Our Honors Program Meeting (Photo judging/critique night) is held the second Tuesday of each month. The purpose of the Honors Program is to provide a structure for a critical review that is in keeping with the member's ability. This should be a fun and positive learning experience. It is one of several options that the photo club offers to allow us to participate in photographic activities that are intended to enhance our abilities in an enjoyable way. Its aim is to be evaluative rather than competitive, and thereby reduce the intimidating aspects of conventional competition and emphasize constructive information.
We have three judging categories: Monthly Assignment, Open and Digital. Assignment and Open are both submitted in print format and Digital is submitted electronically. You are allowed to submit a total of 2 photos (any combination) at the Honor's Program Meeting for judging. Participants must be current club members in good standing (dues paid).
At the end of the meeting the scores are then tallied and an award of Gold, Silver, or Bronze, or no award, is given. There are seven levels of achievement in the club – 1-Star through 7-Star. All members start out at the entry level of 1-Star. As they progress upward in levels, the scores required to achieve awards (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) increases as members’ abilities increase (see “Points Chart” in our detailed Honor's Program Instructions). Scores and rankings are sent monthly via email and posted on the website. At the end of the year, our Photographer/s of the Year are recognized at our annual banquet.
Linked below are full Honor's Program Rules & Instructions. Please read it carefully and do not hesitate to ask for any clarification.
2016 Photographer of the Year - Steve Schuenke
2016 Open Category Award - John Cross