The Individual Creative Competition is free for individual PSA members as a member benefit.
NEW FOR 2017/2018 Season: (Four Rounds)
Closing dates: November 25, January 25, March 25, May 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.
THIS IS A LEGAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF AMERICA ("PSA"), A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION WITH AN ADDRESS AT 8241 SOUTH WALKER AVENUE, SUITE 104, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73139. BY CLICKING THE "I ACCEPT" BUTTON, OR UPLOADING ANY IMAGE YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS DO NOT UPLOAD ANY IMAGE.
You retain your copyright in any image or other content ("Content") submitted to PSA. By uploading or delivering Content to PSA, you are granting PSA, its successors, licensees and assigns, a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual, unlimited, fully paid, royalty-free right to copy, prepare derivative works of, distribute, publish, transmit, and display (collectively "use") in any media now known or in the future developed, for purposes consistent with the mission of PSA and for promoting PSA, including but not limited to use on the PSA website and use within any of its social media channels. You further acknowledge that PSA has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the terms and conditions of use, privacy policies, or practices associated with any social media channel and that you shall be solely responsible for any Content that you post onto the PSA website, which PSA subsequently uploads onto any social media channel.
We will endeavor to credit you as the author of the Content in connection with any use but will not be responsible for any failure to credit or any removal or alteration of any credit.]
You acknowledge and agree that any Content posted onto the PSA website or any of its social media channels shall fully comply with PSA ethical practices or any other PSA guidelines established. PSA has the right but not the obligation to review all Content and reserves the right to reject, refuse to post, edit, modify or remove any Content uploaded by you.
You represent and warrant that you are of full age and possess any and all rights and permissions necessary to grant PSA these rights, including any necessary releases for subjects or other distinctive property depicted in the Content, and that the use of the content by PSA will not violate copyright or any other third party rights, including any right of privacy or publicity. You agree to indemnify and hold PSA, its successors, licensees and assigns harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses arising out of a breach of the foregoing warranties and representations.
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.
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.