Our county fair is this weekend, and my daughter entered some photos and the stupid judges didn’t recognize her outstanding talent!!! :smack:
No, this really isn’t a rant. I’m genuinely curious. My only experience as a judge myself was doing a couple of science fairs, and there are pretty clear criteria for assessing the entries. Similarly for music, dance, gymnastics, and similar skills there are clear standards that define excellent performances.
But it seems to me, when you look at artistic competitions, the lines aren’t as well-defined because creativity is a huge factor. Taste, also, must surely affect what one judges to be great or awful. What am I missing here? Is there a standard for visual art media beyond what the judges like or don’t like?
Separating my obvious support for my daughter from my observations, honestly, I couldn’t figure what it was about the winning entries that set them apart from all the rest. In fact, some of the non-winners (apart from my daughter’s, of course) were really impressive to me. I’m not a photographer, tho - those of you who are, do you judge a photo based on your personal experience and style?
I’ve dabbled in pottery and knitting/crocheting, so I have a feel for what is special and what is meh in those areas - even if I don’t particularly like something, I have an appreciation for the effort that goes into it. Can a pro determine from looking at an amateur’s photos what was required to get the shot?
It’s probably even harder judging recipes - I could make the greatest chocolate torte the world has ever seen, but if the judges don’t like chocolate, I guess I’ve lost before I’ve begun.
In the grand scheme of things, none of this matters, but I am curious. How does one judge creativity?