- 1st Place – “Spirit Falls” photo by Donnie Fulks of Fredericksburg, VA
- 2nd Place – “String Art” photo by C. Renee Martin of Fredericksburg, VA
- 3rd Place – “Fredericksburg Snowscape” by Mark Monteiro of Fredericksburg, VA
- “Pondering” photo by Sheila Jones of Fredericksburg, VA
- “Mask” photo by Saeed Ordoubadi of King George, VA
- “Identity Crisis” by Rebecca Carpenter of Fredericksburg, VA
- “Bodie Lighthouse” photo by Andrew Sentipal of Fredericksburg, VA
- “Cypress Sunset” photo by C. Renee Martin of Fredericksburg, VA
- “Knights Templar Church Floor” photo by Deborah D. Herndon of Evansville, IN
- “Morning Has Arrived” photo by C. Renee Martin of Fredericksburg, VA
- “Your Place or Mine” photo by Anne McGrath of Fredericksburg, VA
- “Quintessential Maine” photo by Fritzi Newton of Fredericksburg, VA
- “Dark Moon” photo by Vickie Varela of Fredericksburg, VA
- “Saddlery” photo by Matt DeZee of Spotsylvania, VA
- “Artic Blues” photo by Donnie Fulks of Fredericksburg, VA
- “Fjord Flow” photo by Donnie Fulks of Fredericksburg, VA
How I perceive my role as a judge
I view the first and foremost role of a judge to be an educator. For novices, the educational experience will hopefully be an increased awareness of the basic issues that comprise good photography. For more advanced photographers, the experience will be to further their understanding of how others (who perhaps are peers) view their work, as opposed to learning the basics.
My Goals when I judge
- Be open to all kinds of photographic subjects
- Adjust commentary to the competition class (novice, intermediate, advanced)
- Apply a solid foundation for analyzing photos
- Keep a decent pace of seeing, reacting, formulating, and articulating
- Be decisive about selections
- Use language that is honest, constructive, and encouraging
- I've learned that good commentary is what competitors value the most.
Foundation for analyzing photos
My approach has evolved as I've studied hundreds of judges in action since 2001, and listened to myself judge. I've concluded that it takes four things to make a great photo, and all four must be present: great Subject, great Light, great Composition, great Colors. I call these "Attractors." Of course, this is modified for some photos such as abstracts without a subject, or black and white photos. Of the Attractors, I believe that Subject is the most important - does it create an emotional response?
That being said, I've identified about 60 "Detractors" that can chip away at a photo and bring it to its knees, such as poor focus and distracting bright areas. So I first analyze the Attractors and then the Detractors.