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Photo by Daryl Wilson

Image Evaluation – Scoring and Judging

On Evaluation Night the submitted images are judged by a single judge. This judge is usually an invited qualified guest from outside the Langley Camera Club. The judge will award a score of 1–30 points per image, based on the criteria for judging photographic images according to the Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA) suggested guidelines.

Image titles, but not the maker’s name, are announced prior to judging. Image titles, along with the image maker’s name and the resulting score are announced after the Image / Scoring Coordinator successfully receives the judge’s score and after any requested or voluntary comment or critique of the image by the judge has been completed.

The maker of an image may request during the original image submission process to have the judge comment on or critique their image. While beginning photographers at Advancement Levels 1-3 may request that both of their submitted images be critiqued it is requested in the interest of time that more experienced photographers at Levels 4-7 limit their request to one image. The judge may also request permission to comment on and critique any image even if the maker did not so request.

Any image submitted in the Theme Category that in the opinion of a judge is not on Theme will automatically be given a maximum score of 15 points.

Criteria for Evaluation of the images

Judges are invited to judge at the Langley Camera Club because of their experience, knowledge and personal style. The club suggests that the judge consider the following facets of an image:

  • Visual Impact: “Wow factor”, use of colour, form, point of view, proportion, tells a story, sparks the imagination
  • Achieving Message: To achieve purpose it is important that the message is evident.
  • Subject Matter: Is the subject interesting? Does it demonstrate a unique way of seeing the world? Is there a clear subject/center of interest? In the Theme category, the theme must be clearly evident.
  • Composition: Does it bring our attention to the point of primary interest? Does it take advantage of elements in the scene and/or successfully hide or minimize unwanted elements
  • Technical: Focus, Depth of Field, Shutter Speed, Lighting and Exposure are executed in a manner that is effective.


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