The Real Estate Photographer of the Month competition will now be judged by a jury panel, after social media promotion by entrants prompted questions over the validity of open voting.
The competition, run by the PFRE blog, has always been considered a peer-judged contest, since most of those visiting the site and commenting on their favourite entries were workers within the property photography industry.
However, after a run of votes from newly registered users on a recent entry, it emerged that some entrants were using social media to promote their entries and encourage others to vote for them in the open format.
Property Photography Title Should Represent “Peer Recognition”
While this behaviour was permissible under the original rules, many in the property photography community felt that it had the potential to devalue the title of Real Estate Photographer of the Month, since the title was considered to be a sign of peer recognition.
As a result contest organisers have decided to change the judging format and will now entrust the decision on each month’s winner to a panel of property photography professionals, including 2011 Real Estate Photographer of the Year Dave Rezendez and interior photography expert Scott Hargis.
Panel of Experienced Real Estate and Architectural Photographers
A spokesman for the competition said: “The winner is now decided by a panel of jurors…who are experienced real estate and architectural photographers.
He added that the changes were implanted: “To make sure the quality is kept to a high consistent standard.”