PSA's Photo Travel Division (PTD)

Photo Travel
Division Chair

‚úČ Stan Bormann, FPSA, MPSA·

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Read these important references regarding the ethics of travel photography.  

The Photo Travel Division is one of PSA's reality-based divisions (the others are Nature and Photojournalism). We seek to portray the world as close to reality as we find it. For that reason, PTD has a Photo Travel Definition. The definition provides guidelines for the photographer and for competition judges as to what is permitted and what is not permitted in a PT image. 

» Photo Travel Definition: 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 permitted. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the location.

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 images must look natural.

The Photo Travel Division has produced a Guide for Chairs and Judges.  It is vital that these guides are issued to judges, and that Chairs of Exhibitions/Competitions ensure that all judges have read the guides and understand them. The guides (translated into several languages) can be found below or on the home page of the Photo Travel Division. https://psa-photo.org/index.php?divisions-photo-travel

» Guide for Photo Travel Judges and Chairs - pdf (updated 2021-05)
Translations available in:
Arabic: pdf (updated 2021-09) || Bengali: pdf (updated 2020-04) || Burmese: pdf || Chinese (simplified): pdf (updated 2021-05) || Chinese (traditional): pdf (updated 2021-05) || French: pdf || German: pdf  (updated 2021-05) || Greek: pdf || Hindi: pdf (updated 2020-12)|| Indonesian: pdf || Italian: pdf || Macedonian: pdf (updated 2021-05) || Serbian: pdf (updated 2020-04) || Sinhala: pdf || Spanish: pdf || Tamil: pdf || Thai: pdf || Turkish: pdf (updated 2021-05)

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