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THE NEW GUEST EDITOR THREAD


keithh Plus
13 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
17 Sep 2015 5:41PM
The Guest Editor Thread had grown to big for the pram, so as suggested by Chris-L, here is the new one.

The Guest Editor idea began in 2009 in response to suggestions and calls from the membership for an award similar to the Editors Choice but given by a 'Guest Editor' for the week drawn from the membership.

Anyone can volunteer to be a Guest Editor (GE), regardless of age, experience or length of time as a member. All we ask is that for one week you view all the photographs uploaded to the gallery and give due consideration as to whether it gets your award. We are looking for photos that in your view are of such outstanding quality that they deserve the GE Award and feature in the Awarded Photos Gallery. It might be that the photographer has captured the perfect light on a superbly composed and exposed landscape, perhaps its a portrait that gives you an insight into the subjects personality, it might even be that although lacking in technical perfection, the image is of such importance as a piece of journalism that it deserves some recognition or maybe the photo is so innovative in its concept that in your view it should be awarded. The genres and reasons are too many to list, but as long as you can standby your decision, then that decision is yours to make.

You can view the Guest Editor Schedule by clicking here should you wish to volunteer or see who is coming up.
Remember, this is the only featured award still given by an individual and as such we shouldn't let it disappear.

We're looking for volunteers for the end of September onward. Your support is much appreciated. (as long as you volunteer).

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StrayCat Plus
13 18.5k 3 Canada
17 Sep 2015 9:21PM
Just a thought; would it be feasible to divide it into genres, or catagories? I would imagine that many of us specialise to the extent that we have a relatively narrow view of photography; I know I do. I look at lots of photographs in many genres, but I only feel comfortable commenting on a few genres in any depth.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
17 Sep 2015 9:55PM
My preferred genre for shooting is street/candid. But, when voting and my faves, I mostly choose wildlife, nature and animals. We don't seem to get much abstract work featured, unfortunately.

I don't think individual interests necessarily mean they will favour one type of image, although I do think that too many nature photos get recognition and there is a derth of other genres. But we can't dictate who votes for what. That's democracy after all.

I suppose, going back to Denny's post, what I'm saying is that I don't think we should categorise the voting.

StrayCat Plus
13 18.5k 3 Canada
17 Sep 2015 10:03PM
No, I don't mean categorise voting, this thread is about guest editors. I'm saying that I wouldn't be able to judge many categories, because I have little or no experience in them myself. Granted, a person knows what they like, but we're talking about awards for excellence here as perceived by the Guest Editor, I think there is a difference. I can say whether I like a nude, or portrait, or any studio work, but I'm near clueless when it comes to a knowledge of lighting. It wouldn't seem fair to me; I'd probably choose all birds on sticks. Tongue

Maybe I'm looking at it all wrong....again.
Paul Morgan 16 18.7k 6 England
17 Sep 2015 10:44PM
You don`t need to be an expert in any particular field to notice great photography.
StrayCat Plus
13 18.5k 3 Canada
17 Sep 2015 11:12PM
I'm not an expert at anything, including photography, but I think one needs to have a knowledge of the basics of each genre in order to call something deserving of an award for excellence, only makes sense. Like I said, I may be thinking wrongly about this. Anyway, it isn't my call, so just a thought.
Chris_L 3 3.9k United Kingdom
17 Sep 2015 11:23PM
You don't need to be an expert cook to appreciate a fab meal Denny? Similarly you can enjoy a great image of a wild animal without being an expert in the skills of wildlife photography.

I was guest editor last week, I just awarded images that I loved without thinking of anything else. It's simple, we don't need to over think this or over complicate it, it works, we just need more people to have a go.
keithh Plus
13 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
17 Sep 2015 11:47PM
The beauty of the GE Award is the idea of the GE changing each week. Therefore we get a real cross section of choices and views. Some people might indeed veer towards a certain genre and style but that doesn't matter. But I think many are surprised and pleased that they find themselves looking at and considering photographs and photographers that they perhaps would not normally give time to. This leads them to discovering new work that might inspire them to fresh ideas.

Thing is; until you try it you won't know. It is a challenge, it's a week long commitment but it can be very rewarding.
StrayCat Plus
13 18.5k 3 Canada
18 Sep 2015 6:20AM
I kind of thought I was not on the page. I thought about it this evening, and it's a good idea, of course. The problem is, having a full week free. I'm researching cameras and cars right now. Was out test driving a Honda Civic this afternoon, I liked it. Had to put Old Yeller down this morning, 1994 Camry, 396,000 kms.Sad
saltireblue Plus
7 7.0k 33 Norway
18 Sep 2015 7:11AM

Quote:The problem is, having a full week free

It's not that time-consuming. I have done GE several times now and never needed to use more than tops 1 1/2 hours per day.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
18 Sep 2015 9:21AM

Quote:I was guest editor last week, I just awarded images that I loved without thinking of anything else. It's simple, we don't need to over think this or over complicate it,


Quote:
I think many are surprised and pleased that they find themselves looking at and considering photographs and photographers that they perhaps would not normally give time to.



I've added quite a few people to my Connections by doing a GE stint, many of whom I'd never have even noticed by just quickly trawling through the thumnails in a haphazard way as is my usual MO.

sherlob Plus
11 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2015 9:48AM
Can't afford even that amount of time currently, perhaps sometime next spring...
Fefe Plus
5 23 31 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2015 10:05AM
I was sure I wouldnt have the time....but I did, I made time. I set myself some time each day, said to myself I wouldnt do my normal commenting that week so I could concentrate on the job in hand...and sometimes found my self twiddling my thumbs waiting for uploadsTongueTongue
I really enjoyed itGrin
Diane
sherlob Plus
11 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2015 10:50AM
I know what you are saying Diane, but folk need to feel confident that they can deliver on what they are committing to. Such a commitment is unwise for me at the moment - come the spring - hopefully things will be different.
Chris_L 3 3.9k United Kingdom
18 Sep 2015 11:26AM
With the amount of members we have we shouldn't struggle to find 52 a year to do GE? I've commented on a couple of photos I've awarded to encourage others to have a go.

We could try inviting people directly?

It could be done informally with a message "was looking at your PF, you've got a great eye and have made some great contributions to the site, I think you'd make a great guest editor. Can you spare a few hours one week?"

Has it been mentioned in epz newsletters before?

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