• Technical Quality – Technical quality in a competition is expected by the judges. When viewing your entry, they may have seen some issues in terms of colour, contrast, brightness or even unwanted spots or marks that have let your entry down. Presentation of your work and correct post-production is so important for a successful competition entry.
• Post Processing – Another highly subjective subject. It is not how much or little you process that matter, but how effective it is. Does it enrich the message and storytelling? Or does it detracts? Be ware of halos dodging & burning, artifacts from over sharpening. Try to maintain details in the highlights and shadows. Successful post processing just glues the eyes the image. Some liken post processing to cooking. When it is done right it is just heavenly.
• Good Image – The judges agree that this is a well executed image. Nice use of exposure, composition and focus. Strong Technique has been displayed.
• Lighting – Often the difference between a good photo and a great one is the light. This is a big subject and covers many issues, but the judge is indicating that better use of light may improve this image. Is the subject over lit? Is the light too contrasty or too flat for your subject? Is the light helping or hindering the subject.
Gold, Silver and Bronze merit awards will be will be awarded based on the averaged 5 voting scores as follows
Gold Award scored 90-100
Silver award scored 80-89
Bronze award scored 70-79
The gold, silver and bronze awards are recognized by the judges as high quality images and worthy of recognition in the competition.