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Hello, I am part of the Competitions Committee for the Victoria Camera Club and we are looking for master or professional photographers to act as judges for 6 monthly competitions (Sept, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, March).

Each month we hold competitions in 8 different categories for three skill levels.  Novice comps are judged internally within the club but we like to have external judges for the intermediate and advanced levels to remove any chance or perception of bias.


The categories we need judges for are:

Digital :  Open, Nature, Creative, Theme (a different theme is chosen each month)

Prints:    Open, Nature, Monochrome

Judging consist of scoring each image and giving text comments.  The text comments are extremely important as these offer the club members a real learning opportunity.  Digital images are judged through our website, so judges can be anywhere in the world.


We offer a rate of $1.50 per digital image and $2.00 per print image. On average a judge will be asked to look at about 50 images, depending on how many the judges feels they can handle in the time they have available.  We do not expect a monthly commitment – you can judge once or many times over the year.

We will also be hosting a Canada-wide Portrait competition for CAPA (Canadian Association for Photographic Art) in March 2016 – we will need three judges.


Judging amateur competitions is a way to educate and encourage budding photographers in the photographic arts.  I hope you will consider giving a few hours of your time to support our club.  If you know and can recommend any other photographers that might be interested, please pass their name along to me.


Please respond to me if you are interested in judging for us and let me know what months you would be available. 


Pam Irvine – Competitions Chair


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August minutes

Pierre introduced the new team who will help shape the Club in the future.

Simon Henson

Larry Citra

Maggie Vancik

Roger Brooks

Maureen Milburn

Ellen Vesterdal

Justene Tedder

Plus returning executive members:

Pat Page

Kahsia Hartwell

Wendy Rosier

Anna McColm

This group will infuse some new energy and direction into the Club. Feedback from club members indicates that people would like more interactive educational activities (workshops, classes, small field trips etc.) and maybe a schedule of educational opportunities ahead of time so that people can plan to attend.

The Victoria Camera Club has an external speaker every month and are willing to share their list of speakers so we can participate, at a cost of $5 a person. The club has funds to cover this at the moment. This would require using the  Zoom format (which has worked so well during this Pandemic).

Club meetings will resume in October, giving this new group time to work out their ideas for new directions.

Some people are cautious about in person meetings (because of health issues) and others are ready and able to jump back in. Maybe in person meetings and Zoom meetings can co-exist. Something to talk about.

Maureen has offered to look into a monthly newsletter with, possibly, more coverage than the website offers such as emails, using facebook etc.

Avril would like to see an improved use of the website: more posts, more comments, more helpful critiquing. We might need a refresher course to remind us how to give constructive feedback.

Doug has a show about Covid in September at the library -  in the Community Program Room. He will give a talk on September 7th at Noon. This will be previously unseen material, not the triptychs we have seen on the website.

Photosynthesis has a virtual show coming up, starting on August 31st. Some club members also belong to this photography group.

There is no theme yet for the photography challenge in October but when that is decided it will be communicated to everyone.


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