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.
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
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.
Basic Guidelines for Operating PSA Division Competitions (pdf) - Contains information for Directors of PSA Individual and Interclub Competitions.