The successful honours panels of all the January 2013 honours applications have been published.
Congratulations to all!
Comments from members of the newly elected Honours Judging panel
I feel very positive about the new judging format as this is a huge improvement on the previous system. The new electronic scoring boxes enabled us to view the scores immediately. When an image or a panel failed by one credit the image was viewed again and judges could speak out for or against the image. This system generally worked in favour of the applicant.
To the authors who were successful, congratulations on a job well done. To the unsuccessful authors here are some suggestions:
When applying for honours in monochrome ask yourself ” Does the conversion to monochrome really improve the image or is it better in colour?”
I must admit that I approached the honours judging with some trepidation as I wondered how twelve people with different personalities (and ARE they different) will work to together. I was however surprised with the synergy in the group; not because everyone has now conformed to some predetermined mould, but because there was so much common ground. Common ground as far as striving to be fair to applicants, respect for the PSSA by setting an acceptable standard, a lack of ulterior motives, and last but not least; an undeniable passion for photography!
List of successful applicants:
While browsing their panels you may notice that some include both Monochrome and Colour images which according to the latest Honours manual is not permitted. The ruling is correct and is a new one only brought in during 2012 which means that any panels already in the system did not have to abide by the new rules. The new rules were brought in because we added Monochrome as an additional medium in which Honours could be applied for.
Below, click on the author's name to view his/her panel.
LPSSA - Colour Digital
Bernard Richard (HD) (successful on 1st attempt)
Christo Schutte (successful on 1st attempt)
Marna van der Walt
Rudolph Hiemstra (successful on 1st attempt)
Tania Cholwich (successful on 1st attempt)
Treunicht du Toit
LPSSA - Mono Digital
APSSA - Audio-Visual
APSSA - Colour Digital
FPSSA - Colour Slides (this is the last time this category will be judged)
FPSSA - Colour Digital