I am often asked to judge local and National photography competitions and wrote the following article for the Photographic Society of America (PSA) Journal. It was published in the November 2014 issue. Enjoy!
The reason for this articles title is fairly simple. Judging is not for everyone and sometimes as a club judge it can feel as if those eyes behind you are burning into the back of your neck. As a judge your opinion is also judged in the minds of the participant listeners.
What is the literal meaning of the word Judge or act of judging? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, judge, judging and judged is to ‘form an opinion about through careful weighing of evidence and testing of premises’. ‘To determine or pronounce after inquiry and deliberation, to form an estimate or evaluation of or opinion about’. This of course includes positive and negative conclusions or opinions.