Judging Criteria

Are the objects in the photo arranged in a meaningful, pleasing manner or are they “haphazard”? Did the photographer use Rule of Thirds to get the best angle or otherwise interesting perspective?

Technical Quality
Is the photograph in focus? If not, does it appear to be an intentional effect to enhance the image in some “artistic” way? Watch for proper exposure, shutter speed, white balance, and depth of field.

Relevancy to Category Topic
Is the photo an obvious illustration of the category in which it is entered? Is the category chosen appropriate for the image’s artistic treatment?

Did the photographer pay thoughtful attention to proper lighting of the subject matter? Do any extremes of darkness or brightness lend to or detract from the image content?

Creativity/Artistic Merit/Originality
Do all the elements come together with the photographer showing some creative thought or original idea in the making of this image? Was the subject matter selected pictured in a unique way or was something common shown from a non-traditional point-of-view?