Competitions - Club & Council


Interclub Descriptions

The following is a summary of all the PSA Interclub competitions. Be sure to check out each competition's page (accessed from the competition name or links on the left side of this page) for more details.

All suggested changes should be sent to the Chapters, Clubs & Councils Vice President at cccvicepres@psa-photo.org. You can see all the interclub deadlines, grouped by division and month by consulting the Interclub Deadlines Chart (linked from left side of this page).


PID Interclub (Open)

» REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 1
ROUNDS END: November 1, January 1, March 1, May 1

» About / Info: The PID Interclub Competition is open to all PSA-member clubs. For more information, contact the director at: ✉ PID-IC-director@psa-photo.org.

Groups & Entries / Round: A,B,C,D,E: New clubs start in Group E, 6 images by 6 members - four rounds

Entry Method: (only for those clubs that have pre-registered. Contact the director (✉ PID-IC-director@psa-photo.org.) for registration details.)

Rules & Awards / Round: 
Digital only, 10% receive Awards, 10% receive HMs (ribbons), Make-up entries not eligible for awards. Cannot re-enter any images.
PID Interclub Guidelines (pdf)

End of Year (EOY) Awards: 3 highest scoring clubs in each group receive EOY certificates

Information: Host Club Responsibilities provides judging information. Use this image for projection testing. The subject matter for the images submitted is unrestricted or “open."


PID Interclub (Creative)

» REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 15
ROUNDS END: January 15, March 26, May 21

» About / Info: Exclusively for Creative Photography. The PSA definition of Creative is "Altered Reality." The image must obviously display a change in natural color, form, shape, or any combination of three. High Dynamic Range (HDR) images without further changes are not considered "altered reality." The competition is open to all PSA-member Clubs. For more information, contact the director at: ✉ PID-CIC-director@psa-photo.org.

Groups & Entries / Round: A and B: New clubs start in Group B, 6 images by 6 members (one each member) - three rounds

Entry Method: Upload Images - This website will also display the club scores and award-winning images.

Rules & Awards / Round: 
"Altered Reality," Digital only, 10% receive Awards, 10% receive HMs (ribbons). Make-up entries not eligible for awards. Cannot re-enter any images.

End of Year (EOY) Awards: 3 highest scoring clubs in each group receive EOY certificates. Individual award for Best of the Best chosen from 10 top Award of Merit images from each round combined, per group.

Information: Original image must be made by entrant on photographic emulsion or captured digitally. All images must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else. Original images must be altered by the maker; 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. Image's core content must be identifiable. Non-creative images are not eligible for this competition. Any subject matter is acceptable as long as the Altered Reality guidelines are apparent.


Nature Interclub

» REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 8
ROUNDS END: October 15, January 15, April 15

» About / Info: The Nature Interclub Competition is open to all PSA-member clubs. For more information, contact the director at: ✉ ND-IC-director@psa-photo.org.

Groups & Entries / Round: A, B: New clubs start in Group B, 6 images by minimum 4 members - three rounds

Registration: To register, send an email to the Director with the club name, the club's PSA Membership number, and the snail-mail address of the person who will be handling/coordinating the Nature Interclub entries.

Entry Method:  
This page includes the entire season of competitions. Only upload images for the current Round. Do not upload images for future Rounds.

Rules & Awards / Round: 
Digital images of scanned slides/film, Blue ribbons awarded to 5 highest-scoring images, approximately 10% of the images awarded a red HM ribbon, no make-ups. 2017-2018 Entry Rules (pdf)

End of Year (EOY) Awards: All Award images are eligible for EOY competition after the 3rd round. Image of the year awards are given for groups A & B. Past winners of the Images of the Year.


Photojournalism Interclub

» REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 15 
ROUNDS END: November 15, January 15, March 15, May 15

» About / Info: The PJD photojournalism digital competition is open to PSA member clubs. Following each competition, the club standings are sent to participating clubs and published in the PJD News column of the PSA JournalFor more information, contact the director at: ✉ PJD-IC-director@psa-photo.org.

Registration: Clubs may join at any time during the competition but must join by the club registration deadline to participate in round one. Include camera club name, PSA club i.d. number, primary club contact name, home address, email, evening phone number; secondary club contact: name, email.

Definition of an Acceptable Photojournalism Image: 

Photojournalism shall consist of pictures or sequences with informative content and emotional impact, including human interest, documentary, and spot news. The journalistic value of the photograph shall be considered over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, photographs which misrepresent the truth, such as manipulation to alter the subject matter, or situations which are set up for the purpose of photography, are unacceptable. The only editing that can be done includes cropping and color correction that could be done in a darkroom.  
There are two classification that you may list a photo journalistic image under, General and Human Interest.
Human Interest must include one or more persons (not implied, actual persons).  Sports action cannot be the main subject of the image (that would be considered "sports photography"). You may have person(s) in sports gear, but not actual sports action. Additionally, the images must show some type of interaction, emotion or unusual situation and the subject matter cannot be staged.
General classification can be almost anything, including Human Interest, but usually it involves non-human related events (man made or natural disasters are a good example). 

Groups & Entries / Round: One Group: 6 images, max of 2 images/member. Images which have not received a prior award in this PJD Interclub Competition may be re-entered. Instructions for the Submission of Entries
 - four rounds

Entry Method:  - Upload only images for current round, not for future rounds.
Rules & Awards / Round: 
Digital images designated as PJ General or PJ/Human Interest. Ribbons for top 3 images in PJ General and top 3 in PJ Human Interest. Up to 6 HMs per round.

End of Year (EOY) Awards: High Point club receives plaque. Top PJ General & Human Interest images receive plaques with ribbons to 2nd, 3rd, & HM winners


Photo Travel Interclub

» REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 31
ROUNDS END: November 15, February 15, May 15

» About / Info: PSA Photo Travel Division (PTD) Interclub Competition is open to all PSA-member clubs. Individual club members submitting images for the PTD Interclub Competition are not required to be PSA members. For more information, contact the director at: ✉ PTD-Interclub-Competition-director@psa-photo.org.

Club RegistrationRegistration is done across the web at http://www.psa-photo.org/ptd/ic/data/register/. You will need your club's PSA number and the full contact details for the club representative.The Representative is the club member who is responsible for sending in the club's entry, receiving the results back and then communicating those results to the club members. Note: There is no automatic re-registration - each club must register each year. The last day for registration is October 31.

Groups & Entries / Round: Two Groups: 6 images by 6 members. Images cannot be re-entered in a subsequent round  Digital JPEG only (max 1024 by 768 pixels) - three rounds

Entry Method: Upload Images

Rules & Awards / Round: 
For each Group: 1st, 2nd & 3rd place award and 12 HMs per round. A photographer may enter for only one club. If images are received from more than one club for the same person, both images will be disqualified and the scores removed from the total score for both clubs. PTD Interclub Competition Rules 

End of Year (EOY) Awards: 3 highest scoring clubs in each group receive EOY certificates. The top three clubs in each group are invited to enter a divisional championship 'playoff' entering 8 images each with no more than 2 images from one photographer (images can be new or images used that season). Winner of the playoff will receive a Champion's certificate.


Pictorial Print Interclub

» REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 1
ROUNDS END: October 10, December 10, February 10, April 10

» About / Info: The International Club Print Competition (ICPC), the Pictorial Print Division's Interclub Competition is open to all PSA-member clubs. For more information, contact the director at: ✉ PPD-IC-director@psa-photo.org.

Groups & Entries / Round: Five categories: Large & Small Color, Large & Small Mono, and Creative. 4 prints by 4 members. You can make a partial entry if you don't have four prints in a category. If club was not able to submit prints in a competition, can enter them the next time as long as they are marked "make up." - four rounds

Entry Method: Mail prints

Rules & Awards / Round: 
Prints. 1st, 2nd, 3rd & one HM for 10 entries in each category. Rules for entering - Rules for entering Creative Altered Reality

End of Year (EOY) Awards: In June - Prints which receive a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in one of the four rounds qualify. Top three highest scoring clubs receive 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Certificates in each category. Clubs with the highest total scores in each of the five categories during the year receive Certificates.

Information: Clubs take turns hosting the competitions. The club selects three judges who score the prints on the basis of interest, composition, and technique.


3D Interclub

» REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 15
ROUNDS END: November 7, February 7, April 24

» About / Info: Open to all PSA-member clubs. In areas with no active 3D club, informal groups of at least four may organize as a virtual club, join PSA, and participate. Club members do not have to hold membership in PSA.. For more information, contact the director at: ✉ 3DD-ICD@psa-photo.org.

Club registration: Send an email to the Director providing the club name, club PSA membership number, and the Club 3D Interclub Coordinator's name and email address. * Clubs may join this Interclub Competition any time during the competition year and will be allowed to make up the Round(s) the club has missed.

Groups & Entries / Round: One Group: 6 images, maximum of 2 images per member. An image, which has won an Award or Honorable Mention in a past 3D Interclub Competition will be considered ineligible and no points or awards will be given. Individuals may only compete with one club per season. - three rounds

Entry Method: Upload Images for the 2017-18 Season | Entry forms (Excel): November |  February | May

Rules & Awards / Round: 
Maximum of 2 stereo images per individual per competition. Top 5 images -1st thru 3rd, up to 5th place awards depending upon how many clubs enter. Awards & HMs depends on number of clubs. Certificate awarded to club scoring the most points after 3 rounds. Best Participation Certificate to club which utilizes its membership to the greatest extent.

End of Year (EOY) Awards: Best Images are awarded 3DD Gold Medal for 1st. Silver and Bronze Medal are awarded for 2nd and 3rd based on the number of competing clubs.

Information: Rules for entry (pdf). | Specifications for Creating Files for International Digital Exhibition.