Competitions


Interclub Descriptions

The following is a summary of all the PSA Interclub competitions - these competitions are open to PSA-member clubs. Registration is required.

Register your club to compete in Interclub Competitions: REGISTER FOR THE COMPETITIONS . Competitions require registration or re-registration for each competition season.


PID Interclub (Open)

» PID Interclub Guidelines and Entry Details

About / Info:  Groups & Entries / Round: 
This digital competition is open to PSA member clubs. Following each competition, the club standings are sent to participating clubs and the winning images are shown on this page through the links aboveFor more information, contact the director at: ✉ PID-IC-director@psa-photo.org.

Clubs are divided into groups of 25 or less: New clubs start in the lowest group, 6 images by 6 members - three rounds
Registration: Entry: 

Clubs may join at any time during the competition but must join by the club registration deadline of October 15 to participate in round one. Include camera club name, PSA club number, primary club contact name, email, secondary club contact’s name and email. Ribbons are sent to the primary Club Representative. If the mailing address and telephone number has been changed, please send changes to the director’s email link above.

  REGISTER FOR THE COMPETITION  

Only for those clubs that have pre-registered. See left for registration details.

  ENTER COMPETITION  


Schedule:  Rules & Awards / Round:

This competition is held three (3) times each competition year, beginning in the fall. Deadline for competitions are November 15, February 15, and April 15. Any club that is a PSA member may choose to compete as a club, with awards going to individuals, and to the top three clubs with the highest accumulated points for the year. 

Digital only, 10% receive Awards, 10% receive HMs (ribbons), Make-up entries not eligible for awards. Cannot re-enter any images that were scored in a previous round.
Qualifying Images: End of Year (EOY) Awards: 

In this Interclub Competition, both color and monochrome images are acceptable. The subject matter is unrestricted. images may be altered by the maker, and artwork or computer graphics created by the entrant may be incorporated, if the photographic content predominatesImages may not be constructed entirely within a computer.

PID Interclub Guidelines (updated for 2019-2020): pdfdoc

3 highest scoring clubs in each group receive EOY certificates and the top scoring club receives a plaque, if desired.

Information: Host Club Responsibilities provides judging information. Use this image for projection testing. The subject matter for the images submitted is unrestricted or “open."


PID Interclub (Creative)

» PID Creative Interclub Guidelines and Entry Details

About / Info:  Groups & Entries / Round: 
Exclusively for Creative Photography, digital images only. This digital competition is open to PSA member clubs. Following each competition, the club standings are sent to participating clubs and the winning images are shown on this page through the links aboveFor more information, contact the director at: ✉ PID-CIC-director@psa-photo.org.

Clubs are divided into groups of 25 or less: New clubs start in the lowest group, 6 images by 6 members - three rounds
Registration: Entry: 

Clubs may join at any time during the competition but must join by the club registration deadline of October 15 to participate in round one. Include camera club name, PSA club number, primary club contact name, email, secondary club contact’s name and email. Ribbons are sent to the primary Club Representative. If the mailing address and telephone number has been changed, please send changes to the director’s email link above.

  REGISTER FOR THE COMPETITION  

Only for those clubs that have pre-registered. See left for registration details.

  ENTER COMPETITION  


Schedule:  Rules & Awards / Round:

This competition is held three (3) times each competition year, beginning in the fall. Deadline for competitions are November 15, February 15, and April 15. Any club that is a PSA member may choose to compete as a club, with awards going to individuals, and to the top three clubs with the highest accumulated points for the year. 

Digital only, 10% receive Awards, 10% receive HMs (ribbons), Make-up entries not eligible for awards. Cannot re-enter any images that were scored in a previous round.
Qualifying Images: End of Year (EOY) Awards: 

Definition of Creative: The Images for this competition may be color or monotone.  In this competition the images must also follow the PSA definition of “Altered Reality.”  The image may be of any subject matter and must obviously display a change in natural color, form, shape or any combination of these three.  All images must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else. Artwork or computer graphics generated by the entrant may be incorporated if the original photographic content predominates. Images may not be constructed entirely within a computer.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) images without further changes are not considered “Altered Reality.” 

For more information, contact the director at: ✉ PID-CIC-director@psa-photo.org.

PID Creative Interclub Guidelines (updated for 2019-2020): pdf - doc

3 highest scoring clubs in each group receive EOY certificates and the top scoring club receives a plaque, if desired.

Information: Host Club Responsibilities provides judging information. 


Nature Interclub

» Nature Division Interclub Guidelines and Entry Details

About / Info:  Groups & Entries / Round: 
This digital competition is open to PSA member clubs. Following each competition, the club standings are sent to participating clubs and the winning images are shown on this page through the links aboveFor more information, contact the director at: ✉ ND-IC-director@psa-photo.org.

Clubs are divided into groups of 25 or less: New clubs start in the lowest group, 6 images by 6 members - three rounds
Registration: Entry: 

Clubs may join at any time during the competition but must join by the club registration deadline of October 15 to participate in round one. Include camera club name, PSA club number, primary club contact name, email, secondary club contact’s name and email. Ribbons are sent to the primary Club Representative. If the mailing address and telephone number has been changed, please send changes to the director’s email link above.

  REGISTER FOR THE COMPETITION  

Only for those clubs that have pre-registered. See left for registration details.

  ENTER COMPETITION  


Schedule:  Rules & Awards / Round:

This competition is held three (3) times each competition year, beginning in the fall. Deadline for competitions are November 15, February 15, and April 15. Any club that is a PSA member may choose to compete as a club, with awards going to individuals, and to the top three clubs with the highest accumulated points for the year. 

Digital only, 10% receive Awards, 10% receive HMs (ribbons), Make-up entries not eligible for awards. Cannot re-enter any images that were scored in a previous round.
Qualifying Images: End of Year (EOY) Awards: 

Definition of Nature: The portrayal of the many aspects of nature - plant and animal life, natural features of land and seas or natural phenomena. Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. See Definition of Nature Photography for full Nature and Wildlife definitions. All images used in PSA Nature Division competitions and PSA-recognized exhibitions must meet the PSA Nature Definition of Nature Photography.

ND Interclub Guidelines (updated for 2019-2020): pdf  

3 highest scoring clubs in each group receive EOY certificates and the top scoring club receives a plaque, if desired.

Information: Host Club Responsibilities provides judging information. 


Photojournalism Interclub

» Photojournalism Division Interclub Guidelines and Entry Details

About / Info:  Groups & Entries / Round: 
This digital competition is open to PSA member clubs. Following each competition, the club standings are sent to participating clubs and the winning images are shown on this page through the links aboveFor more information, contact the director at: ✉ PJD-IC-director@psa-photo.org.

Clubs are divided into groups of 25 or less: New clubs start in the lowest group, 6 images by 6 members - three rounds
Registration: Entry: 

Clubs may join at any time during the competition but must join by the club registration deadline of October 15 to participate in round one. Include camera club name, PSA club number, primary club contact name, email, secondary club contact’s name and email. Ribbons are sent to the primary Club Representative. If the mailing address and telephone number has been changed, please send changes to the director’s email link above.

  REGISTER FOR THE COMPETITION  

Only for those clubs that have pre-registered. See left for registration details.

  ENTER COMPETITION  


Schedule:  Rules & Awards / Round:

This competition is held three (3) times each competition year, beginning in the fall. Deadline for competitions are November 15, February 15, and April 15. Any club that is a PSA member may choose to compete as a club, with awards going to individuals, and to the top three clubs with the highest accumulated points for the year. 

Digital only, 10% receive Awards, 10% receive HMs (ribbons), Make-up entries not eligible for awards. Cannot re-enter any images that were scored in a previous round.
Qualifying Images: End of Year (EOY) Awards: 

Definition of an acceptable Photojournalism Image: Photojournalism shall consist of pictures or sequences with informative content and emotional impact, including human interest, documentary, and spot news. The journalistic value of the photograph shall be considered over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, photographs which misrepresent the truth, such as manipulation to alter the subject matter, or situations which are set up for the purpose of photography, are unacceptable. The only editing that can be done includes cropping and color correction that could be done in a darkroom.  

There are two classification that you may list a photo journalistic image under, General and Human Interest.

Human Interest must include one or more persons (not implied, actual persons).  Sports action cannot be the main subject of the image (that would be considered "sports photography"). You may have person(s) in sports gear, but not actual sports action. Additionally, the images must show some type of interaction, emotion or unusual situation and the subject matter cannot be staged.

General classification can be almost anything, including Human Interest, but usually it involves non-human related events (man made or natural disasters are a good example). 

3 highest scoring clubs in each group receive EOY certificates and the top scoring club receives a plaque, if desired.

Information: Host Club Responsibilities provides judging information. 


Photo Travel Interclub

» Photo Travel Division Interclub Guidelines and Entry Details

About / Info:  Groups & Entries / Round: 
This digital competition is open to PSA member clubs. Following each competition, the club standings are sent to participating clubs and the winning images are shown on this page through the links aboveFor more information, contact the director at: ✉ PTD-IC-director@psa-photo.org.

Clubs are divided into groups of 25 or less: New clubs start in the lowest group, 6 images by 6 members - three rounds
Registration: Entry: 

Clubs may join at any time during the competition but must join by the club registration deadline of October 15 to participate in round one. Include camera club name, PSA club number, primary club contact name, email, secondary club contact’s name and email. Ribbons are sent to the primary Club Representative. If the mailing address and telephone number has been changed, please send changes to the director’s email link above.

  REGISTER FOR THE COMPETITION  

Only for those clubs that have pre-registered. See left for registration details.

  ENTER COMPETITION  


Schedule:  Rules & Awards / Round:

This competition is held three (3) times each competition year, beginning in the fall. Deadline for competitions are November 15, February 15, and April 15. Any club that is a PSA member may choose to compete as a club, with awards going to individuals, and to the top three clubs with the highest accumulated points for the year. 

Digital only, 10% receive Awards, 10% receive HMs (ribbons), Make-up entries not eligible for awards. Cannot re-enter any images that were scored in a previous round.
Qualifying Images: End of Year (EOY) Awards: 

Definition of Photo Travel: A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. 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 allowed adjustments must appear natural.

3 highest scoring clubs in each group receive EOY certificates and the top scoring club receives a plaque, if desired.

Information: Host Club Responsibilities provides judging information. 


Pictorial Print Interclub

» Pictorial Print Division Interclub Guidelines and Entry Details

About / Info:  Groups & Entries / Round: 
This print competition is open to PSA member clubs. Following each competition, the club standings are sent to participating clubs and the winning images are shown on this page through the links aboveFor more information, contact the director at: ✉ PPD-IC-director@psa-photo.org.

Five categories: Large & Small Color, Large & Small Mono, and Creative. 4 prints by 4 members. You can make a partial entry if you don't have four prints in a category. If club was not able to submit prints in a competition, can enter them the next time as long as they are marked "make up."  - three rounds
Registration: Entry: 

Clubs may join at any time during the competition but must join by the club registration deadline of October 15 to participate in round one. Include camera club name, PSA club number, primary club contact name, email, secondary club contact’s name and email. Ribbons are sent to the primary Club Representative. If the mailing address and telephone number has been changed, please send changes to the director’s email link above.

  REGISTER FOR THE COMPETITION  

Only for those clubs that have pre-registered. See left for registration details.

Prints are mailed in.

Schedule:  Rules & Awards / Round:

This competition is held three (3) times each competition year, beginning in the fall. Deadline for competitions are November 15, February 15, and April 15. Any club that is a PSA member may choose to compete as a club, with awards going to individuals, and to the top three clubs with the highest accumulated points for the year. 

1st, 2nd, 3rd & one HM for 10 entries in each category. Rules for entering - Rules for entering Creative Altered Reality Cannot re-enter any images that were scored in a previous round.
Qualifying Images: End of Year (EOY) Awards: 

Information: Clubs take turns hosting the competitions. The club selects three judges who score the prints on the basis of interest, composition, and technique. 

3 highest scoring clubs in each group receive EOY certificates and the top scoring club receives a plaque, if desired.

Information: Host Club Responsibilities provides judging information. 


3D Interclub: International Stereo Club Competition (ISCC)

» 3D Division Interclub Guidelines and Entry Details

About / Info:  Groups & Entries / Round: 
This digital competition is open to PSA member clubs. Following each competition, the club standings are sent to participating clubs and the winning images are shown on this page through the links aboveFor more information, contact the director at: ✉ PTD-IC-director@psa-photo.org.

One group, three rounds
Registration: Entry: 

Clubs may join at any time during the competition but must join by the club registration deadline of October 15 to participate in round one. Include camera club name, PSA club number, primary club contact name, email, secondary club contact’s name and email. Ribbons are sent to the primary Club Representative. If the mailing address and telephone number has been changed, please send changes to the director’s email link above.

  REGISTER FOR THE COMPETITION  

Only for those clubs that have pre-registered. See left for registration details.

  ENTER COMPETITION  


Entry forms (Excel): 
November |  February | May
Schedule:  Rules & Awards / Round:

This competition is held three (3) times each competition year, beginning in the fall. Deadline for competitions are November 15, February 15, and April 15. Any club that is a PSA member may choose to compete as a club, with awards going to individuals, and to the top three clubs with the highest accumulated points for the year. 

Digital only, 10% receive Awards, 10% receive HMs (ribbons), Make-up entries not eligible for awards. Cannot re-enter any images that were scored in a previous round.
Qualifying Images: End of Year (EOY) Awards: 

The content or subject matter of an image submitted to a 3DD program or activity is unrestricted. 

Information (updated for 2018-19): 
Host clubs: Round 1: Ohio, Round 2: Sydney, Round 3: LA
Rules for entry - pdf | Specifications for Creating Files for International Digital Exhibition - pdf 

The top scoring club receives EOY certificate.

Information: Host Club Responsibilities provides judging information. 


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.