Photojournalism Division (PJD) Quarterly Competition

Quarterly Competition

John F. Larson, Jr., FPSA, MPSA·

Closing Dates: The normal closing dates will be the end of February, May, August and November.

Dates may vary due to availability of judges. Please check the website https://psa-photo.org/pjd/pjq/index.htm for the most up to date information.

There are two groups, one for the less experienced (two stars or less) and the second group for the more experienced (more than two stars) group. Each group has an Open and a Themed category. That means each person will have the opportunity to enter up to eight new images: four in the Open and four in the Themed category for the quarter.


Eligibility & Rules

» Photojournalism Definition

Photojournalism entries should be images with informative content and emotional impact, reflecting the human presence in our world. The journalistic (story-telling) value of the image shall receive priority over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, images that misrepresent the truth, such as those from events or activities specifically arranged for photography or of subjects directed or hired for photography, are not eligible.

Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable modifications are removal of dust, scratches or digital noise, restoration of the existing appearance of the original scene, sharpening that is not obvious, and conversion to greyscale monochrome. Derivations, including infrared, are not eligible. All images must look natural.

Human Interest Definition 
Human Interest images depict a person or persons in an interactive, emotional, or unusual situation, excluding recreational or sports action.

Further guidance can be found  on the Photojournalism Division pages.

In order to help promote new work, this activity is for images that have never been accepted into a PSA-­recognized exhibition.

» PJD Quarterly Competition - Entry rules: document  | Prepare and size electronic file images: document

Entry Forms

This competition allows direct entry into the judging website.

Model Release May be Requested if winning image is a portrait and PSA wishes to publish it

If there is no Model Release available, the image may win but cannot be published. For those who do not have a Model Release, Sample Model Release Form - doc - interactive pdf - both of these forms can be filled out and saved on a mobile or desktop device.