EAF Judges: An Overview
GeneralThe PAGB, through the EAF and other member Federations, maintains a list of approved judges who may be approached by clubs to ask if they would be prepared to judge a club event, inter-club event, or an exhibition. For reasons of spam prevention and Data Protection, this list is not published on the public web site. This list is supplied (Judges and Speakers Handbook) in printed form to all club EAF representatives (usually the club secretary but may be another nominated person), all EAF speakers and all EAF judges. Further copies may be obtained from the PAGB for a small fee - see Shop | Publications.
The EAF has three levels of judges. The difference in qualification between the three panels is not easy to define, but they may be broadly considered as follows:
How to Become a JudgeStrange though it may seem, it is not necessary to hold photographic distinctions or even be a good photographer to be a judge. Sometimes, the best photographers aren't the best judges! What is important as a judge is to have a sense of picture appreciation, to be able to communicate thoughts clearly and in a constructive manner, and to be decisive when awarding marks or places. Sometimes, as a member in the audience, it is too easy for us to be critical of what a judge sees or says but it is an entirely different story if you are standing up in front an audience thinking on your feet.
Judging can be fun and very rewarding. However, we do not expect club members to dive in at the deep end without some form of training and assessment. The EAF holds an annual Judges Workshop where prospective judges can come along and give judging a try under the watchful eye of more experienced judges. The workshops also serve as a refresher to existing judges or to assess existing judges for moving up a panel. These workshops are sometimes supplemented by a Public Speaking workshop.
WorkshopsThese are publicised on the EAF web site and through club secretaries/EAF representative. Early application is recommended as places are limited. The Judges Workshop caters for all three levels though event each may be fine-tuned depending on the number of applicants for each level. Participants are split into groups and each group is led by one or more tutors, assisted by one or more assessors. The final session of the day brings together all participants and each student is invited to “judge” one or two images in front of the gathered “audience”.
At the end of the event all tutors and assessors come together in private to discuss the students and consider any recommendations for invitations to join the judges panel or for promotion. The invitation to join a judges’ panel (or to advance to a senior panel), may be issued to workshop members if they are considered to have reached the appropriate standard. Attending a workshop is not a pass or fail matter but primarily instructional.
The EAF does not claim that only those on its lists can judge but that those on the lists should have reached a certain recognised standard. A beginning has to be made and many clubs encourage their own members to comment at print and projected image evenings.
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