Judging Feedback – Some Stats and Emerging Trends

Judging Feedback Comments by Competency

SCPF launched a feedback process in early 2016 to provide judges with constructive information about how we’re doing.

You might be interested to know the following stats from the first eighteen months of the process.

  • In the eighteen months since launch, 105 feedbacks have been received – 94 by the official form and 11 by letter or email;
  • 44 clubs have contributed, 80% of which are SCPF; the remainder equally are clubs in SxPF, SPA and CACC. That means approximately half of SCPF clubs have not provided feedback;
  • Clubs providing feedback are led by Basingstoke (9); Winchester (8); Bognor Regis (6); Petersfield (5); Bracknell, Gosport, New Forest, and Niton (4); Alton, Horndean, Isle of Wight, Lewes (SxPF), Reading, Salisbury, Seven Sisters (SxPF), and Storrington (3);
  • Feedback covers 36 individual judges, sixteen of whom were at Level 1 on receiving their first feedback, fifteen at Level 2 and five at Level 3;
  • Feedback has contributed to 10 upgrades to Level 2 (+2 currently pending) and 3 upgrades to Level 3 (+1 currently pending);
  • From 105 feedbacks, we have distilled approximately 400 useful free comments (both praise and criticism), and categorised them by the judging competencies that we train. Free comments carry a lot of weight, because they reveal what is important to reviewers.
Judging Feedback Comments by Competency

Spread of judging feedback comments by competency areas

Appraisal Skills (32%) attracted the most comments (mostly positive), and within that, giving a constructive critique and a balanced appraisal were overwhelmingly the most important qualities to emerge.

Marking (17%) was commented less frequently than Appraisal Skills and Language and Presentation, but attracted the most criticism, not surprisingly. Marking was mentioned more as a criticism than a praise. 39% of all comments received about Marking concerned the range of marks awarded, where there was twice as much criticism as praise, mainly for using too narrow a range. Coherence of marking – the perceived matching marks to comments – also attracted significant comment.

All of this I intend to publish in more detail later in the year.

For now, thank you very much to all the clubs who have contributed to our judging development by giving feedback. Your help is greatly appreciated.

And a reminder please. Recently we have had to intervene on behalf of judges to press clubs to provide feedback after judges have requested it. We do ask that clubs provide feedback whenever you engage a Level 1 judge for your evenings. It is essential, as they are gaining experience, for new judges to know how they are doing, and it helps us too when it comes to upgrades.

Best Regards

… Ken Scott
Judging Advisor

League Uploading – Keycode Registration

Please can those responsible for uploading images for the league, remember to register your keycode before uploading entries. You can find the tab on the uploader page to register (third tab in).

Registering your details links the keycode to your club, email address and allows us to send correspondence, confirmations and activates the check entry functionality. If you enter prints or PDI’s without registering, you will not receive confirmations of entry; if there are any errors in sizes, dimensions, format etc, you will not be notified.

If you have any issues please contact the league secretary via email (league@).

League tables now available

The league tables for the 2017/2018 season are now available on the site. Use the menu for quick access. Links to each section are below:

For those that have submitted your judging dates, these are being populated as dates come into the league secretary. Please email them through using the league@ address.

The format of the pages this season are folded up in an accordion-style. Click on the (+) to the left of your league to expand/collapse the tables.

Leslie Powell RoH


Leslie Powell received The SCPF Roll of Honour showing appreciation and thanks for his outstanding service over many years to Woolston Camera Club…

Exhibition Information


Annual Exhibition Information

Once again, the SCPF Annual Exhibition will be held at the Salisbury Library from Saturday 6th January until Saturday 27th January 2018.

As in previous years, print entries will be limited to 35 clubs due to the space available in the library.  There is no restriction on the number of clubs entering PDIs

Closing date for registration is the 31st August 2017 and forms can be found on the SCPF website. Acceptance will be on a first come first served basis with payment via the web. Cheques will be accepted if sent direct to Ray Acland at his home address.

Judging has been arranged for the 19th November 2017.  Uploading of images will be during October after completion of the leagues’ entries.  An actual date will be published later in the SCPF newsletter but all information must be submitted by 28th October 2017.  Please assist the committee by downloading entries as soon as possible after the published date and not leave it until the last minute.

It is most important that we adhere to these deadlines to allow sufficient time to carry out all the necessary preparatory work to facilitate the judging and subsequent preparation of the Exhibition catalogue.

May I remind all clubs that prints must be delivered to the Club Reps’ meeting on the 17th November 2017.  This date is only 48 hours before the judging and leaves very little time for preparation.

Friday 5th January 2018 will be the preview and prize giving evening.

Further information will be circulated via the SCPF newsletter.

Ray Acland

Exhibition Secretary

Roll of Honour for Les Powell

Les Powell of Woolston Camera Club receiving his Roll of Honour Certificate from SCPF President Peter Rocchiccioli.

The award is in recognition of his long-term support of the club, where among other things he has been Chairman/President since 1998. He has also been the club’s SCPF representative for many years. Congratulations are well deserved!

George Walsh APAGB


Steve Kirkby RoH


Steve Kirkby of Alton Camera Club receives the Roll of Honour at the Club’s Annual dinner…