On-line PDF Exhibition Catalogue: 15.05.2023.
Sending of awards: 15.05.2023.
IMAGE AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
The exhibition is
open to anyone; however, an entry may be rejected when
the Sponsor or the Exhibition Organizers, in its reasonable discretion,
believes the entry does not conform to the exhibition rules and these
Conditions of Entry. Membership in any photographic organization is not
Entries will not be accepted from any entrant who wos put on the PSA Penalties List for Ethics Violation, Entry fees are not refundable in this circumstances.
PSA Star Ratings
receive proper Star ratings credit from PSA, entrants must provide
their names and country exactly the same in each exhibition. Aliases are
not permited. Please contact PSA in the event
relocating to another country. Using ones name differently in different
exhibition exposes the entrant to risk that many of their acceptances
may not be recognised by PSA Star Ratings.
Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of objects
via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or
submitting an image, the entrant certifies the work as his own. Images
may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else (for example: clip
art, images of art by others downloaded from internet). Aliases
are not allowed.
The entrant permits the sponsors to reproduce all
or part of the entered material free of charge
display in media related to the exhibition. This may include low
resolution posting on a website. The Photographic Society of America
(PSA) may request specific permission from entrants to reproduce entered
images in its educational materials. The terms
of that permission will be mutually agreed between the entrand and PSA except in the circumstances where the entered image is found to breach the PSA Ethics Policy. In
circumstances the image may be reproduced by PSA, without the entrants
further permission, for educational purposes to illustrate serious
exhibition rule violations. For those reproductions, the entrant name
will be withheld.
Entries will not be
accepted from entrants who indicate that their images may not be
reproduced in materials related to the exhibition. The exhibition assumes no
liability of any misuse of copyright.
Alteration and Computer Generation:
Subjects to Divisional restrictions (particalarly Nature, Photo Travel and Photojournalism)
images may be altered, either electronically or
otherwise, by the maker. Adjustments to enhance images or creatively modify images
are allowed providing the underlying photograph is retained in a way
that is obvious to the viewer. Images may not be constructed entirely
with a computer, and must be the sole work of the author.
Re-use of accepted images:
image that has been accepted in this exhibition, past or present, may
not be entered again in the same Division Star Ratings Class any future
instances of this exhibition. It may, of course, be entered in any other
PSA recognised exhibitions but must always have the saame title. Re-titling in another language is not allowed.
Entry consists of, up to and including, four (4) images entered by a
single entrant into the same Section. An entrant may only enter a
specific Section once.
image must have a unique title that is a description of the image. That unique title must be used for
entry of that image or of an identical Image into any and all
PSA-Recognized exhibitions. Titles must be 35 characters or fewer. No
titles may be visible to the judges, and nothing in the image may
identify the maker. Titles must not include file extensions such as .jpg
.jpeg (or any other camera capture filenames such as IMG 471) Titles
may not consist of personal identifiers possibly augmented by a number;
or include words such as
title". Titles may not consist solely of numbers unless those numbers
are prominently contained within the image, such as a contestant number
in a race.
Color and Monochrome:
and Monochrome images from the same capture that share substantial
pictorial content in common will be considered the same image and must
be given the same title.
AUTHORS MUST FILL OUT ENTRY FORM AND SUBMIT PHOTOS ONLINE
Photos must be in JPG file format, Max. image width (horizontal) is
1920 pix. Max. image height (vertical) is 1080 pix. in 300 dpi.
compression 7-12, max 2Mb.
The Exhibition will be conducted in accordance with the rules of the PSA.
An entrant’s images will not be presented to the judges consecutively.
An entrant’s four images will be distributed throughout four rounds of
judging in that section. Distribution of images will be in the same
round order as submitted by the entrant. At no stage will a judge be able to view all the entrants images together.
An entrant’s four images will be distributed through out four rounds of judging for that section.
Each round of judging will not contain more than ONE image from each entrant.
on-line judging of images will be with calibrated computer monitors or
high definition TV screens at 100% of the submitted pixel
size (1920x1080 pix). Images may not be changed by the exhibition prior
to or judging. The online judgements will be finalized in a common
online meetings in order to designate awards.
Equipment will not resize
any submitted images or change the aspect ratio of the original image to
“Fit to screen” or to “Fill screen” by monitors or HDTV equipment.
information, including image file names, provided to the judges for
remote judging must retain complete anonymity of the entrants and not
provide the judges with any means of determining any entrant’s personal
details, such as name, email address, or country.
The target acceptance rate will be between 28% and 34% in each section.
entering this exhibition, you
are explicitly consenting to the personal details you have supplied,
including email addresses, being held, processed and used by the
exhibition organizers for purposes associated with this exhibition. You
also explicitly consent to such information being sent to organizations
which have accorded official recognition, patronage or accreditation to
this exhibition. You acknowledge, agree and accept that by entering this
exhibition, your participation status which includes your first and last
name, name of the country used during registration at the exhibition,
number of sections entered and number of photos entered in those
sections will be made in public in a published status list and that the
resultsof your entry shall be made public in exhibition gallery,
exhibtion catalog. You also agree and accept the policy regarding
Breachesof Rules of the PSA.
SUBJECT MATTER & DEFINITIONS
Statement on Subject Matter applicable to all sections
fundamental rule that must be observed at all times and applies to all
sections offered in exhibitions with FIAP patronage or PSA recognition
is that the welfare of living creatures is more important than any
photograph. This means that practices such as baiting of subjects
living creature and removal of birds from nests, for the purpose of
obtaining a photograph, are highly unethical, and such photographs are
not allowed in any exhibition with PSA recognition.
Under no circumstances may a living creature be placed in a situation
where it will be killed, injured or stressed for the purpose of
obtaining a photograph. Images that show live creatures being fed to
captive animals, birds or reptilesare not permited under any
There are also concerns about the use of
aerial photography, drones, helicopters, low flying aircraft. These
should not cause any interference with other individuals or animals
which causes a disturbance in their normal activity or disrupt the way
any individuals or animals interact with their environment. Entrants
in PSA recognisedexhibition should comply with all relevant laws and
regulations, associated with aerial photography, in the country in which
the image was taken.
in this exhibition is conditional on accepting these policies. The
content of images must comply with these General Conditions and with the
Division and Section definitions listed in these conditions. Images
that - in the sole opinion of the judges or the Exhibition Organizers -
do not comply, will be disqualified so the entrant may be aware of the
problem when considering entry into other exhibitions with PSA recognition.
Further details on the PSA's drone policy may be found at https://psa-photo.org/index.php?psa-policies#drone
PSA Monochrome Definition
image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of
having no color (i.e. contains only shades of grey which can include
pure black and pure white) OR it gives the impression of being a
greyscale image that has been toned in one color across the entire
(For example by Sepia, red, gold, etc.) A greyscale or
multi-colored image modified or giving impression of having been
modified by partial toning, multi-toning or by inclusion of spot
coloring does not meet the definition of monochrome and shall be
classified as a Color work.
For the purpose of this exhibition, only grayscale images are allowed in monochrome sections. Toned images are not allowed.
Grayscale Monochrome images may be entered for Nature, Photojournalism and Photo Travel but toned images are not permitted for these divisions.
Editing Guidelines for Nature, Photojournalism and Photo Travel
These sections require images to be truthful records, so there are limits on the amount of manipulation allowed.
or editing must be limited to making the image look as close to the
original scene as possible, except that conversion to grayscale
monochrome is allowed.
Allowed editing techniques:
* Cropping, straightening and perspective correction.
Removal or correction of elements added by the camera or lens, such as
dust spots, noise, chromatic aberration and lens distortion.
* Global and selective adjustments such as brightness, hue, saturation and contrast to restore
the appearance of the original scene.
* Complete conversion of color images to grayscale monochrome.
* Blending of multiple images of the same subject and combining them in camera or with
software (exposure blending or focus stacking);
* Image stitching – combining multiple images with overlapping fields of view that are taken consecutively (panoramas);
Editing techniques that are not allowed:
* Removing, adding to, moving or changing any part of an image, except for cropping and straightening.
* Adding a vignette during processing.
* Blurring parts of the image during processing to hide elements in the original scene.
* Darkening parts of the image during processing to hide elements in the original scene.
* All conversions other than to complete grayscale monochrome.
* Conversion of parts of an image to monochrome, or partial toning, desaturation or over-saturation of color
the purpose of this exhibition any border added to a digital file must
be a single border of white or grey, no greater than 3-5 pixels in
PSA/FIAP Nature Definition
Nature photography records all branches of natural history except
anthropology and archaeology. This includes all aspects of the physical
world, both animate and inanimate, that have not been made or modified
* Nature images must convey the truth of the scene that
was photographed. A well-informed person should be able to identify the
subject of the image and be satisfied that it has been presented
honestly and that no unethical practices have been used to control the
subject or capture the image. Images that directly or indirectly show
any human activity that threatens the life or welfare of a living
organism are not allowed.
* The most important part of a Nature image
is the nature story it tells. High technical standards are expected and
the image must look natural.
* Objects created by humans, and evidence of human activity, are allowed in Nature images
only when they are a necessary part of the Nature story.
Photographs of human-created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral
animals, domesticated animals, human-created hybrid animals and mounted
or preserved zoological specimens are
* Images taken with subjects under controlled conditions, such as zoos, are allowed.
Controlling live subjects by chilling, anaesthetic or any other method
of restricting natural movement for the purpose of a photograph is not
Attention is drawn to the PSA Statement on Subject Matter which applies to all sections and
to the Editing Guidelines for Nature, Photojournalism and Photo Travel
Breaches of Rules
Entrants are strongly advised to look at the PSA Ethics Policy which can be found at https://psa-photo.org/page/ethical-practices.
at any time, it is determined in the reasonable discretion of the
exhibition organizer or the judges before, during, or after the judging
of an exhibition that an entrant has submitted entries where one or more
images may fail to comply with these Conditions of Entry, including the
stated definitions, exhibitions, on behalf of the judges, are allowed
to request unedited or raw files of the submitted image
order to ensure that images comply with the Conditions of Entry and
definitions, the exhibition organizers may carry out reasonable measures
to verify that:
a) the images are the original work of the entrant and
b) the images comply with the rules and definitions as set out in these Conditions of Entry
steps include, but are not limited to, questioning any entrant,
requiring the submission of RAW files or other digital files
representing the original capture of the submitted image(s), confronting
the entrant with evidence that one or more submitted images fails to
comply with the Conditions of Entry (also known as Entry Rules), and
offering the entrant a reasonable opportunity to provide counter
evidence to refute the exhibition organizer’s evidence by a set
deadline. Such entries that are not cleared or are still questionable
after the entrant has presented evidence may be considered in breach of
these Conditions of Entry, and declined. Such entries may be referred to
PSA for further investigation of possible ethics violations
receiving reports from exhibitions of possible breaches, retains the
right to investigate in any way all complaints/suspicions of breaches of
entry conditions, impose penalties if deemed necessary, void the
acceptances of any image found to violate the PSA rules, include the
entrant’s name on the list of sanctions provided to Exhibitions, and
share such investigations with FIAP. Entrants automatically agree to
these terms by the act of entering the Exhibition and agree to cooperate
with any investigation.
If another party
is submitting images on the entrant’s behalf, the entrant will still be
held responsible for adhering to these Conditions of Entry (Entry Rules)
and will be subject to penalties for any violations to these Conditions of Entry and PSA’s Statement of Ethics that may result.
another party is processing images for an entrant or submitting images
on the entrant’s behalf, the entrant will still be held responsible for
adhering to all Conditions of Entry including the specific conditions in
the relevant definitions.
NOTICE: When entrants fills in
the Entry Form to submit an entry they will see the following feature to
affirm they have read these Conditions of Entry
hereby confirm that I have read, understood and agree to the Conditions
of Entry of this exhibition. I have read the PSA document to be found
. I am aware that PSA may apply penalties for breaches of these
Conditions of Entry”
Failure to agree will mean that the application will not proceed.