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TOPIC: Suggestion; combine advanced and intermediate and then have one mystery reviewer of that level

Suggestion; combine advanced and intermediate and then have one mystery reviewer of that level 1 month 2 weeks ago #1714

  • Ian Wilson
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I would like to support what Graham has written about the issues raised by Mark. I too have been aware that some changes are required to make our competitions better but, unfortunately, it takes time and to be fair to contestants, there is really only one chance per year to make major changes. I have quietly taken over the role of Competition Moderator from Rob and Graham and consequently have become aware of some of the discussions taking place on how we manage competitions in future. I am optimistic that by 2019 we will have a more refined process for matching contestants with the right level of competition and that this will see more members move up to Advanced and perhaps one of two move from Advanced to the Intermediate level.

Regarding my own situation, I take this opportunity to mention that as a competition moderator it would be improper for me to be a contestant and because I have access to names of competitors it would also be improper for me to vote on competition entries. This has not stopped me from taking a keen interest in the competitions and along with members of the Committee, I will be pleased to receive any feedback from members regarding our competitions.

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Suggestion; combine advanced and intermediate and then have one mystery reviewer of that level 1 month 2 weeks ago #1715

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Graham Cam wrote: Hi Mark,

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Ideally, I would like to provide critiques for all entries but this is not possible. Club judges provide verbal critiques, which are quicker to provide to an audience rather than a written critique. I doubt that any of our MR's have the time to write critiques for all the competition entries and if this was possible, the 'fee for service' would be unsustainable for our meager budget.


I personally think it is a big 'ask', even if we paid MRs considerably more, to critique potentially hundreds of entries individually. A sample maybe, highlighting particular issues? Either way, my main purpose in responding is to remind members that we have a Critique Gallery where members can post images for feedback any time. We also have a forum where any technical or other questions can be raised. Images can be posted there too. I'd encourage you all to use these features as a stated goal of BLP is to educate on photography. We are a photography website and I think we should all work on continuous improvement of our work.
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