As the summer was winding down, LexJet held the Sunset Image Awards, an online photo contest to help all levels of photographers learn from Cheri and Dennis Hammon, and Pete Wright. Dennis is a Professional Photographers of America (PPA) affiliate juror and Cheri is a qualified juror for state competitions. Pete Wright is a professional photographer, a PPA juror, and a Canon Technical Specialist.
After each image was shown, the judges analyzed it and then offered their critiques and insights for the top images. While judging is subjective, the ratings are based on PPA’s 12 Elements of Merit.
Over 50 images were chosen to go to the final judging, where each image was scored. When a judge felt it was necessary, he or she challenged the scores and they discussed, in detail, why they scored the way they did.
After the discussion, jury chairperson Dennis Hammon would ask all the judges to score again. If you’ve never entered a photo competition, this was a great opportunity to see and hear how the judging happens.
In the video above, you can watch the judges’ announcement of the top image in each category:
- Fine Art/Composite: “Hope” by Toni Harryman
- Portrait: “Let Me Dream” by Mari Latozas
- Wedding: “Wish” by Ricky Pan
- Wildlife/Landscape: “Great Blue Heron in the Mist” by Becky Kempf
To watch the judges discuss and score the images, click on the video below. Stay tuned to the LexJet blog and Sunset and LexJet social media for updates on future Sunset Image Award competitions.