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In The Minds of Contest Judges

Updated on May 3, 2011

Contest Judges will know your:

  1. ability - how you rate on their standards
  2. knowledge - how broad your understanding about the subject is
  3. creativity - how you compose your thoughts to make it interesting for them

If you have what it takes to know what they're thinking, you can easily get their admiration. You can be one of their favorites and they'll expect more from you once you've already made a good impression for them.

There are no difficult topics when you are adoptable and resilient with the topics being laid out. Reading a lot of topics can be helpful once you enter a competition, like:

  • extemporaneous speech - that you must develop under a very limited time, let's say 3 to 5 minutes.
  • poster making - where you can interpret the topic according to your own understanding in a limited time, too!
  • quiz bee - that can truly test how wide your vocabulary and knowledge about certain things.
  • essay writing - where you can expound a simple or general topic into something spectacular and interesting subject.

If you have the guts and all the confidence in the world, you can enter such contests while your in school or even out of the academe.

There are lots of opportunities online that will require mostly your literary expertise. HubPages is one of them. From time to time, the HP staff always encourage hubbers to participate and contribute a more original and creative hubs that will not only promote the site but will attract more readers worldwide.

One of the judges (Photo by Travel Man-extreme left)
One of the judges (Photo by Travel Man-extreme left)

Judging metaphors

Judging a contest is both good and bad news to me. Good because it can be exciting but bad because it's tedious. I've been invited to judge various contests, ranging from school contests and our town's beauty pageant. It's draining the gray matter of my brain.

You'll meet your fellow judges and you'll compare yourself (silently) with them while the emcee read all your resumes. I asked myself (silently, again!): "What am I doing here?"

Well, to appease the organizers, I always replied positively to their invitation because it will be an added experience to me even it can worsen my migraine. It will be an insult to decline such invite which can enrich my knowledge on things that I didn't explore yet.

How this hubber acted as a judge

My college years were concentrated not only in studies but also radio works and community participation. The latter played a lot during the said period in the life of this hubber.

As a judge:

  1. Judging the works of high school students in journalism  refreshed my mind when I also  experienced such contest.
  2. Literary and musical contests delved on speeches (extemporaneous, oration and elocution) plus those songs (vocal solo, vocal duet) and dances (folk and modern) that tested the well-rounded personality of this hubber.
  3. Beauty contest is usually dubbed as "money contest" due to the financial demand that a contestant will spend on gowns and accessories, etc. Eyes will feast on the physical attributes of the contestants but once the Q&A comes, your admiration will depreciate as each contender voices out their opinion.
  4. Poster contests can be tricky. The play of colors, the balance and the interpretation of each artist can sometime fool a judge. You must really have a knowledge in the art in order to avoid such inconvenience.
  5. Online judging is upon the invitation of this hubber's friends. Let's say a photo contest on Facebook; you will just like the site or the photo, then your name will register on the user's account. You cannot fool them if you really participated.

Still undecided who's gonna win the contest (Photo by Travel Man)
Still undecided who's gonna win the contest (Photo by Travel Man)

Why judges are very important in many contests

Aside from the literary, musical, beauty contests we frequently see, there are lots of activities that most people can be occupied with and at the same time earn accolades as well. To mention a few here:

  • sports and fitness competition -bodybuilding and fitness sports both for male and female
  • cooking contest - one of the most viewed competition on television
  • reality contest - ever been to a Big Brother's house, or lose your weight at Big Loser? (Our province, Camarines Sur, is now a favorite location site of the foreign versions of Survivor series. The exact location is the Caramoan peninsula with famous white sand Gota beach.)

Without the help of these judges, the organizer will be having a hard time declaring a winner.

Bodybuilding Judging Criteria / Rules c/o BrianCannone


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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @thesailor: You bet, it is! Keep guessing...LOL!!!

    • thesailor profile image


      7 years ago from Seven Seas

      It's too difficult to judge! Sighs, who's the winner anyway?

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      You're welcome, Cogerson. Sharing is much fun here at HP! And others are learning from us, too!

    • Cogerson profile image


      7 years ago from Virginia

      Nice hub from a different way to look at things..voted up....thanks for sharing this informative and interesting hub

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Pamela99: Howdy, Ms. Pam! It's difficult that sometimes in the middle of the contest, I feel like backing out.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Alastar Packer:Being tough is what required of being a judge. Thanks for being here and for liking my personal photos I've used.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @fucsia:Yes, you said it right. Only the biases of the judges will prevail as the results of the contest, whatever it is.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Romano Arnesto: You're right. Everyone are talented nowadays.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @earthbound: Thanks! Yeah, it can worsen your migraine but it's worth the long hours of being one of the judges. You'll learn something new in life.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I also think judging is a very difficult job and I enjoyed your hub.

    • Alastar Packer profile image

      Alastar Packer 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Yes, judging can be difficult. A judge has to make tough choices sometimes, they do their best. Liked the Pics Too.

    • fucsia profile image


      7 years ago

      It is very hard judge, often a thing or a person is not better than other one, but simply different.

    • Romano Arnesto profile image

      Romano Arnesto 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      It's hard to judge during contests. Children, teeners, and young adults, nowadays, are full of talents.

    • earthbound1974 profile image


      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      It's hard to be a judge. Each contestant's goal is to win, but because of them, they must choose only one winner and the rest, losers. That's sad, although, the emcee will usually say, "you are all winners because you've already reached this far."


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