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06-12-2012, 02:39 PM
Just wondering, once an image is judged 'worthy of merit' it advances on to be judged for Loan. My question is, are ALL images judged together (and I know digital is in another room than prints) for loan or are they judged within their category? Open Loan, EI/Artist Loan, Commercial Loan? In other words, when the image comes up for loan do they judges know it was merited in the EI category or the Open category?

06-12-2012, 07:36 PM
Yes. The EI Loan collection is judged after completion of the EI Merit judging by judges who are EI Qualified in the EI judging room. Commercial Loan is handled the same way, it is judged by the commercial judged after completion of the Commercial Merit (commercial may change next year since they just announced that commercial will now be grouped in with PO). PO is the largest group, and the judges know that it was a PO image.

06-13-2012, 10:59 PM
Thanks Rick! PO and Commercial together?!?!?! That doesn't seem right. But then there isn't a Master Commercial Photographer medallion. <sigh>

06-13-2012, 11:18 PM
Well. the Merits in the Commercial classification apply towards the Master of Photography Degree, so it makes sense.

06-17-2012, 01:11 PM
Judging for loan is choosing images that are the best of the best... Category really doesn't effect the "WOW" factor. It can be a simple styled commercial image done amazingly, an extremely funny expression that moves the panel(while the 12 elements are intact), a beautiful classic portrait...

06-18-2012, 06:20 PM
Just to clarify...yes images are judged within category. PO (Photographic Open) has three classifications, Portrait, Illustrative and Album. Commercial images are part of PO/Illustrative. The Album classification has Event and Non-Event.

The EI category no longer exists. It is now Master Artist (MA).

There are two competitions: Photographic Open and Master Artist. You can enter four images in each. The PO merits count towards the Master of Photography Degree and MA merits towards the Master Artist Degree.

When you enter and choose PO/Illustrative/Commercial, your image will be judged with all PO/Illustrative images. In this case, commercial is not segmented out. It is only used for GIA (Grand Image Awards) judging that is done later from loan images.

So, when images are judged, this is the way it goes (not necessarily in this order):

PO/Album - Event
PO/Album - Non Event

There would be panels for both print and digital. Once an image is accepted, (either on-site or via seal) the image goes to a loan panel with the same breakdowns.

I hope this helps.


Just as a word of caution, be sure you know what you are doing when you enter the MA category. It's a whole different world.