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    Hi all

    This is my first post here. Hope i din violate any rules.

    I'm planning to do a photography competition in my company but have difficulties looking for photographers as judges.
    Had emailed some photography classes, hoping the lecturers can help but no one returned my emails...

    Need some advice.
    -How can one be considered a professional photographer? Is there a cert or sth?
    -Where can i find a judge for such competition?
    -What i have to look out for / consider when organising such competition?

    Thank you very much!

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    1. There are certs, but most pro photographers consider them useless, as any kid with a camera can enroll in a course and get a cert. The portfolio is the real judge.

    2. Here is a good place. But you yourself have to be critical. Look at the people that give the most meaningful and truthful critiques on photos posted here, and invite them.

    3. Make sure all your paperwork is covered, from the terms and requirements to enter, to the judges, to the transparency of the voting, etc.
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    upload to Facebook in a private page, invite everyone in your company to join it, and pick the winner based on the most "likes"

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    Quote Originally Posted by rae0819 View Post
    Hi all

    This is my first post here. Hope i din violate any rules.

    I'm planning to do a photography competition in my company but have difficulties looking for photographers as judges.
    Had emailed some photography classes, hoping the lecturers can help but no one returned my emails...

    Need some advice.
    -How can one be considered a professional photographer? Is there a cert or sth?
    -Where can i find a judge for such competition?
    -What i have to look out for / consider when organising such competition?

    Thank you very much!
    Look at the context of this competition, is it for photographers or non-photographers?

    Non-photographers can shoot subjects without much composition because emotionally it means a lot to them.
    Photographers will think of both composition and emotion.
    No 100% one way is better than the other. It is just different because of the audience.

    Photography judges will take into account composition 1st and emotions 2nd, because they are promoting photography.
    If the intent is to promote some form of company cohesion, then the more pleasing image may score higher even if it is compositionally poor.

    Your judge needs to suit the competition. Define your competition first, then you know what kind of judge(s) is required.

    ps. I guess you can always come up with 2 awards, best photo & most popular
    Last edited by foxtwo; 29th August 2012 at 05:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    1. There are certs, but most pro photographers consider them useless, as any kid with a camera can enroll in a course and get a cert. The portfolio is the real judge.

    2. Here is a good place. But you yourself have to be critical. Look at the people that give the most meaningful and truthful critiques on photos posted here, and invite them.

    3. Make sure all your paperwork is covered, from the terms and requirements to enter, to the judges, to the transparency of the voting, etc.
    Thanks Rashkae! I believe all of you have been here long enough to recommend me some pple to approach for the start.

    I love photography... but I'm only amateur... so i need lots of advice on the terms and requirements... which is why i would like to engage someone who can really help me along.

    much appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    upload to Facebook in a private page, invite everyone in your company to join it, and pick the winner based on the most "likes"
    I like this idea! Will keep that in mind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by foxtwo View Post
    Look at the context of this competition, is it for photographers or non-photographers?

    Non-photographers can shoot subjects without much composition because emotionally it means a lot to them.
    Photographers will think of both composition and emotion.
    No 100% one way is better than the other. It is just different because of the audience.

    Photography judges will take into account composition 1st and emotions 2nd, because they are promoting photography.
    If the intent is to promote some form of company cohesion, then the more pleasing image may score higher even if it is compositionally poor.

    Your judge needs to suit the competition. Define your competition first, then you know what kind of judge(s) is required.

    Thanks foxtwo for your reply! I would say the competition will be for anyone who have deep interest in photography. I agree that judging criterias will be different from the photographers and non-photographers. I will like it to be composition first and emotions 2nd, like wat you mentioned. Maybe we can also give prizes to the most popular photos like wat like wat you and kei1309 suggested.
    Last edited by rae0819; 29th August 2012 at 05:47 PM.

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    I think like almost everyone, your potential judges would be asking, "What's in it for me?"
    It's a colossal waste of time and needs their very specialized skills, so how are they going to be compensated?
    If the compensation is good enough, you don't even need to ask - they will find you.

    kei's idea of Facebook is good, but you will end up that the winner is the most popular person, not the most skillful.
    I'm on other forums, and it's very common for people on the forums to appeal to the forum community to "vote" for their contest entries. Will be the same here.
    You end up probably the sexiest gal in the office wins it, even if she doesn't know which end of the camera points at the subject.

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    Talk to local photography associations, there are many photographers are highly qualify and exprienced in this areas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silencer13 View Post
    I think like almost everyone, your potential judges would be asking, "What's in it for me?"
    It's a colossal waste of time and needs their very specialized skills, so how are they going to be compensated?
    If the compensation is good enough, you don't even need to ask - they will find you.
    What about the passion to judge?

    Is that enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post
    What about the passion to judge?

    Is that enough?
    doesn't that mean Everyone can be the judge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post
    What about the passion to judge?

    Is that enough?
    Haha, that only applies for beauty contests with the possibility for (literally) under table rewards.

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