Remote Judging is possible through

You can have one or all judges, Jury Chair and Scorekeeper in multiple locations as long as all have internet connections and the correct equipment.

Everyone needs a computer, monitor, microphone and speakers (or telephone). Judges also need a smartphone. Judges will need to calibrate their own monitors.

The JC app, Scorekeeper app, Judges Keypad app and the new Remote Judging app can be found at

There are 3 options for how judges see images

1) Use our Remote Judging App - RECOMMENDED

  • PRO - No Lightroom setup by the judges. Our app in a browser does it all
  • PRO - The images will not be seen by the judges accidently.
  • PRO - Images will advance automatically upon action of the Scorekeeper.
  • CON - There are limitations
    • Most of the time image quality will be fine. We’ve seen a color shift on the Firefox browser. Based on tests we recommend the Safari or Chrome browser for better color presentation.
    • There is an image preloading time when the app starts. The length of time depends entirely on the judges’ internet connection. When 5 images have been preloaded the judging can begin and preloading continues in the background.
    • Judges will need to be given instructions on how to put the browser in fullscreen mode.
  • NEW 5/9/2020 - We have revampted the remote judging app to greatly imporve the time for an image to pop on screen with Chrome or Safari.
  • NEW 6/20/2020 - We can now do alubms. When an album is judged, page buttons will appear. Judges will click the page numbers at their own pace to show each spread.

2) Use Lightroom

  • PRO - Greater confidence of image quality
  • PRO - Fast display of image to support the impact element
  • PRO - Albums can be included
  • CON - Judge must set up their on environment (this takes time)
    • Massive file to download (250mb to 1500mb depending on the size of the event.)
    • Expand the ZIP file
    • Import into a new Lightroom catalog.
    • Sort by file name.
    • Set up secondary display
    • Set main screen to Library-Grid mode, Secondary to Loupe mode
    • Turnoff metadata on secondary screen.
    • Learn how to advance images with the arrow keys.
    • Do all this blindfolded so they do not accidentally see the images in advance.
  • NEW 4/1/2020 - Texas Professional Photographers created a Lightroom catalog for the judges and posted it on Dropbox. They had other inventions as well. A more detailed script is forthcoming from them.

3) Screen share system like Zoom or GoToMeeting

  • NEW - 4/3/2020 Tennessee Professional Photographers tried this system using ZOOM with good results.
  • PRO - Very Simple setup
  • PRO - You are already logging into one of these systems for communication so it's easy to get started.
  • PRO - Fast display of image to support the impact element
  • PRO - Albums can be included
  • PRO - No Lightroom Setup by the judges.
  • PRO - The images will not be seen by the judges accidently.
  • PRO - Images will advance automatically upon action of the Lightroom operator.
  • CON - Images may be compressed into a low resolution movie. If so quality will suffer. Quality may be lower for judges with slower internet connection. Quality would be lower for everyone of the person Running Lightroom has a slow internet connection
  • CON - The meeting system will have some software artifacts on screen. Toolbars and such can be minimized but not removed. These items may cause judge distraction at the beginning until they are used to it and block it out of mind.

Communication during the event is imperative.

You can use any conference system. Zoom,, GoToMeeting are some that have been used. Facebook live will not work for the judges since the stream is always 15 to 60 seconds behind live activities.
  • Set meeting options to mute all attendees, then unmute the judges, JC and Scorekeeper
  • Record the event and upload the audio file to
  • Do not use the screenshare feature until you are ready for judges to select award winners. Then you share one Lightroom session to all judges. Quality is less important at this step. You will need to force-off the audience from the call.
  • Those who speak may need to should use earbuds or head phones to prevent feedback
  • Keep mic close to mouth to eliminate room noise and echo.
  • Judges, please mute yourself before bio-breaks. You would be surprised what the mic can pick up. (Yes, there are several reasons I had to add this reminder)
  • Put the link to your meeting in the Steaming Link box at admin parameters screen so anyone can listen in through GameDay.
  • If you rent our box of equipment I will set this up.