Discussion in 'Photo Assignments & Technical Challenges' started by pixmedic, May 24, 2017.
aaaaaaaaand times up!
love seeing so many kid shots.
its really hard to do better than a child for conveying emotion.
just seems to be natural for them.
as soon as the ferrets wake up, we can start the judging process.
hopefully we can reach concensus before the weekend is over
finally off shift, consensus has been reached, stand by for details...
so many great shots, so few gift cards to give away...
before I post the results, I want to take a few minutes to discuss the contest itself.
first and foremost, as I try to state at the beginning of all my contests, although we do so by the grace and blessings of the TPF administration, (thank you @terri) these contests and prizes are a private deal done by the wife and I and are not a forum sponsored event. This is why the winner is chosen by us personally and not by votes.
secondly, like all contests that revolve around someones personal views of something, our contests are subjective. Me and the wife often have different photos that we "like" the best, but ultimately we have to come to consensus on one photo that we can agree best fits the theme. this is not always the best "technical" photo, and sometimes we have to pass on a photo that we personally like better for a photo that we ultimately feel better suits the theme. It can be quite the conundrum.
the double theme of this contest made the process even more difficult because we not only had to decide how well each photo fit into the "portrait" category, but also what sort of "emotional response" the picture elicited/portrayed to a third party with no prior knowledge/connection to the subject.
both are at least partially subjective, but ultimately we had to make a decision on both the "portrait" and "emotional response" criteria.
As a final note, I was asked about the actual judging process so ill go ahead and post it here...
basically, this is how it works.
I keep a loose eye on the thread from the time its posted to answer any questions, bump the thread, add additional info if needed, etc etc.
the wife, who isn't really active here anymore, typically doesn't look at the thread until I tell her its time to make a decision.
once the deadline has been reached, me and the wife will go over the thread a few times individually at our earliest convenience to form our own, separate opinions. once we are both sure we are familiarized enough with the entries we will gather the ferrets and sit down together to discuss which photos we felt best fit the theme. Usually by the time we get together we have narrowed it down to maybe two pictures each. sometimes our choices overlap, sometimes they are very different. we will discuss why we made the choices we did and the merits of each photo until we can agree on one photo that we can declare the winner. after that, its just a matter of getting on and updating the thread and finding the youtube video of kermit.
well, there it is.
I hope that clears things up a bit and everyone has a better understanding of how our contests work.
and the winner is.....
@DanOstergren with his entry,
PM me your info so we can get your package in the mail.
Congratulations DanOstergren! A well deserved win!
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I knew that was going to win, congrats!
Wow, I honestly wasn't expecting this, thank you!
a well deserved win, though the competition was fierce.
Great photo! Meets the double theme perfectly. Congrats Dan.
Congrats Dan. It is a great photo.
Thank you to pixmedic for running such a generous contest.
Nice job, Dan!
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