PPC Image Judging Academy is coming to location near you. We are in the process of selecting the cities and venues so that we provide an exciting environment for the Academy. The cities, venues and dates already chosen are:
The cost for the workshop is $49.00 per person for PPC members. $99.00 for non-members. Sign-up Now.
Watch the PPC website and blog for updates on new dates and a locations near you.
Photographic print judging is a very enlightening and challenging process. It takes courage and confidence to begin the process. Most photographers want to learn about judging to improve their own photographs and learn to be objective when it comes to commenting upon and judging other images.
Judging is conducted at several levels. All competitions begin at the local chapter or guild level. Within California, we utilize 3 levels of competition. After the local event, we have the PPC state competition. On alternating years, PPC hosts the PPA District/Regional competition. Finally, the International competition is hosted each year by PPA in Atlanta, GA.
PPC is preparing a list of qualified jurors. The list will be given to each of the PPC affiliates so they have a list of judges for their scheduled judgings. To be included on this list it will be necessary to complete a judging workshop and pass an evaluation at the completion of the workshop. All members of PPC are invited to attend the workshop. Workshops will be conducted at various locations across the state.
Holders of the PPC Fellowship and/or PPA Masters degree are encouraged to attend. We want members who are passionate about image competition and who want to improve their photography and learn the judging process.
Over the last 2 years, there have been more changes in our judging process than in the last 3 decades. With the addition of digital files, the process of evaluating images has risen to a higher level. Learning to evaluate what is now called Electronic Imaging causes more concern and confusion.
The workshop will be an extensive, all-day event. We will cover all aspects of the judging process, including terminology, scoring, ideology, digital vs. print, presentation and conduct. This workshop will cover the content of judging and will break down the judging process so that you will be able to understand the “12 Elements” of print competition, scoring, challenges and, most importantly, the rules that govern the entire print competition event. The 12 Elements are the foundation of judging within our system. They are used at all 4 levels and help the judges determine the final score.
Examples of all levels of scoring will be discussed. This workshop will involve all those in attendance. All seminar attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a mock judging, using images that they brought. I encourage all in attendance to bring digital files that may be used for discussion purposes. All attendees should be prepared to sit in the “hot” seats. When you have completed the workshop, and have passed the judging evaluation, you will have an understanding of the judging principals and be able to participate in future judgings within in your local association. You will then have the training needed to be a juror for the other PPC affiliates.
Tim Mathiesen M.Photog.Cr. F-ASP
PPA National Jury Chairman