As in any competition, judging is subjective with each judge bringing in their personal biases, experience and likes. Since this contest is not based solely on photographic content, this article is meant to be instructions to the judges as well as a tutorial to the participants of what the judges will be considering.
Since this will be the first judging of this type, General awards will be given, First, Second, Third, Judges Choice and Honorable Mentions up to 10% of the number of entrants. Theme or Category awards will not be given in this first contest as we do not know how many people will enter and of what themes will be sent and in what numbers. There are over 20 potential themes and no way of knowing which would fit this contest. Theme awards may be given in future contests.
The contest will be judged by 3 qualified judges. The name of the maker will be covered during the judging process. Only printed books will be accepted, no digital or PDF or Viewer type books allowed. Entrant may enter one book and must be a PSA member. Books may be any size from 5x7 to 11x14. Books may be hard or soft bound and limited to 80 pages, 40 pieces of paper with each side considered a page. There is no rule on type of paper, glossy, matte or luster. Any book received that does not meet these rules will be disqualified. While the contest is free the enter, the entrant must pay for return postage to have their book sent back after judging.
Subject matter is open and they may be true photo books, books with pictures and words that tell about a subject or text books that tell how to do something. They may also be books about family, genealogy or other similar topics.
Judges will consider the following when reviewing the books:
While these are many of the considerations of the judge there may be others. Judges will use a checklist while reviewing books and give a score.