Georgian Digital Photography and Imaging staff and students participate in annual photography competition
May 18, 2017

Without a Question by Jessica Rosati.

Georgian College had a big presence at the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) Annual Image Salon competition this year.

Terry Hrynyk, Co-ordinator, Digital Photography and Imaging was asked to judge in the juried exhibition.

“It’s a great honour for me and important for our students to see faculty involved in our industry,” says Terry.

He adds that the working professionals in the country look forward to competing with the best and practising their excellence at this event.

“There is also a student component and I involve our students every year,” says Terry. “We have won many awards over the years.”

Seven second-year students from Georgian’s Digital Photography and Imaging program submitted entries this year.

“Four of our students, Jessica Rosati, Isaac Young, Sarah Tennant and Ashley Oake had images chosen for the show,” says Terry.

Twelve judges are required for the competition that takes place over several days in February. The event features more than 800 images and the judging is livestreamed so competitors can hear all comments and feedback.

“Often judges may have different opinions on whether a particular image should receive an award, or how high it should be placed in the award category, so it’s beneficial for our students to hear an objective, unbiased critique about their work,” he says.

If a judge is familiar with the photographer, they recuse themselves from commenting on that particular image.

Judges determine if an image should be exhibited at the Annual Image Salon, which took place during the PPOC convention in early May. The chosen images are also displayed on the PPOC website and in an annual publication. Only 60 to 70 per cent of the images are chosen. Judges also determine if an image should receive an award of merit or an award of excellence.

“The judges don’t know if the entries they’re viewing are from students or working professionals, so when a student does well, it’s a great honour,” says Terry.

There are over 21 different classifications including press, fashion, portrait, and editorial. Judges look at a number of elements including composition, impact, storytelling, technique and creativity.