June 25th, 2015
- Theme definition: Some people felt that Tony’s winning image didn’t conform to the theme of “Large interior adjoined space.”
- Voting process: Some people thought that various entries that didn’t receive any points should have gotten points.
My general attitude on the PFRE contests is that their purpose is about getting feedback from the best shooters and raising the quality of your work, not whether the points awarded to everyone that entered is perfectly fair and rationally justifiable. The fact is a huge amount of the voting process is subjective and personal opinion.
I want to do everything I can to REDUCE the number of entries in this contest and spend less time on it. Getting 30 entrants to follow the 10 existing rules takes too much of my time. There is no way I’m going to make the rules more complicated. I may even put a cap on the number of entries. The month we had 60 entries was insane…. too much work for everyone involved in the contest.
My response to arguments about justifying the voting process and how and whether points are awarded is that I want to only announce the winner and perhaps the second and third place. No announcement of points, just who won first, second and third. I want to eliminate these discussions completely. They have no value. I actually did this for a few months but gave in to a reader that wanted to have a detailed history of points awarded. I still may go back to this scheme that doesn’t even disclose points and voting process. What other photographic contest discloses the voting process and points and let contestants argue about whether everything is fair and fuzzy feeling? None that I know of.
The voting system is like it is to accommodate what the jurors want. Some jurors want to cast all 10 of their points to one entrant. Other jurors want to split their 10 votes between three entrants usually 5,3,2. The majority of the jurors vote 5,3,2. Also the details of the voting is hugely affected by how much time the jurors have to participate in the contest. There were only 8 jurors that had time this month to vote and more than usual cast all their 10 points to one entry so this is why there were many entries that didn’t get any points. I don’t think this is a big issue so I’m not going to try to fix it. I believe the best image was selected.
The only change I’m going to make now, is I’ve changed the June theme to Foyer.
I’m considering the following changes:
- Caping the number of entries each month to 25 or 30.
- Eliminating showing how many points each entry gets.