3D Sequence

3D Sequence 


H. Lee Pratt, HonPSA

lee_pratt_j.jpg A sequence or photo essay is a group of from 2 to 18 stereo (3D) digital images with a written text. Sequences might more properly be called photo essays, photo-poems or songs, photo stories, mood pieces, or sermonettes. They are vehicles for conveying something from the mind of the entrant to others more effectively than is possible with a single image. There is no restriction on subject matter. Images and text should not reveal the identity of the entrant. Two people may collaborate on a single sequence. Previously rejected sequences may be reentered.


Eligibility & Rules

This year's submission deadline: July 21, 2021

Per PSA rules, this competition is now open ONLY to PSA members. An entry may be rejected when the PSA 3D Division or its agent, in its reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to competition rules and conditions. All entrants will receive a catalog via email.

Any sequence that was accepted in a prior PSA Sequence Competition is NOT ELIGIBLE for re-entry in this competition. PSA recommended practices will be followed in this competition.

Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of objects via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally. By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the work as his/her own and permits the sponsors to reproduce the entered material free of charge for the Sequence Program and/or display in media related to the competition. The competition assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright. Images may be altered either electronically or otherwise by the entrant, and artwork or computer graphics created by the entrant may also be incorporated if the photographic content predominates. All final entries must be on digital files as described herein.

A written text should accompany each sequence, as appropriate. It should not contain more than 30 words for each image, preferably much less. If the entrant does not submit text and/or music on a CD/audio file, then the written narration for accepted sequences will be put on the resulting DVD as the spoken voice, with or without background music, at the Director's discretion. 

The entrant may provide a recorded audio CD or other electronic file with narration. However, we are now basically required to use “royalty free” or “royalty paid” music with proper credits. (See page 13 of the June 2012 PSA Journal.) Due to the complexity of these regulations, it is recommended that music not be submitted unless you are very familiar with these requirements and can meet them.

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

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 - interactive pdf - both of these forms can be filled out and saved on a mobile or desktop device. 


Awards will consist of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place medals, and up to three Honorable Mention awards at the discretion of the judges. Accepted sequences will be credited toward PSA 3D Star Ratings but (according to PSA Competition Guidelines) will not be credited toward Who's Who. Each accepted sequence will be credited as 3 acceptances and 2 title credits for purposes of Star Ratings. The First, Second, and Third Place sequences will each receive 4 acceptances and 2 title credits. Regardless of how many sequences are entered and accepted, the maximum number of credits for all accepted sequences by an entrant for each year is 8 acceptances and 4 title credits. If two people have collaborated on an accepted sequence, the number of acceptances and title credits will be divided equally where possible. For odd numbers of acceptances in a sequence, the first listed entrant will be assumed to be the primary entrant, and will receive the extra acceptance credit. 

Entry Form

» Sequence Competition Entry form: PDF (updated for 2021)

Entry Fee

There is no fee to enter the competition.

Program for Clubs

The resulting digital 3D program will be available for showings by many PSA member camera clubs. Contact the Sequence Competition Director to schedule the Sequence Program for your club.