2014 is here. It's time to up the ante and challenge our members further. The quest for the best is on.
The Photographer Of The Year competition.
It's a year-long competition designed to reward participative members and determine who did best in terms of contests and activities. The best Focus member will have the distinction of being Focus Bulacan's first-ever Photographer Of The Year. Along with the honor is a trophy and a photography item as prizes.
PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THE DETAILS.
Points/Scoring System - Ways how to accumulate points for POTY competition :
+ 7 points - 2nd Place
+ 5 points - 3rd Place
+ 3 points - 4th Place
+ 2 points - 5th Place
(No additional points for 6th place onwards)
Focus Bulacan has overseas-based members. Obviously they will not be able to attend PhotoMeets and accumulate points for contests based on those. To give them consideration and a chance to somehow compensate for their situation, they will be given special points for the following:
Answers To Possible Questions :
Q: I'm not yet a member, but I'd like to join POTY. How can I do this?
A: As such, only official Focus members can join POTY, meaning their performance in contests and activities will be tracked and recorded. You may join our contests as an applicant, and if you fulfill our membership requirements by July (and become an official member by then), your performance from January to June will be reviewed and carried over to the official scoring for POTY. In short, if you're not a member now, you may still join POTY by becoming a member by July, your points before July will be carried over.
Q : How do I become a member in the first place?
A : PLEASE READ : http://www.focusbulacan.com/membership-application.html then http://www.focusbulacan.com/focus-bulacan-rules--by-laws.html
Q : Why do you always have contests? Doesn't it affect your group when members are competitive?
A : We'd like to think we have members who are mature enough to properly handle competition. We're no longer kids who are fighting over candy. Our contests are always based on merit and conducted with proper procedures and order. And finally, by being competitive, by challenging ourselves, we get better. THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART.
Q : What are the prizes? Why can't you announce it now?
A : We can definitely announce right now that the POTY winner will get a nice shiny trophy. What we can't announce yet is the photography item that comes with the trophy. We're still choosing among many options. We don't like to settle this early.
Q : I don't fare well in contests, but I have the passion to join. Help.
A : Try and try until you succeed. For every contest there is only one ultimate winner and a bunch of losers. You're in the same boat with a lot of participants. Time will come that you reap the benefits of your passion. Success in contests usually follows that. If you quit or stop, then you don't improve your situation at all.
Q : I don't like to get cheated. How can you assure me that doesn't happen?
A : The worst thing that could happen is scores getting overlooked and not recorded, but that hasn't happened so far. If you're thinking of cheating in terms of favoring another participant over another, let us assure you that that will never happen. The scores and records will be made available to scrutiny once the POTY competition ends, and if a case warrants that the wrong winner was determined, we reserve the right to correct the announcement. In other words, CHILL.
Q : I'm based in Antarctica, how come I could only get a maximum of 6 points to compensate for missing PhotoMeet contests?
A : We decided to give overseas-based members a way to SOMEHOW recover their losses because of their physical absence. Somehow, not totally. It would put our members who will attend PhotoMeets and go through the rigors of contest-voting at a disadvantage if it's that easy for overseas members to accumulate points. We hope you understand.
Q : What's the big deal about being named Photographer Of The Year?
A : Nothing really. Just the shame of being the best of all photographers in a group dedicated to improvement of their craft. Small feat, if at all.
Now that you've read the details... we hereby officially declare the competition open.
GAME ON!!! Good luck to everyone!
( For further questions, clarification, comments, or suggestion, please state in the Facebook comment box below.)
Competition is fun
At Focus Bulacan, we strive to improve every member's photography skills. One way to do this is to constantly challenge each other with photo contests. All competition is posted here, for voting and for announcement of results. Good luck!