Judges and Lecturers


Covid-19 Updates

Due to the Covid-19 situation, any Club meetings currently taking place are happening via Zoom and sadly this now appears to be the prospect for many months to come. It seems likely that meetings in clubrooms will not go ahead before spring 2021 at the earliest, so although it pains me to say it, meetings will only be via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Being positive, this will mean opening up to new speakers from much further afield. 

I hope, shortly, to update the YPU lists to indicate those Judges & Lecturers willing to operate remotely.

Meanwhile….. Further lists of judges & lecturers willing to operate remotely can be found on the newly created ZOOM Register https://zoom.clubsoftware.org, in the PAGB e-News & also on the “UK Club Photography” Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/UKPhotography and of course you can still directly approach those listed in the PAGB handbook.


Introduction

The aim of this page is to provide club syllabus secretaries and competition secretaries with all that they will need to book judges and lecturers and give feedback on their performance. Please remember that all judges and lecturers are volunteers. YPU has some 49 Judges & 35 Lecturers, whose subject matter is varied and many lecturers have several presentations.


Booking and hosting a Judge

During the currency of the PAGB handbook up to date revised lists of judges are sent to Club Secretaries and Club Competition Secretaries. It is usually best to make the first inquiry by telephone to ensure the requirements and format of what you propose are acceptable to the invitee. A mutually acceptable date can quickly be agreed by telephone or email and then followed up with the completed booking form. As a result of concerns about poor communications raised by some YPU judges a new Judge Booking and Reply form has been placed on the Downloads page. The pdf version is now one which can be filled and forwarded for completing by the judge. Also in this area is a Good Practice Guide for Clubs (Judges) and a Checklist for Judges. Please read these, follow the advice therein, and use these forms to ensure a successful visit to your club.


Booking and hosting a Lecturer

During the currency of the PAGB handbook up to date revised lists of lecturers and their lectures are sent to Club Secretaries. It is usually best to make the first enquiry by telephone to ensure the requirements and format of what you propose are acceptable to the invitee. You may also want more information about a lecture or presentation than can be included in these listings. A mutually acceptable date can quickly be agreed by telephone or email and then followed up with the completed booking form. A new Lecture Booking and Reply form has been placed on the Downloads page. The PDF version is now one which can be filled and forwarded for completing by the judge. Also in this area is a Good Practice Guide for Clubs (Lectures).  Please read these, follow the advice therein, and use these forms to ensure a successful visit to your club.


Giving feedback on judges and lecturers

In order to obtain feedback on judges and lecturers there are assessment forms that can be downloaded from the Downloads page and sent to me. There are two versions of each. The Word templates can be completed and saved as either Word documents or pdfs. The pdf versions can be printed and completed by hand.  Ideally feedback should be the considered view of the club committee or group of members tasked with assembling the response before being sent in by the competition secretary. Once completed please email or mail the reports to me at the address shown on the form.

I encourage all clubs to give feedback but this is particularly important when Judges on the Supplementary List visit clubs. I rely mainly on feedback reports to assessing suitability of these newer judges to be promoted to the list published in the PAGB handbook. Unless a club specifically asks me not to, I forward all feedback I receive to the judge or lecturer concerned so that they can learn make any adjustments for future visits.


Would you like to become a YPU Judge?

The YPU is always on the lookout for keen volunteers who would like to share their knowledge by judging work at other clubs. We have run workshops in 2018 and 2019 at Carleton near Pontefract and Driffield respectively, the latter to strengthen the list for clubs in the east of the County. Those who would like to be considered for future workshops should contact the Judge & Lecture List Secretary  judges@ypu.org.uk so that they can be put on the waiting list for a future workshop.


Would you like to give talks to YPU clubs?

Any club member with a good photography-based talk who considers they have the presentational skills to provide an interesting evening is urged to contact the Judge & Lecture List Secretary  judges@ypu.org.uk with a view being listed as a YPU Lecturer.


PAGB Handbook

This is published every other year and a single copy is sent to each club secretary. The current 2020/21 handbook has been issued to Club Secretaries. The handbook reiterates many of the procedures for engaging judges and lecturers as covered in the documents in the Downloads Area on this page. The handbook lists all judges and lecturers accredited by other Federations. Some may be available to visit YPU clubs from neighbouring counties. It also gives details of the Recorded Lectures available for hire to clubs.

Sally Sallett ARPS CPAGB AFIAP BPE3 – November 2020