The PAGB run APM assessments twice a year giving club photographers the opportunity to gain accreditations. At last weekends adjudications Sue Champion was successful in gaining her CPAGB. Two of her successful images are included along with a description of the journey by Sue herself.
It was back in November 2013 that I attended a mentoring day for the PAGB awards, which had been organised by the L&CPU. We were asked to take along 10 prints or DPI’s for a mock adjudication by six judges, so I obviously chose my most successful club and L&CPU entries from the previous two seasons.
The day began with an explanation of the awards, scoring system and example entries from successful submissions. Credit Level images typically do well in club competitions and are used in inter-clubs. Every image is scored individually out of 5 by six judges, and they are displayed randomly as at our club. A total score of 200 from 10 images is required. Seeing the high standard of work was when reality struck, and the self doubt kicked in.
The judging process then began, and the speed of marking made it very obvious that high scoring entries needed immediate impact and appeal. A technically competent “good shot” was just not enough. Surprisingly, only one of my prints scored below the 20 marks required and my total was 210.
Spurred on by this, I decided to contact Christine Widdall (L&CPU) to take up the offer of a mentor. This is where the hard work started. In December 2013, I was contacted by Gwen and Phil Charnock (formerly Wigan 10 ) and asked to send about 40-50 images on a CD so they could look at my work. Oh boy, what had I done!I separated out my “Mock” images from the others, and naively thought they would just advise on the best ones to pick, and then maybe I would have to swap one or two for better ones. In reality, I ended up abandoning most of the high scorers from the mock, reworking others, and continually submitting new work. I was totally confused, so set up a folder with thumbnails of images next to e-mail print outs containing feedback. I re-worked as instructed, and eventually rejected the weaker images.