PID Individual Creative Competition

PID Individual 
Creative Competition Director

✉ Nancy Speaker·

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

See Definition of “Creative” below. 

NEW FOR 2017/2018 Season: (Four Rounds)
Closing dates
: November 25, January 25, March 25, May 25


  (Click to submit entries to this competition.) 


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.

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

For those who do not have a Model Release, Sample Model Release Form - doc 


Four groups: A, B, C, D, are based on previous year’s performance. New participants will be automatically enrolled in the D group. However, if you are an experienced creative photographer you may request to be moved to group B or C 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 4 ability groups, A, B, C, D. 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 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. 

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.