Managing Large Competitions
If you have a competition with hundreds or thousands of entries, you will find it much
easier to break up the process of judging into smaller image groups and share
the judging task with a larger group of judges.
If you are creating a competition that will be open to the public and not just
to your members, you should create a separate website for this purpose.
Your special website would be configured to automatically grant membership to
any user that desires an account. This is configured on the
Manage Organization Profile page.
In order for people to upload images, they must have a Visual Pursuits account.
This account will link the person to their image submissions. If a person already
has an account with any other Visual Pursuits organization, that same account must
be used with all other organizations, including your special competition site.
A special subscription is required for your public competition website. The subscription
is based on the number of images instead of membership. The practical way to judge is
using the website judging feature, which requires a premium subscription.
You might need a 2000 or 3000 images/year subscription. Look for the image counts on our
If all of your image submissions will come from other organizations, you can
choose to use an existing organization to host the competition. The submitting
organizations are called "member organizations". The parent organization holding the
competition is usually a council or regional group.
Image submissions usually come from competition held by member organizations,
not directly from the members in those
organizations. Each member organization holds a competition to collect and accept images.
A Competition Manager in each member organization selects images from that
competition to submit to the
parent competition. Please see the video on
"Submitting Images to a Parent Organization from Competitions".
There is also an option on a competition to invite other organizations to submit
images into your competition. The submissions may be made by individual members or from
competition hosted by the guest organization. These organizations are called
It is also possible to receive submissions from member or guest organizations that
do not have a normal Visual Pursuits subscription. Please see the video on
"Submit Images to a Parent Organization using a Free Account".
Organizing Your Competition
You should use the normal Competition Groups structure to hold your competitions.
Use a group for each year. If you have multiple competition dates within a year,
create a subgroup for each competition date or month.
You will probably have multiple competitions on your competition date for
different categories of images, such as "Open", "Nature", "Travel", etc.
Create a separate subgroup for each of your competitions, since each competition
will need to consist of multiple competitions during the judging process.
Each of your competitions will be handled the same way. Images are all submitted
by the public to each of your public competitions.
When a competition is closed, the images
are allocated to multiple "acceptance competitions" that are hidden from the public.
One or more judges can be assigned to each of the "acceptance competitions".
Judges select images "accepted" into the final judging round.
The "accepted" images are usually judged by a panel and awards are granted.
Note that the judges that are selecting images for the final judging round do
not need to be the same judges that judge the final judging round.
You should spread the task of judging to avoid fatigue. Scores assigned in the
acceptance process do not need to be passed to the final judging round.
If you have a truly huge judging task, you can obviously create tiers in the
Splitting a Competition Into Sub-Competitions
Once your competition is closed to new entries you can begin the judging process.
The first task is to move the competition entries into several "acceptance competitions"
for the initial judging pass. You want to break the competition into nearly equal parts
with each part having a manageable number of images to judge.
Splitting the competition into pieces requires the use of the "Split" button
on the competition, accessed via one of the
Manage Competition pages. The "Split" button only appears in competitions
with more than 100 entries that are closed, have not been judged,
and are not open for voting.
The Split action will report the number of images in the entire competition
and ask how many "acceptance competitions" should be created. The new competitions
will be created with nearly identical characteristics of the original competition.
Images will be moved from the original competition into the "acceptance competitions".
The new competitions will have the Award Set "*Acceptance Only" assigned,
allowing only the one award for the images. This system define Award Set does not
place a limit on the number of awards to grant. You would need to create a
custom Award Set to automatically limit the awards and assign that set to each
"acceptance competition" instead of the default.
Important: You must not alter the Competition Titles of the split out
competitions or move them into another group.
The titles and group are used to assist in merging the images back into
the original competition.
You will then need to assign judges to each of the "acceptance competitions"
in the usual manner. Use the Judges button for each of the competitions.
Judging the Acceptance Competitions
The acceptance competitions should be judged in a manner similar to any
other competition. The judge should assign scores to images as the images are
reviewed in full screen mode. The thumbnails should be sorted by score
and Acceptance awards should be granted to the highest scoring images.
Assigning awards to a large number of images via the website can be a bit slow.
Using the Image Competition Manager (ICM) program would be faster, but that would
require making the judges Competition Managers, a practice that is not recommended.
If an acceptance competition is assigned to multiple judges, all of the judges
must complete their scoring and ranking before awards can be assigned.
Awards can be assigned by a judge or a Competition Manager.
Final Judging Round
To complete the final judging round you need to submit the images with Acceptance awards
back to the original competition for final judging.
Use the "Collect" button on the original competition to move the accepted
images back into the original competition.
Once the images are in the competition for your final judging, this competition
can have several judges assigned and the judging process can be performed
in a normal manner. The goal is to have a manageable number of images in this