As photography was allowed at the show, pictures of the winning exhibits are already out there on this interweb thingie. So for this article we thought we would take the time to explain our system of judging as well as posting the official show winners images.
I think we’d all agree that judging at a bonsai show is always a fraught experience. In the past, judging was often left to one or two people and of course the issue of subjectivity raised its head on many occasions.
For the Spirit of Shohin event, in the pursuit of a much fairer and more transparent method of judging, a panel approach was adopted to the judging process. Under this system, individual judges nominated their top three tree/display in each of the categories. They did not even have to rank these – i.e. there was no first, second and third “placing” of…
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