To Judge in TPS Division Competitions a member must have 15 photographic points in the division in which they are judging.
TPS uses a 5 point scale to judge images. Each judge awards a score of 6 to 10 points.
Composition (2 points) + Technique (2 Points) + Impact (1 point)
Excellent receives 10 points. “Knocks your socks off!” Outstanding composition, Tells a complete story or creates a mood for the viewer, High Impact to the viewer. No Major weaknesses, not necessarily perfect. There is no definition for artistic perfection
Very Good receives 9 points. Technically correct, Good composition, tells a story or creates a mood, impacts the viewer
Average receives 7 points. Average as far as the general public is concerned, little impact or imagination, Does not meet TPS acceptance criteria, may have up to three major weaknesses
Fair receives 6 points. A snapshot type of picture that needs improvement. In the TPS System, the score of 6 is rarely given.
Points can be broken down into three Design Components.
Composition: (2 Points) The selection and arrangement of the pictorial elements in order to enhance the meaning of the subject. Look For: One area of maximum interest, Use of lines and shapes to emphasize the center of interest, pleasing spatial balance, a complete story within the photograph, overall unity, simplicity
Technique: (2 points) The selective application of the mechanical elements to strengthen the intended visual statement. Look For: Effective use of light, appropriate use of focus and depth-of-field, effective exposure, subduing of unimportant foregrounds, backgrounds, and highlights, effective filling of the frame, straight horizon lines, correct linear perspective of buildings, effective use of color (slides and prints) or tonal contrast (Black & White), effective cropping, cleanliness (slides) or neatness (prints).
A print’s mounting and matting
Impact: (1 point) The picture’s ability to attract and hold the viewer’s attention. Look for: Establishment of mood, strong emotional response evoked, sensory stimulation, fresh imaginative approach that lifts the work into the realm of art, subject matter made interesting by the photographer not merely by its own inherent quality
Thoughts on Judging
Do not give a disproportionate number of high or low scores. In the TPS
TPS does not have a definition
The difficulty of taking the picture should not change the rating. The image speaks for itself, no matter how hard or easy it is to capture. Resist initial “Impact”, a great photo should keep the viewer’s attention and needs more than flashiness or pretty scenery. Spend a few seconds before giving a final score. Good or bad emotions are emotions. Your task is not to judge the “happiness level” but how well the photographer succeeds in bringing those emotions to the viewer
The presentation should not overpower the subject.