PID Individual Creative Competition

PID Individual 
Creative Competition Director

‚úČ Thirumalai Ganesh Sheerapathi, PPSA, SPSA, AFIAP·

The Individual Creative Competition is free for individual PSA members as a member benefit.  

See Definition of “Creative” below. 

Closing dates for the three rounds:

» November 1 - Projected Image Division PID INDIVIDUAL CREATIVE COMPETITION - #1
» February 1 - Projected Image Division PID INDIVIDUAL CREATIVE COMPETITION - #2
» April 1 - Projected Image Division PID INDIVIDUAL CREATIVE COMPETITION - #3




May submit up to two “Altered Reality" images per round. An image previously receiving an Award or HM in a PID Individual Creative Competition may not be entered.


Creative Altered Reality images must demonstrate both creativity and altered reality. Creativity of an image is a dominant consideration in the competition, as exhibited by imaginative content and skill, originality of expression, unusual juxtapositions, and uniqueness of vision. The image should surprise the viewer. The image must exhibit alteration through digital post-processing of the original image. Such Altered Reality must be readily apparent to the viewer.

Images must originate as photographs (image capture of objects via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion and digitally scanned; or directly acquired digitally. Images must be the entrant’s own work and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else. The judges’ decision on whether the altered reality is “readily apparent” is final.


  • Horizontal images will be no more than 1400 pixels wide or 1050 pixels tall. 
  • Save the file in jpeg format only.
  • Unless your image proportions are in the exact ratio of 4 to 3, one of these dimensions will be less than the maximum. The images will be projected as received, as long as not over the maximum.
  • sRGB color space is recommended for optimum results. 


All participants will be asked to sign the Image release when uploading their images.  The following is a copy of the release language.  Please note that this form is not a requirement with respect to having your images used in PID Competitions; it is only required if you are willing to have such images displayed on the PSA's website. If you do not agree to the Image Release statement, your images cannot be uploaded through the website and should be sent, instead, to indicating what the images are for and that you do not wish to have your images displayed on PSA's website.

“I hereby give permission for the Photographic Society of America (PSA) to display any of my images submitted for use in the PSA PID Individual Creative Competition. I certify that I am the copyright holder of the images. I hereby agree that this work is my original work created solely by me and does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, oral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or party.

I hereby give permission for the Photographic Society of America to display such images on the PSA's own website and Vimeo. (Vimeo is used to display Best of Year movie presentations.)

I retain copyright of the image(s) and these images may not be used by PSA for any purpose other than stated above without my additional explicit written permission. The PSA will not directly or indirectly post these images on any other websites such as social media sites without such written consent.”


Three groups: A, B, C are based on previous year’s performance. New participants will be automatically enrolled in the C group. However, if you are an experienced creative photographer you may request to be moved to group B when you enroll for the first time. Just click my name above for my email address. Group placement will be for the entire competition year.


Participants are divided into three ability groups, A, B, C. In each group, approximately 10% of the images receive an Award of Merit Ribbon, and approximately 10% receive an Honorable Mention Ribbon. In each group one image will receive a Best of Show Ribbon.

End of Year Awards (EOY): All awards from the current year’s competitions will be entered in an EOY Best of the Best judging competition.  The top 10 images from each of the three groups will be chosen.  From this group there will be a Gold, Silver, Bronze PID Medal award, or Best of the Best ribbon Awards.  A Best of the Best will be chosen from the Gold PID Medal Awards. 


By registering for this competition, your name and email becomes part of the PSA PID membership record. This information is only for PSA PID Information and will never be sold. Its purpose is to track PID membership participation and may be used periodically for PID newsletters or delivery of current PSA information that the PID Division feels may be of interest to its members.

Basic Guidelines for Operating PSA Division Competitions (pdf) - Contains information for Directors of PSA Individual and Interclub Competitions.