CCT Criteria for Judging “Nature” & “Hand of Man” Categories
Technical Merit (1/3)
- Appropriate focus on key subject matter. Focus does not detract from the intent of the image.
- Exposure is appropriate for the intent of the image – not excessively over or under exposed.
- No glare or hot spots that detract from the whole.
- Image is level when appropriate.
- Good contrast – appropriate for the subject.
- Colors true and not over/under saturated – unless intentional.
- No excessive HDR effect – natural items should appear natural.
- Main subject is immediately obvious without unnecessary clutter.
- Image has simplicity/clarity, no distracting items.
- Important items are not cropped out.
- Appropriate vacant/noncontributory space for the intent of the image.
- Good use of available or artificial light to highlight subject.
- Good use of depth of field, backgrounds are not distracting.
- Use of angles/lines to draw one into the photo to prime subject.
- Shot from unique angle/perspective – interesting choice of viewpoint.
Overall Impact (1/3)
- Visually/aesthetically appealing – generates strong interest.
- Tells a story and/or has emotional appeal- mood, feelings, excitement, empathy, symbolism, etc.
- Original/Creative/Uncommon – Doesn’t follow the usual path – unique subject or unique treatment of common subject.
- A “photograph” – not just a picture/snapshot/record shot
- Utilizes “light” in a most appealing/effective manner
- Worthy to hang on your home wall or in a gallery
CCT Criteria for Judging Creative Photos
Composition & technical merit (1/3)
- Clear center of interest or subject.
- Complete story within the image.
- Overall unity, simplicity.
- Clear what the photographer intended.
- Pleasing balance in textures, colors, light.
- No distracting elements – -all aspects tie together well.
- Demonstrates careful thought about the composition.
- Absent any obvious technical flaws.
- Shows creativity in printing (i.e. print media selected) (prints only).
- Original subject or original approach to standard subject.
- Conveys a personal/unique vision.
- Showcases photographer’s skill using software and other techniques to achieve an artistic goal.
- Demonstrates new concept(s), inventiveness, vision beyond the obvious.
- Communicates a clear metaphor, symbol or story.
- Demonstrates the unexpected, unusual, uncommon.
- Avoids clichés.
- Effectiveness of the selected image manipulations in transforming the photographic material into an original, imaginative piece of digital art.
- Demonstrates skill and artisanship.
Impact or “Wow” Factor (1/3)
- Generates a strong emotional response – positive or negative.
- Strong first impression, commands viewer’s attention.
- Subject matter is made more interesting by the photographer.
- Exhibits real artistic merit.
- Generates sense of wonder and admiration.
- Truly fits the concept of photographically derived digital art.
- Worthy to hang in a gallery or on home wall.