Featured Image: Ruby-throated Hummingbird by Maggie Tieger ◇ 1st Place ◇ Division ◇ September 2021
Changes to the Division
In these extraordinary times that we live, TPS members have not come together in a physical meeting for over eighteen months. We have been holding our meetings virtually via ZOOM, and uploading and posting our images to an online contest gallery.
The way we have been judging and tallying the popular vote has been stretching the rules laid out in the TPS Bylaws. The work required to manage and update the Division Competitions has become quite a bit larger than it was with in person meetings.
Change is required and changes are being made. We
- have new leadership
- have new rules
Please continue reading to understand these changes.
Dick Knudsen, our Secretary, has decided not to continue. Judith Lilly, our Member, at Large, has moved to Sequim. And Trinda Love, our Director, has take the position of Society Vice President, replacing Bruce Severeid who is taking the Print Director position.
Welcome Debbie Klosowski
Debbie Klosowski has agreed to join your board and become the new Projection Division Director. She will be facilitating our Online and in person meetings going forward. Don’t be surprised if Debbie calls you up and asks you to act as a Judge for one of our meetings.
Secretary, Dave Scott
Dave Scott, as most of you know, has been managing the website and the online meetings for some time now so it makes sense that he assume this role in the division.
Tacoma Photographic Society was formed in 1956, a year or two before the internet was invented. Our bylaws and rules reflect this as there are no provisions for online competitions such as we are having today.
We propose to change this by defining a set of rules to govern our Popular Vote and Judges Vote so that the contest management process is simpler, and voting is straight forward.
These changes are a proposal. They will need to be discussed at the board level and then ratified by the membership before they become an accepted part of the Society Bylaws.
The Projection Division will be using these rules as defined below for all Online competitions going forward. We will revise our methods to align with the accepted rules when they are accepted into the Society Bylaws.
1. Changes only Apply to Online Competition
The rules proposed will not apply to Projection Division competitions held in person. In person meetings hosting a Projection Division Competition shall determine Judges Scores through a panel of judges as defined under Article 12 of the bylaws.
A panel of four judges will be appointed for each competition by the Division Director. The names of those judges will be published on the competition results page, but their individual votes will be kept confidential.
Method of Rating
Judges will rate each image in the competition using a five (5) star rating system. One star is poor, Five stars is excellent. To align this rating system with the existing Society rating system, the values will be assigned as follows:
▣ 1 star = 6 judges vote
▣ 2 stars = 7 judges vote
▣ 3 stars = 8 judges vote
▣ 4 stars = 9 judges vote
▣ 5 stars = 10 judges vote
Application of Scores
Only three of the four votes will be applied to any image with judges not being able to vote for their own image. A total of the judges score will be determined as per Projection Division rules.
3. Popular Vote
Rate all Competition Entries
Unlike in person meetings where members are asked to vote for only their favorite x out of y images in the competition, members are asked to rate all images in the competition.
Method of Rating
Members will rate each image in the competition using the same one to five star rating system as used for judging.
For each competition, the average rating for each image will determine the Popular Vote. First Place will be awarded to those entries with the highest average rating. Second Place will be awarded to those entries with the second highest average rating. Third Place will be awarded to those entries with the third highest average rating. Honorable Mention will be awarded to those entries with the fourth highest average rating.
Ties will not be broken
As per in-person competition meetings, photographic points will only be awarded to the first, second and third place awards.
Your Comments are Encouraged!
Please make your comments or questions in the comment section below. We can have a good discussion about these changes before they are put to the board and then a vote by you, our members.