Welcome to PhotoJudge!

Let us Introduce PhotoJudge to you!

PhotoJudge is an application that provides a complete web-based solution to manage photo competitions. Although designed with the typical Camera Club in mind, it uses a universal approach that allows any organisation to launch and manage web-based image competitions. PhotoJudge comes with the following features:

  • A database containing all members, judges, administrators and external contributors that are not members of the club. Details can be uploaded from a csv-file created in Excel.
  • Competitions that can be created, edited, judged and presented. PhotoJudge covers their entire life-cycle. Members and, if allowed, external contributors can upload their images to open competitions.
  • Online registration.
  • Offline judging by individual judges from their desktops or live judging where a member (usually a volunteer) enters their scores and comments.
  • Presentation of completed competitions online.
  • Member-Galleries.
  • Image searches by keywords.
  • Members can like other members' images that were entered in a competition.

PhotoJudge is a low-cost alternative and is completely free of 3rd party advertising. It was written in PHP and mySQL (both are Open Source) which helps to keep costs low for enhancements or club-specific customisations. PHP is server-based, secure and used in about 25 million domains. To ensure maximum integrity, stability and robustness across platforms, Javascript has been kept to a minimum. The application has been tested in major browsers and appears to work best in IE11, but also on Firefox, Opera, Chrome on the Windows side and Safari IOS 9+ for Apple devices.

How to try it out for my club?

Contact us and we will provide an administrator ID and password. We will also clean up the database so you can start with a blank one. Then you can sign in and test-drive a subdomain in photojudge.net for a limited period. As administrator, you can load your members, judges and further administrators from an Excel spreadsheet, set up competitions and assign judges to them. Members then can log-in and have their passwords emailed to them. Once they have done that, they can upload their images for selected competitions and/or into their galleries.

When ready, judges can sign in to judge the entries of a competition, or it can be done in live mode where all judges are assembled and a member (usually a volunteer) enters their scores and comments into the database. Once the winners are announced, the competition is frozen and can be viewed online. The cycle has completed.

Hosting and Responsibilities

PhotoJudge can be hosted

  • at the client's own website. All web-pages, subfolders and empty mySQL-tables will be delivered to the client who is responsible to set them up on their website. A one-time license-fee applies and an agreement has to be signed that the client will not re-sell PhotoJudge.
  • at the vendor's service provider (currently easyhosting.com) in its own domain. Charges for the domain will be billed directly by easyhosting.com. The difference to the first option is that Famtech can set up the website so it will be "ready to use". The same one-time fee plus a moderate one-time setup fee are applicable.
  • support contracts are available on an annual basis if the site is hosted at the vendor's service provider, but are limited to application-technical support in addition to the provider's support.

What is currently displayed?

What you currently see on this website is a test-club that has been set up with a handful of members, contributors, judges and image-competitions, some judged, some not. None of the names of persons in the database are real people. Every effort has been made not to show recognisable people in the images on display. Some titles and comments appear senseless and were just entered to test special characters, as the application supports UTF-8 characters, which includes special French, German, Scandinavian and Eastern European characters.

The banner on top of every page and the content of this page (index.php) will be customised for each club that acquires PhotoJudge. Further customisations are possible but will have to be analysed and discussed case by case.

What can be seen and done by who?

The current setup allows:

  • anyone can search for images, and view completed competitions and member-galleries.
  • anyone can register as contributor.
  • anyone logged in as member or contributor can submit images for open competitions that are not restricted to members.
  • anyone logged in can like images of other members or contributors.
  • anyone logged in can view, transfer or remove their own uploaded images as long as the competition has not been closed for judging or presentation.
  • members only can submit images for open competitions restricted to members.
  • members only can set up galleries.
  • judges only can judge entries in competitions they have been assigned to judge.
  • administrators only can upload members, create and close competitions, assign judges to them and view, transfer or remove all competition entries. On the other hand, judges and administrators cannot participate in competitions. If they are members at the same time, two profiles can be set up for them, one as a member and one for their special function.

This setup can be customised to particular requirements, but again will have to be analysed and discussed case by case. An email address is always required as it is key for all persons that are set up in PhotoJudge. It has to be provided and be unique. Refer to the Admin page for further details.

For further information or questions, please contact the vendor at info@photojudge.net or by phone at 416-801-3136.