The Individual Creative Competition is free for individual PSA members as a member benefit.
NEW FOR 2016/2017 Season: (Four Rounds)
Closing dates: November 25, February 25, April 25, and June 25
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.
The PSA definition of Creative is “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.”
Images must be in “JPG” format. Maximum image width (horizontal) is 1024 pixels. Maximum image height (vertical) is 768 pixels. The sRGB color profile is recommended.
It is not necessary to re-name your image files. That will be done for you automatically.
By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the work as his/her own and permits PSA to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication, publicity of the competition, recognition of the maker and their image and/or display in media related to the competition. This may include low resolution posting on a website such as a council website or council Facebook page and includes the PSA Journal. The competition assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright.
The entrant to this PSA activity needs to submit a signed Model Release with his/her entry for any portrait image, including all the recognizable likenesses of a human face, which were not taken in a public location. The entrant and model agree to hold PSA harmless against all claims and liabilities arising out of PSA’s publication, display, or other use of any portrait image submitted to PSA. Award images will be posted on the PSA web site and selected images may be published in the PSA Journal/Division Newsletters. Portrait images submitted without a Model Release, if selected for an award, will not be posted on the PSA website or published in the PSA Journal/Division Newsletters. For those who do not have a Model Release, a sample Model Release Form is linked below.
Sample Model Release Form - doc
Three groups: AA, A, and E, based on previous year’s performance. New participants will be automatically enrolled in the E group, but may request to be moved to group A before Round 1 begins. Group placement will be for the entire competition year.
Images in each group may be awarded a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place; 3 Judge’s choice, or Honorable Mention award for each round. The number of Honorable mention awards will be determined by the number of submitted entries.End of Year Awards (EOY): All awards and HMs from the current year’s four rounds of competitions will be entered in an EOY Best of the Best judging competition. Top 10 images from each of the three groups may receive a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or one of 7 Honorable Mention Awards. A Best of the Best will be chosen from the four Gold Awards.
Basic Guidelines for Operating PSA Division Competitions (pdf) - Contains information for Directors of PSA Individual and Interclub Competitions.