Submit Images: January 14, March 14, May 14,
The goal of the Photo Travel Division Study Groups is to provide PSA members who enjoy travel photography an opportunity to share and improve their knowledge and skills.
Each Round involves the submission and review of two (2) images by each participant in the Study Group during a 2-month period. There is no limitation on subject matter as long as it complies with the PSA Photo Travel definition. Each Group, acting independently, conducts its activites as a series of continuous Rounds, each spanning a two-month period. The Rounds begin on the fourteenth day of the odd months (January, March, May, July, September, and November) and have four parts:
All current PSA members may take part in the Photo Travel Division Study groups. This is a non-competitive activity. The program has been specifically designed to provide mutual assistance and support for all the participants on a continuing basis.
A typical Study Group may have between three (3) and seven (7) members, including a Secretary who also participates in the group's activities. It has been determined that this is the best composition, when considering the member cross-section of experience and preferences, the number of participants from Round to Round and the practical workload limits of the group's members. This latter factor is one of the primary reasons for spreading out the image and review submission dates. This is also the reason for some members to pass on a Round, on occasion.
In addition to more general groups, there are special themes such as "Scapes" and "People."
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
Photo Travel Modification:
No elements may be moved, cloned, added, deleted, rearranged, combined or changed in any way that affects the integrity of the image content. No manipulation or modification is permitted except resizing, cropping, selective lightening or darkening, and restoration of original color of the scene. No special effect filters can be added or applied, and any sharpening must appear natural.