Having completed The Societies Judging School. How could I not share a bit about my experience?
What an amazing two days of learning, laughter, tears, and a lot of stepping out of our comfort zones.
If you think judging is easy in any way. Think again! It was a HUGE eye-opener to see how much goes into competitions and judging.
Making friends for life
If you think you have stepped out of your comfort zone before on a course. Then this is the next step up. The training pushes you. But what is amazing is you are doing it alongside other brilliant photographers. Making mistakes with them, supporting each other, and being uncomfortable. These guys saw a different side of me even I didn’t know I had 😂.
A photographer’s life can feel very alone. We often spend most of our time and business with ourselves. But I have come away from this training with a new support group. With some of the best photographers, I feel very lucky.
Let's talk about the training...
I seriously can not thank both Terrie and Scott for being the best teachers. Their passion and knowledge were second to none. They both knew how to push all of us out of our comfort zones.
If you never step out of your comfort zone you will never grow.
If you think you know the level of work that goes into judging… then think again! The two days were intense and learning not only the criteria but also the language to use was a challenge.
The responsibility of a judge had given me a newfound respect for every single person who is. And I had high respect for them already before the course.
When you enter your next competition remember your judge wants you to grow and become the best photographer you can be. Keeping the industry at a high standard, making sure we all as photographers push ourselves.
If you want to know the content of the training… well get on the next course. Because you would never fit that in a blog post.
We don't grow by staying the same.
Another thing that I got out of the training is how important print competitions are. We are after all photographers and our finished product should be printed.
In the digital age, we often enter these competitions. They are easier to do and often cheaper. But all we are doing is killing off print. When the print is an important aspect of our industry. Are we even forgetting the importance of print? The importance of having that final piece.
I learned that the finishing touches to our art are in the print. The choice of paper for our style of photography, the choice of mount. All these things are important. To truly celebrate what we do as photographers, print competitions are not to be missed. Although printing itself is an art and I suggest one you learn at least the basics for.
If your thinking of doing judging school?
Honestly… just DO IT! It will be two of the best days of training you will have done.
You will understand the ins and outs of judging and competitions. How much work goes into them, why they are important. And even better you will come out a better photographer for it.