Rules and Conditions

1. The PSAChina Special Theme 2017 has got the recognition of Photographic Society of America (PSA), Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and Global Photographic Union (GPU). Acceptances received by PSA members in this exhibition are eligible for PSA Star Ratings, listing in the worldwide PSA Who’s Who of photography.

2. The exhibition is organized by PSA China and will be conducted strictly following the standards and procedures of Photographic Society of America.

3. The Exhibition is open to anyone; however, an entry may be rejected when the sponsoring organization or its agent, in its reasonable discretion, believers the entry does not conform the exhibition rules and conditions.

Entries are limited to more than 4 images per section, category, or class. An entrant’s four images will be distributed throughout four rounds o judging in that section.

Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of objects via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally. By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the word as his own (aliases are not permitted). The entrant permits the sponsors to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to the exhibition. This may include low resolution posting on a website. Note: entrants who indicate that their images may not be reproduced or used “will not be eligible for awards” or inclusion in audio-visuals of exhibition “and could be subject to disqualification” by the exhibition sponsors.

The Exhibition assumes no liability of any misuse of copyright. Images may be altered, either electronically or otherwise, by the maker. Artwork or computer graphics created by the entrant may be incorporated if the photographic content predominates subject to divisional restrictions. All final work must be on photographic film, or on electronic file, or on photographic or electronic print material, mounting excepted.

Images may be altered, either digitally or otherwise. By the maker and artwork of computer graphics created by the entrant may be incorporated if the photographic content predominates subjects to Nature, Photo Travel and Photojournalist divisional restrictions.

No titles or identification of the maker shall be visible anywhere on the face of an image, print mat or mount entered in a PSA Recognized exhibition.

Each image must have a unique title. Once an image has been accepted in a PSA Recognized exhibition, that same image, or a like “in camera” or a “reproduction” duplicate of that image:

i. May not be re-entered in any section of the same Division Star Ratings class in that exhibition regardless of media, format, or title.
ii. May not be re-titled for entry in any other PSA Recognized exhibition.

Words such as “Untitled” and “No Title” are not acceptable as part or all of an image’s title, nor are camera capture filenames.

4. Entries may only be submitted online via our website: http://salon.psachina.org. All the images must be electronic. CD or prints are unacceptable.

5. Divisions and Sections
A - Women (PID Color)
B - Open (PID Monochrome)
C - Landscape (Nature)
D - Wildlife (Nature)
E - Human Activities (Photo Travel)
F - Architecture (Photo Travel)

6. Calendar of the Exhibition
Closing Date: December 8, 2017
Judging Start Date: December 27, 2017

7. Entry Fee:
USD20 for any 1 or 2 sections;
USD30 for any 3 or 4 sections;
USD35 for any 5 or all 6 sections;
Fees should be paid via PayPal account: wangli@seec.com.cn. Cash or checks are not acceptable. Entries without the appropriate fees will not be judged.

8. In each section an entrant may enter up to four images which will be presented to the judges throughout four rounds of judging. The display device for the judging will be High Definition TV with the resolution of 1920*1080. Each section will consist of three judges. No judges or their family members may enter the same sections in which he or she is judging.

9. Same image in both color and monochrome versions, regardless of title, may not enter in both color class and monochrome class sections of the same Exhibition in the same year. Multiple images which are substantially similar may not be entered in one or multiple sections in any one of PSA China’s Exhibition.

10. Each image must have a unique title.Image titles should be specified in English. "No title" or "Untitled" does not constitute a title. Do not use punctuation or symbols, such as the following: .!@#$%^&*(){}|+:"<>? The maximum title should be limited to 35 characters.

11. In each section, there will be one prize awarded by an author. The judging panel’s decision is final and without appeal.

12. Any entrants who are the subject of international photographic sanctions or who are found to have plagiarized an image will be disqualified.

13. Submission of entries implies the acceptance of all conditions.

14. Report cards will be sent via Email. Acceptance cards will not be mailed, however participants can get them downloaded and printed by themselves via the Exhibition website:http://salon.psachina.org/EIndex.aspx

15. Catalogue: Printed catalogue and DVD are available at different cost.

16. All images must be resized to a maximum of 1400px on the horizontal side and a maximum of 1050px on the vertical side. Files must be saved in the jpeg format and should be no larger than 1MB. No frame, watermark or signatures are allowed on the images.

17.Definitions:

     PSA Nature Definition:

      Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation.

  • The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.
  • Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves.
  • Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible.
  • Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.
  • No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted.
  • Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning.
  • Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed.
  • Stitched images are not permitted.
  • All images must appear natural.
  • Color images can be converted to greyscale monochrome.
  • Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.
  • Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.
  •      PSA Wildlife Definition:

         Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat.

  • Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections.
  • Wildlife is not limited to mammals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species.
  •      PSA Definition of Travel Photography:

         A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment.

         Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All images must appear natural.

         PSA Definition of a Monochrome image:

          An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e. contains only shades of gray 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 image. (For example by Sepia, red, gold, etc.) A greyscale or multi-colored image modified or giving the impression of having been modified by partial toning, multi-toning or by the inclusion of spot coloring does not meet the definition of monochrome and shall be classified as a Color Work.

    18. All entries shall conform to the stricter of these definitions for acceptances to be validated by all the International Organizations granting recognition or patronage.

    19. PSA Ethical Practices-refers toPSA Ethics Policy Statement .

    Definitions:

    PSA Nature Definition:

          Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation.

  • The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.
  • Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves.
  • Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible.
  • Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.
  • No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted.
  • Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning.
  • Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed.
  • Stitched images are not permitted.
  • All images must appear natural.
  • Color images can be converted to greyscale monochrome.
  • Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.
  • Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.
  • PSA Wildlife Definition:

         Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat.

  • Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections.
  • Wildlife is not limited to mammals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species.
  • PSA Definition of Travel Photography:

         A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment.

         Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All images must appear natural.

    PSA Definition of a Monochrome image:

          An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e. contains only shades of gray 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 image. (For example by Sepia, red, gold, etc.) A greyscale or multi-colored image modified or giving the impression of having been modified by partial toning, multi-toning or by the inclusion of spot coloring does not meet the definition of monochrome and shall be classified as a Color Work.

    Images Requirements

    1. Format: JPEG

    2. The maximum dimension is 1400 pixels on long side and 1050 pixels on short side.

    3. Size:no more than 1MB

    4. Title: no more than 35 characters including the spaces (Special characters are not allowed). Capital letters only.

    5. Frame, watermark and signatures on the images are not allowed.

    6. The image titles should be unique in English.





    Upload Procedures





    Entry Fees and Payment Method

    Entry Fees

    Items Unit Price Description
    Entry Fee $20/ 1 section $20/ 2 sections $30/ 3 sections $30/ 4 sections $35/ 5 sections $35/ 6 sections USD20 for any 1 or 2 sections;
    USD30 for any 3 or 4 sections;
    USD35 for any 5 or all 6 sections;
    Printed Catalogue $45.00/copy A high quality printed catalogue will be available for $45 (Postage Included).
    DVD Postage $25.00/piece A DVD with all accepted images is free of charge, and will be available at an additional postage of $25 for overseas entrants.
    Printed Catalogue
    +
    DVD
    $60.00/set A high quality printed catalogue and a DVD will be available for $60.00 (Postage Included).

    Payment Method
    Types Method Description
    Online Payment Paypal Paypal Account: wangli@seec.com.cn

    Notice:

    If payment by PayPal is for other photographers, please indicate the photographer's name, sections and details of purchased items (catalogue and/or DVD).


    Calendar

    Entry Closing Date Judging Result Notification Catalogue and Awards Sending
    12/08/2017 24:00(GMT+8) 12/27/2017 - 12/29/2017 01/12/2018 03/16/2018


    Awards

    PSA Awards
    Sections Gold Medals Silver Medals Bronze Medals HM
    Women (PID Color) 1 1 1 6
    Open (PID Monochrome) 1 1 1 6
    Landscape (Nature) 1 1 1 6
    Wildlife (Nature) 1 1 1 6
    Human Activities (Photo Travel) 1 1 1 6
    Architecture (Photo Travel) 1 1 1 6
    Total 54


    RPS Awards
    Sections Gold Medals Silver Medals Bronze Medals HM
    Women (PID Color) 1 1 1 6
    Open (PID Monochrome) 1 1 1 6
    Landscape (Nature) 1 1 1 6
    Wildlife (Nature) 1 1 1 6
    Human Activities (Photo Travel) 1 1 1 6
    Architecture (Photo Travel) 1 1 1 6
    Total 54

    GPU Awards
    Sections Gold Medals Silver Medals Bronze Medals HM
    Women (PID Color) 1 1 1 6
    Open (PID Monochrome) 1 1 1 6
    Landscape (Nature) 1 1 1 6
    Wildlife (Nature) 1 1 1 6
    Human Activities (Photo Travel) 1 1 1 6
    Architecture (Photo Travel) 1 1 1 6
    Total 54


    PSA China Awards
    Sections Gold Medals Silver Medals Bronze Medals HM
    Women (PID Color) 1 1 1 6
    Open (PID Monochrome) 1 1 1 6
    Landscape (Nature) 1 1 1 6
    Wildlife (Nature) 1 1 1 6
    Human Activities (Photo Travel) 1 1 1 6
    Architecture (Photo Travel) 1 1 1 6
    Total 54


    HEXUN Awards
    Sections Gold Medals Silver Medals Bronze Medals HM
    Women (PID Color) 1 1 1 3
    Open (PID Monochrome) 1 1 1 3
    Landscape (Nature) 1 1 1 3
    Wildlife (Nature) 1 1 1 3
    Human Activities (Photo Travel) 1 1 1 3
    Architecture (Photo Travel) 1 1 1 3
    Total 36


    Seecaa Awards
    Sections Gold Medals Silver Medals Bronze Medals HM
    Women (PID Color) 1 1 1 6
    Open (PID Monochrome) 1 1 1 6
    Landscape (Nature) 1 1 1 6
    Wildlife (Nature) 1 1 1 6
    Human Activities (Photo Travel) 1 1 1 6
    Architecture (Photo Travel) 1 1 1 6
    Total 54


    Chairman's Choice Awards
    PSAChina Special Theme 2017
    Chairman's Choice Awards
    1


    Judge's Choice
    Sections Judge's Choice Medals
    Women (PID Color) 3
    Open (PID Monochrome) 3
    Landscape (Nature) 3
    Wildlife (Nature) 3
    Human Activities (Photo Travel) 3
    Architecture (Photo Travel) 3
    Total 18

    Contact Us

    Should you have any questions, please directly contact us via e-mail: service@psachina.org.







    © Powered by SEEC. All Rights Reserved