Week Ten: Passion Portfolio (Finale)
Week Nine: Forever Young
Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. ~unknown
Week Eight: The Ripple Effect
The happiest future for the Indian race is absorption into the general population, and this is the object of the policy of our government. The great forces of intermarriage and education will finally overcome the lingering traces of native custom and tradition.
~Duncan Campbell Scott, Deputy Superintendent of the Department of Indian Affairs, on the purpose of Residential Schools in Canada’s Indian Act.
Week Seven: Exposure Self
"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do." — Eleanor Roosevelt
Week Six: Sell Me a Story
“You can't judge a book by it's cover but you can sure sell a bunch of books if you have a good one.” ― Jayce O'Neal
Week Five: Black & White
Week Four: Scratching the Surface
Mugatu: "Let's get back to the reason that we're really here. Without much further ado, I give you the Derek Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can't Read Good."
Week Three: Keep it Simple, Shooters!
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”
Week Two: Recreate a Renee Robyn
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” ~Oscar Wilde
Week One: Spectrum
GUEST JUDGE: Two Mann Studios
Match Brief: Portfolio Submission
Canadians interested in competing for Season Two were asked to submit a Portfolio of 5 images: a person, a place, and a thing, plus any two images that showcased what they loved to shoot. Hopefuls from coast to coast then anxiously awaited the results to see who made it through - you can see who's hitting The Shooting Range in January 2022 by visiting the Shooters page.
How were Qualifying Challengers picked?
TSR received an incredible variety of work - there was not a single genre or style not represented in the submissions - and as with the weekly Match Briefs, the Portfolios were stripped of identifiable factors to ensure the Selection Committee was blind and made decisions based solely on the images contained in the portfolio submitted. Images were reviewed using similar criteria to Official Match Brief Scoring, taking into consideration Hit Factor (how well the images fit the brief), Power Factor (how well the images were executed), and Ranking (based on overall impression.)
Across the board the Selection Committee noted things that made some portfolios hit the target and others just miss the mark. High scores and ranks were given to those that demonstrated an excellent eye for composition, capture, or colour, while those who failed to remove watermarks, submitted images that were of an inadequate file size (minimum of 3000px long edge was requested), or had things like inaccurate focal points or camera shake present were given lower scores and ranks.
TSR Admin did not feel it was fair to include portfolios whose demonstrated proficiencies were unlikely to make it past the first round of elimination, so any portfolios that received below a minimum threshold of averaged scores were removed. The 6 highest-scoring portfolios were granted Qualifying Challenger status while the remaining portfolios were reviewed and discussed until consensus was obtained. In the end, portfolios that demonstrated the widest variety of subject matter tended to be selected over those with too many similar/same images.
Individuals whose portfolios were selected for the Top Twelve were contacted and given the opportunity to accept or decline the Challenge, with Alternates contacted only when/if others were unable to accept. Once there were 12 individuals who had accepted the invitation to be a Challenger, all others were notified. Comments made by the Selection Committee were summarized and sent to the individuals whose Portfolios were not selected, along with an invitation to take on the Match Briefs and watch the critiques for Season Two.
This is because being a Qualifying Challenger doesn't mean Shooters anywhere and everywhere can't and shouldn't benefit from pushing their boundaries, honing their skills, and finding their voices as a visual artists. TSR invites everyone to get the Match Briefs right here each Thursday starting in January. Do the Challenges, watch the Zoom sessions each Thursday on YouTube, and share what you've created by posting in our Facebook Group or tagging us on our Social Media platforms. And next year, when it's time to submit a portfolio, you'll already be ahead of the game... ;)
Three easy tips for anyone submitting images to a photography competition of any kind:
1) Squint and Flip. Squint just enough that the image is too blurry to see detail. When it comes to checking overall composition, this is a very handy tool as it will let you know right away where your eye is being led - to or away from your subject. It's also a good way to see if your horizons are straight and if something too bright, dark, or over-saturated. Another way to see where the eye is going to land, turn your image upside down to check if the first thing that catches your eye is your intended subject.