Catania Show 2007
judging - by CostasFinally the time for “work” had come! And here, comes a difference that this Show has in comparison with many others. Every afternoon for 2 hours the Show was closed for lunch, and a bit of rest for the members of the club. This gave the opportunity to the judging team, to check all the displays, in total relax, without annoying visitors, by taking pieces to examine, off the displays, without mixing in the crowd and having the risk of an accident or a damage to any piece. And of course without having the time pressure to end the judging because people is after you to see and shoot the pieces. As this was a “closed doors” operation, the club had organized an internal lunch break with nice panninis (local sandwiches) fries, refreshements and other goodies, and of course coffee and traditional Sicialian dessert - Cannoli.
I had the luck of being in two different judging teams. First with Bill Horan and Renato Scuterini for judging Master Open and Standard Painting as Engin, Mike Blank and Fabio Nunnari judged Master Painting and Standard Open, and then with Mike Blank and Engin for Fantasy miniatures.
I was really happy to see that the standards that these modeling stars, like Bill and Mike are judging a miniature are no different than the ones I judged my self.
And this proved after checking the individual scores each gave to every modeler, seeing that in most occasions we had given the exact same score or even with one point difference.
In order not to be unfair to any modeler we decide to do the work almost two times. One to check each display carefully and see if it was for the modeler’s favor to score his total display or the best miniature in it if there was one that was really in higher level. After finishing this, we all came back one by one individually to give scores at the displays or the single figures.
The level was really good, and it was a pleasure to see and score well painted and sculpted miniatures from Masters, Experienced and Beginner modelers. What is important is to enjoy what you do , regardless of the result of the competitions you go . I know many guys that don’t enjoy what they do but they aim only to the high rank medals, and I know many other guys that are crazy for miniatures even if they don’t win so many medals. Remember that if one had to win medals in competitions to stay in the hobby, this hobby would have been eliminated many years now!
One very important thing also is that the members of the board of the club were NOT competing, in diverse to what happens to many other competitions. It’s a little bit ..weird to be the “waiter” and the “customer” at the same moment. And by definition is causing suspicions.
The second very important issue was that, being a judge for a second year, I experienced the total isolation of the judges regarding the scores they would give to the modelers and the medals to decide. As soon as the secretary of the Club gave us the lists of models to be judged, and made a review of the scoring system, the judging group was left alone until the ending of the procedure while we gave back the scoring lists. And of course the results in the awarding ceremony were the exact ones we delivered. No one asked for anything particular, or some “favor’ or special treatment to anyone, or anything unfair. It might sound, obvious to you, that this is the way, it should always be…but I wouldn’t take an oath on that !
Here I am obliged to mark the flexibility and welcoming of the Club once again, as certain modelers due to a flight problem, came much earlier than the registration time limit, but they were accepted and entered the competition. And of course all the judges returned to the benchs to judge the newcomers miniatures.
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