PACN evaluation event guidelines

Dates for 2018-19 Evaluation Nights

Tuesday September 18 
Tuesday November  6 
Wednesday February 6 – at Colonel Mustard’s Bar & Grill

Evaluation events, or “evaluation nights” provide an opportunity for members to present their images to other members of the club and receive constructive feedback about their images’ merits and shortcomings.

Each member can submit 2 digital images per event. The amount of time available for the meeting is divided by the number of images submitted so that each image receives the same amount of discussion / comment time.

Images are viewed one at a time. The maker may begin by introducing his/her image and saying whatever is important to him/her. All members are then invited to comment on what they like about the image or what could be improved. Questions can be asked. E.g., “Could you have cropped more loosely in post?”, “Do you have shots from a different angle?”.   Evaluations will be limited to discussions only; there will be no opportunity for on-the-fly image editing.

A moderator runs the show. He/she selects speakers from the floor and keeps track of the discussion time. At the end of the time slot the moderator asks for a vote to rate the image; just a show of hands. Is this image worthy of a “gold” rating? If 50 of the members vote as gold, this is recorded. If less than 50% vote gold, the moderator asks for a vote on a “silver” rating. If less than 50% vote for silver, the image remains unrated. A recorder notes the name of the image, the maker, and how it rated.

The advantage of this system is that each image is judged on its own merit, regardless of subject matter.  It is not a competition. All golds are considered equal. At any one evaluation night, any number of images may be awarded gold or silver.  The maker can receive lots of encouragement and ideas for improvement. Images may be returned to a subsequent evaluation if desired, so that an image once judged as silver, for example, might become a gold after edits by the maker.

No external judges are needed as all present are expected to judge by show of hands. Members can shoot the kind of images that they prefer. The process is supportive yet has a competitive aspect (see below).

The evaluations will be beneficial to beginner and advanced photographers alike. New photographers get feedback about their own progress as they begin to earn silver or gold; more seasoned shooters may see things in their images that they may have missed.

Evaluation criteria
Members are not expected to apply regular competition criteria when they rate an image (though they can if they wish). The ratings are likely to be more intuitive. Members should ask themselves the following questions about any particular image.

For a gold rating:

  •  Is this an image I would hang on my wall?
  • Do I experience an emotional reaction to the image? Does it make me happy, sad, peaceful, or angry?
  • Does the image convey a story or a message to me?

For a silver rating:

  • Is this an image that I will remember?
  • With a few edits, could this image rate as gold?

Image submission

Images can be submitted in advance by e-mail (evaluations@pacn.ca), or at the event. JPEG format is preferred. Raw formats should be avoided as they may not display properly, or at all.

If possible, the images should be resized for display before submission.

You may download guidelines for resizing images using the 2 links below.

Lightroom Export Preset

Photoshop Resizing

Competition eligibility

Images presented during an evaluation event are eligible for PACN competitions. Note that any given image can only be entered once in a PACN competition.

The Competitions Committee will evaluate all gold rated images and select those that will become part of a “club” entry to outside competitions such as those held by CAPA. The maker can, of course, elect not to participate.

Photographer Of The Year points

Members will earn one POTY point for each new image submitted. Silver images will earn an additional point, and gold images will earn two additional points. Images submitted for subsequent evaluations will receive no points. The maker must be present at the evaluation or no points will be awarded.