With two months left in 2020, I think we can clearly see that the craziness will continue well into 2021.
As most of our competitive members of the Society know, we are adapting to this new normal.
Tomorrow, the next online competition opens for entries. You will receive another message with those details. Today, this post describes how the competition will be scored.
Because the Projection Division Competition (first Thursday) will be a Division competition, submitted images will be judged by a panel of four judges. We are allowing the judges four days to review your submissions. During this time, everyone will be able to view the submitted images, but only the judges will be able to rate them.
At the end of the judging period, the contest software must be reconfigured to enable popular vote as we have been doing it. The maker of the software did not anticipate a Jury and Popular Vote at the same time. (We haven’t, in our searching, been able to find software that does so, we will continue with what we know.)
Scoring and Photographic Points
Judges Will be Named
The name of the members of the panel of judges will be posted on the competition page with the results so everyone knows who they were.
Random Alternate Judge
The judges scores for each image will be downloaded and saved. There will be four scores for each image except where the image belongs to a judge. Three of the four scores will be added together to create a total as required by the bylaws. Our plan is to discard the fourth score such that no individual judge can be considered the alternate.
Posting of Scores
We will post the results to the member activity pages as has been done in the past. Because of time constraints and process changes, this will not happen until December at the earliest.
We plan to post the results for each image in the image caption on a line below the title and maker. This caption will show up on the results post gallery where we display the top ten images and on the competition page galleries. As only members can review the galleries on the competition page, we trust this will be satisfactory to the membership.
Judges will remain anonymous in that the name of a judge will not be attached to the scores.
A caption might look like this:
Another GBH by Birdwatcher
9 + 8 + 10 = 27
The algorithm we will use will be implemented in Excel as a formula.
Because we are charting new ground here (and we haven’t created the formula yet) we would welcome input from members on this idea. All reasonable and workable suggestions will be considered.
We are creating documents that show the step by step procedure for managing the competition processes. These documents are public and will be found under the category Procedures. Because we are creating this documentation as we go, we have not published any yet.