Judging Guide

We appreciate that everyone is busy and online judging can become a burden due to the required scoring completion deadlines competing with other pressing matters you may have to attend to.

During the design of this scoring platform for IFPA, we have eliminated the need for separate detailed scoring criteria for Round 1 and Round 2 as published in the rules. To speed up the process and for simplified judging purposes, we combined them into a single list to collect your scores along with any comments in Round 1. We endeavored to provide you with all the information so that you can make an informed judgment during Round 1

Photojournalism entries are judged singularly and in the context of the entire essay using the following criteria:

THE COMBINED SCORE TABLES NOW INCLUDE ROUND 1 & ROUND 2 CRITERIA – CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING WHEN SCORING

News Value
Information
Subject Impact
Consistency
Visual Storytelling
Relevance

Human Interest
Originality
Emotion
Photographic Quality
Essay Description and Captions

Generally the ratings you apply to the score boxes should range from 1-9 and the score of 10 in the first 5 criteria should be set reserved for what you consider exceptional.

After all the scores for round one are submitted by each of the jury members, those scores will be combined and averaged to create a leaderboard for Round 2. Round 2 will automatically open after the completion of judgments in Round 1.

 

ROUND 2 RATING

You will receive an email to advise you when Round 2 is open for scoring. At such time the round is open, you will see the leaderboard of the top 20 essays, generated from the Round 1 combined average scores.

We have again tried to simplify this scoring round for you and adopted a star rating system. Rating will allow 1-10 in half-point increments by sliding your mouse pointer across the stars located below essays.

A feature to compare two essays side by side was developed allowing you to select two essays from the leaderboard and open both for a side-by-side comparison. Captions will be visible below each essay according to the image from the essay you are viewing.  Also, a popup box link is available in case you wish to refer back to the essay description.

After you select the rating for each essay, you can save that rating. Each essay rating can be saved separately or both at the same time. Saving a rating for just one of the two compared essays will allow the unsaved essay to remain in your leaderboard in case you wish to compare it side-by-side with another essay.