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OCPA asks that judges of OCPA competitions observe the following eight guidelines:
- Use the 9-point scoring system described below.
- Be consistent: do not change your scoring in the middle of a session.
- Set aside your personal biases on subject and style.
- Do not indiscriminately apply the "Rules of Composition."
- Do not give a disproportionate number of high and low scores.
- Take lint, dirt, and fungus into account if significant.
- Take scratches into account.
- If you see an image that looks like it was computer generated or manipulated, score it normally: this is okay in OCPA competitions.
All OCPA competitions will be judged on a 1-9 scale. Please use the following guidelines for giving each score:
- Slide should be disqualified.
- Serious technical defects.
- Either significant technical defects or serious content problems.
- Minor technical defects or content not well handled.
- Acceptable but not interesting.
- Reasonably solid and interesting. Generally the average score.
- Very strong. Rewards contemplation.
- Exceptional. Unique and worthy of special recognition.
- A medal winner, among the best you have seen. Rarely awarded.