‘ Square format’ and ‘open’ we’re the subjects.

Once again a tremendous response with 96 entries initially submitted. This unfortunately needed to be reduced to fit the evening and allow the judge quality of time to critique. 69 entries over the 2 competitions were decided on, giving all authors the first 2 submissions in each category.

A good night judged by Steven Galvin, giving a nice spread of results over the 2 Competitions.


Club night summary – 8th November

Last night we had a talk/ presentation from Stan Hill on the arid parks of South Africa. Stan gave an Interesting talk and showed us many photographs he had taken, recording his travels around South Africa. in addition to the still Images, he also showed a number of Av’s set to music to enhance the atmosphere of the very rough and dry terrain that he had travelled through. He informed us one of his av’s had been featured on a BBC travel programme.


Club night summary – 1st November

First round of the Inter club Rosebowl competition hosted by us. A closely fought evening with just 2 points separating us from the winner on the night;

  • Oxford 255
  • Buckingham 254
  • Croxley 253
  • Croxley 253
  • Ealing 245

Two 19s for Croxley for the excellent images;

  • Cat Humphries ‘Fragile’
  • Jim Forder ‘Swirl’

Looking forward to the second round!