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Recognition PSA 2018-187
Patronat FIAP 2018/191

SWISS INTERNATIONAL PHOTO CONTEST 2018

DOWNLOAD PDF: Entry Rules

ENTRY RULES

GENERAL

The competition  is open to all, worldwide. This is a digital image only competition.

SECTIONS

– COLOR Open FIAP / PSA PID
– MONOCHROME Open FIAP / PSA PID
– NATURE (Color / Monochrome) FIAP / PSA ND
– PHOTO TRAVEL (Color / Monochrome) FIAP / PSA PTD
  • – COLOR Open
  • – MONOCHROME Open
  • – NATURE (Color / Monochrome)
  • – PHOTO TRAVEL (Color / Monochrome)

IMAGE SIZE

  • Maximum horizontal/vertical length 1920/1080 pixels.
  • Files should not exceed 2 Mb per Image.

IMAGE SUBMISSION (Upload)

  • The images, jpg files, must be uploaded direct per Internet on our Homepage.
  • Each participant may submit a maximum of four (4) photographs to each section.
  • Each photo can be presented in only one section.
  • Authors can submit photos online:
  • Upload Form here…

ENTRY FEE

  • Entry fee for all sections is 25EUR.
  • Possible ways of payment is PayPal; (or Skrill Moneybookers).
  • For Group entries from 10 Authors, discount is 20 %.
  • Please contact us per Email.

IMAGE FILE NAMING

  • File name should be as you would want it to appear in the catalogue (same as title name).
  • Each image must have a unique title with maximum 35 characters (incl. space).
  • Please use only English alphabet and numeric (a-z A-Z 0-9).

REPORT CARD (Results)

All participants will receive a Result via email. The Report card will be ready for download on our Website, too.

CATALOGUE AND AWARDS SHIPPING

The Best of Show HQ Cataloque showing mostly of acceptances and all Awarded images will be ready online for download. Awards will be mailed to each entrant. Organizer will take all possible care when handling the mail. However, we accept no liability for damage or loss during the Transit.

COMPETITION DIVISIONS

  • All acceptances will count for FIAP and PSA distinctions and for i nclusion in PSA Star Rating and “Who’s Who”.
  • All acceptance eligibility shall be in accordance with the PID Star Ratings or the Galaxy/Diamond Ratings requirements as appropriate.
  • – Acceptances in PID recognized Color Sections shall be credited towards PID color Star Ratings and Who’s Who Color listings.
  • – Acceptances in PID recognized Monochrome sections shall be credited towards PID Monochrome Star Ratings and Who’s Who Monochrome listings.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

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

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 shall be in the same round order as submitted by the entrant.

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 work 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 the 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 provided the photographic content predominates, subject to Nature, Photo Travel and Photojournalism divisional restrictions. All final work must be on photographic film, or on electronic file, or on photographic or electronic print material, mounting excepted.

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

BREACH OF CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

If the exhibition determines before, during, or after the judging that an entrant has submitted entries where one or more images fail to comply with these Conditions of Entry, including the stated definitions, the exhibition reserves the right and discretion to delete the entry from the exhibition and void any or all acceptances or awards. Fees may be forfeited in these circumstances.
In order to ensure that images comply with the Conditions of Entry and definitions, the exhibition may carry out checks on the images to make sure 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.
This may involve asking the entrant to provide originally captured image(s), with EXIF data intact, by a set deadline. The questioned image(s) of any entrant failing to comply with such a request for the original image(s) may be considered in breach of these Conditions of Entry, and declined. Such entries may be referred to PSA/FIAP for further investigation of possible ethics violations. PSA/FIAP 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/FIAP 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.

JUDGING

The judges will Award the Acceptances, Medals and Honorable Mentions of the entered images. The one who has achieved the highest number of total acceptances of all the sections of the salon added together will be proclaimed “best author“.  In the event of a tie, the organizer with Judges will decide irrevocably. Judges would use HP Full HD 1080p Display.

JUDGES

  • Radojko Zivadinovic, EFIAP, Switzerland
  • Angelina Alic, ANCC, Germany
  • Slavica Bourgeois, Artist, Switzerland

AWARDS

  • More than 108 Awards!
  • FIAP Best Author: FIAP Blue Badge
  • FIAP: Gold; Silver; Bronze medal; Honorable Mentions (each section)
  • PSA: Gold, Silver; Bronze medal; Honorable Mentions (each section)
  • NCC (Organizer): Gold; Silver; Bronze medal; Honorable Mentions (each section)
  • The jury reserves the right to grant additional awards.
  • Each author can receive only one award in each of the section.

CALENDAR

  • Entry Closing: May 14, 2018
  • Judging’s: May 28, 2018
  • Report cards: June 10, 2018
  • Public presentation: Summer 2018
  • Catalogue and Awards: July 31, 2018

ORGANIZER

  DEFINITIONS

FIAP Monochrome

A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category; such a work can be reproduced in black and white in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage. On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category; such a work requires colour reproduction in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage.

PSA Monochrome

A monochrome image is defined as having varying shades of no more than one color (various shades of that color from very light to very dark) but it may be any single color. Multi-toned images (various shades of two or more colors) and greyscale images with added an accent color are not acceptable in Monochrome Class sections and must be entered in Color Class sections.

Nature Photography Definition FIAP and PSA

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 allowed adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.
  • Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife.
  • 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 the 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.
  • 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 animals, 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..
  • Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections of Exhibitions.

Photo Travel

A Photo Travel image must express the feeling of a time and place, and portray a land, its distinctive features or culture in its natural state. There are no geographical limitations. Close-up pictures of people or objects must include distinguishable environment. Techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. All adjustments must appear natural. Conversion to full monochrome is acceptable. Derivations, including infrared, are unacceptable.

Important:

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