Last Saturday, some of us were able to go down to Riverside for the January S4C competition. This is something that I would recommend to all LPA members.
We had 11 members leave the A.V. around 6:45 a.m. but it was certainly worth the early start. I really learned a lot watching the judging. Even though there were no comments during the judging, you really got a sense of what the judges were looking for. In fact, it didn’t take long for me to start judging the pictures myself and I found that I was running very close to the three judges that day.
I was also taking notes on some of the pictures while going thru my pictures in my mind. I came home and spent the weekend reevaluating some of my pictures. There were so many great pictures to view, especially in the creative division.
If you are interested in entering more competitions outside of LPA, you should go to at least one of these competitions. Not only are you able to view what other clubs are doing, you can see how the judging works and what they are looking for. Many of our judges are coming from these clubs, along with the A.V. Fair.
Another incentive to go of course is the beautiful grounds of the California Baptist University. Be sure to bring your camera as the grounds are beautiful. Next time I go I will be focusing on some architecture pictures. Also, be sure to bring your appetite! The university has a cafeteria that we were able to have lunch at. It was nice to be able to sit down with everyone afterwards and discuss what we just viewed and the differences in judging.
If you are interested in going, it is held the 2nd Saturday of the month. Oh, and don’t forget to enter the competition yourself. The deadline is the last day of the month and all you need is your UEN number.