18th PSAChina International Exhibition of Photography

Conditions of Entry

1. Exhibition Name

18th PSA China International Exhibition of Photography has got the recognition of Photographic Society of America (PSA), Global Photographic Union(GPU) and Alliance of Universal Photographers (AUP). Acceptances received by PSA members in this exhibition are eligible for PSA Star Ratings, listing in the worldwide PSA Who’s Who of photography.
The exhibition is organized by PSA China and will be conducted strictly following the standards and procedures of Photographic Society of America.

2. Contacts

Email Address of the contact if there is anything inquiry or problem encountered: salon@psachina.org Exhibition website: https://salon.psachina.org

3. Sections

A. PID Color-Open
B. PID Color-Children
C. PID Monochrome-Open
D. PID Monochrome-Landscape
E. ND-Open
F. PTD-Open

4. Entry Fee

USD20 for the first section and USD5 for each additional section. The 6th section will be free if the five sections are paid. Fees should be paid via PayPal account: wangli@seec.com.cn. Cash or checks are not acceptable. Entries without the payment of fees will not be judged.


International Entrants USD25.00 USD30.00 USD35.00
Domestic Entrants RMB150.00 RMB180.00 RMB200.00

5. Calendar of the Exhibition

Closing Date: Jun. 14, 2021
Judging End Date: Jun. 22, 2021
Notification sent by: Jul. 6, 2021
On-line Gallery Posted by: Jul. 10, 2021
PDF Catalogue posted by Jul. 31, 2021
Awards/Catalogue on CD Issue: Sep. 6, 2021

6. Judges

  • Mr. Daduan Deng, APSA, PPSA, SPSA, President of PSA China. (PIDC-Open) (PIDM-Open) (PTD)
  • Mr. Gunther Riehle, APSA, GMPSA/P, Germany(PIDC-Children) (ND)
  • Mrs. Valerie Duncan, GMPSA/S, England (PIDM-Landscape) (PTD)
  • Mr. Greg Duncan, APSA, GMPSA/B, GPSA, England (PIDM-Open) (ND)
  • Mr. Lung-Tsai Wang, GMPSA, GPSA, Vice President of PSA China (PIDC-Open) (PIDM-Landscape) (ND)
  • Mr. Zongqi Wu, Vice President of PSA China (PIDC-Children) (PIDM-Open) (PTD)
  • Mr. Jinghui Chen MPSA (PIDC-Children) (PIDM-Landscape)

7. Awards

Details of awards in each section:

Gold 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Silver 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Bronze 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
HM 2 6 6 6 6 3 3
Judge’s Choice: Each section will have 3 as each judge will have one favorite choice in that section Chairman’s Award: A special award by the Chairman of PSA China.

8. Catalogue

PDF catalogue can be downloaded from the website and free DVD are available but with mailing cost.


This exhibition is open to anyone; however, an entry may be rejected when the Sponsor or the Exhibition Organizers, in their reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to exhibition rules and these Conditions of Entry. Membership in any photographic organization is not required.


Entries will not be accepted from any entrant who is currently sanctioned by PSA.

PSA Star Ratings

To receive proper Star ratings credit from PSA, entrants must provide their names and country exactly the same in each exhibition. Aliases are not permitted. Please contact PSA in the event of name changes or relocating to another country

Image Creation

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 image, the entrant certifies the work as his or her own Images may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else (for example: clip art, images or art by others downloaded from the Internet). Aliases are not allowed. 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 the exhibition “and could be subject to disqualification” by the exhibition sponsors. The exhibition assumes no liability of any misuse of copyright

Alteration and Computer Generation

Subject to Divisional restrictions (particularly 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:

Once an image has been accepted in a PSA Recognized exhibition, any identical image, or near identical image, may not, in future, be entered or re-entered in any section of the same Division Star Ratings class in that exhibition regardless of media, format, or title; may not be re-titled for entry into any other PSA Recognized exhibition, including translation into another language.


An 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.


Each image must have a unique title. 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 or .jpeg (or any other camera capture filenames), or words such as "untitled" or "no title". Titles may not consist solely of numbers.

Color and Monochrome:

Color 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.
However, PSA members working on Galaxy and Diamond Star Ratings are allowed to continue using different titles of monochrome versions and color versions of the same capture that have already been accepted until the required number of acceptances for those titles has been completed.

10. Uploading Requirement

Entries may only be submitted online via our website: https://salon.psachina.org. All the images must be electronic. CD or prints are unacceptable.
Format: JPEG
The maximum dimension is 1400 pixels on horizontal and 1050 pixels on vertical.
Size:The maximum size is no more than 1MB.
Title: no more than 35 characters including the spaces (Special characters are not allowed). Capital letters only.
Frame, watermark and signatures on the images are not allowed.
The image titles should be unique in English.

11. Organization

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.
An image may be entered in only one section where acceptances of that image in multiple sections would be eligible for the same star path

12. Judging Method

Judging will be conducted on site if circumstances permit. Otherwise it will be done on line. In each section the four images submitted by an entrant 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. In case of remoted online judging it is required that all the judges have to make sure that the equipment should compliant with the uploading requirement listed in Item 10. 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. The acceptance rate will be raging between 27% to 33%.


By 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 that have accorded official recognition, patronage or accreditation to this exhibition. You acknowledge and accept that entering this exhibition means that the status and results of your entry may be made public.

14. Breaches of Rules

If, 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, the exhibition organizers reserve the right to delete the entry from the exhibition and void any or all acceptances or awards in connection with the exhibition. Fees may be forfeited or refunded in these circumstances. The entrant acknowledges that the decision of the exhibition organizers or the judges is final In 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
These 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
PSA retains the right to investigate in any way all complaints/suspicions of breaches of entry conditions, impose sanctions 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 sanction for any violations to these Conditions of Entry and PSA’s Statement of Ethics that may result.


When an entrant fills in the Entry Form to submit an entry the entrant will see a feature to affirm he or she has read these Conditions of Entry when he or she fills out the entry form. If the entrant does not so affirm the entry will not be submitted


PSA Statement on Subject Matter
There is one hard and fast rule, whose spirit must be observed at all times and applies to all sections offered in PSA recognised exhibitions. The welfare of the subject is more important than the photograph. This means that practices such as baiting of subjects with a 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 PSA exhibitions. There is also a PSA policy on the use of aerial photography - aircraft, helicopters and drones. This policy can be found at https://psa-photo.org/index.php?psa-policies#drone. The purpose of this policy is to prevent any interference with other individuals or animals which will or may cause a disturbance in their normal activity or disrupt the way any individuals or animals interact with their environment. Entry in this exhibition requires exhibitors to agree to this and other PSA 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 are likely to be disqualified so the entrant may be aware of the problem when considering entry into other PSA recognized exhibitions.

PSA Monochrome Definition

An 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 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.

PSA/FIAP 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. 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 Photo Travel Definition

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


Same image in both color and monochrome versions will be considered as the same image and must be given the same title. Same image is eligible to enter the exhibition only once regardless of the sections. Multiple images which are substantially similar may not be entered in one or multiple sections in any one of PSA China’s Exhibition.

18. Monochrome images may not be entered in PID Color sections.


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.


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


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: https://salon.psachina.org/EIndex.aspx

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


Chairperson:wangli@psachina.org  Secretary: lipeilin@seec.com.cn

Images Uploading Requirements

  1. Format: JPEG
  2. The maximum dimension is 1400 pixels on horizontal and 1050 pixels on vertical.
  3. Size:The maximum size is 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.

Entry Steps

  • 1.

    If you are new to our Exhibition, please use a valid email address to register your account. All of the notifications from the exhibition will be sent to this email address. Please make sure it is valid. Please remember your password. If you registered last year, please login using that account. You do NOT need to register again.In case you forgot it, you can use "Forgot your Password?" to find it.

  • 2.

    Please complete your information including your full name,gender,postal address and so on.Your information will not be disclosed.The committee will send the awards and catalogues by those information after the exhibition.

  • 3.

    Please make the payment of entry fees, postage of DVD by Paypal. When the payment is completed, we will send you a confirmation email.

  • 4.

    The images shall be uploaded as per the requirements. You can change your images anytime before the closing date, if necessary.

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