Contest Scoring


A member's rank is increased only by scoring from contest entries (see Submitting Contest (and other) Photos recipe). Contest points are accumulated towards the member’s standing. The levels are defined as follows:

Junior (previously beginner)

New to photography (not necessarily digital)
Basic point and shoot experience
Mostly using “Auto” mode on camera


Has earned 200 points at Junior level through contests or
Has belong to a photography club before, or
Understand basic camera controls or
Has taken some photography classes, or
Has been taking picture for years


Has earned 400 points at Intermediate level through contests, or
Understand concepts beyond good photography, or
Understand beyond basics controls on your camera


Has earned 1000 points at Advanced level through contests, or


Photo Scoring

  • Three judges on panel for each competition.  One judge from the last competition will also judge the next one.
  • Each judge scores a photograph from 0 - 15 points in 5 different categories.
  • Final score for each entry will be from 0 - 45 points.
  • Photos are ranked in order of points from high to low.
Subject matter 0-1
Emotional appeal & impact 0-3
Composition 0-3
Technical quality 0-5
Originality 0-3


Subject Matter

(1 point)

0= photo not on topic

1= Topic easily identifiable


Emotional Appeal / Impact

(3 points)

0= The image has little emotional appeal and fails to communicate an objective

1= The image initiates some emotional response or recantation of the makers perceived objective

2= The subject conveys a sense of place or an event and is accurately rendered. There is an automatic emotional response

3= The image is powerful and evokes an immediate emotional response which is strong and lasting. The subject matter is well selected and portrayed



(3 points)

0= Composition is careless with significant distractions. Design is not apparent or satisfactory

1= Composition and design are satisfactory. Distractions may be apparent but not dominant

2= Composition and design are without fault. There is no distractions

3= The organization of the elements is critical to the success of the image. Composition and design are both without fault or distractions.
Arrangement of design must be good.
Is the composition appropriate for the subject matter of the photograph?
Rules of composition (and justification for breaking these rules).
General distractions; such as dark shadows from flash shots, bright spots, lens flares, subject matter touching frame edges, foreign objects, etc.


Technical Quality

(5 points)

Light and exposure

0= Badly over or under exposed

1= Use of light is adequate and appropriate with some tolerance for exposure range

2= Use of light nd exposure well handled and absolutely correct with no obvious lighting problems

3= Light and exposure have been used effectively, beyond mere recording. The exposure may be deliberately unusual but correct, and the image shows skill in the use of light direction, character and colour


0= The subject image is ot sharp or as sharp as required in the subject areas

1= The subject area is sharp. Blurred areas are an enhancement or not a fault

Depth of Field

0= no depth or lacking depth of field

1= depth of field appropriate for the subject



(3 points)

0= The image quality might be good but does not provide a new point of view

1= The subject is well presented but some aspects of the picture could have been more creative

2= The subject is presented in a creative context. Creative take on a highly recognized subject

3= Cutting edge image



  • Can make judging of photos in our contests easier and more consistant.
  • Allows for categories such as “Photo of the Year” based on points.
  • Allows members to see improvement in their photographs based on actual scores.
  • Creates a scoring standard across all club photo contests.
  • Most photography clubs have some kind of scoring system.