Photographic Society Of America
Projected Image Division

Individual Creative Competitions
Individual Creative Competition Images Submission
Information and Instructions

Individual membership in the Photographic Society of America (PSA) is required to enter the Individual Creative Competitions. Click here to obtain information and an application for PSA membership.

Registration It is necessary to register before participating in these competitions.

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Select a competition closing date, shown below, to submit your images.

Entry Fees These competitions are open, free of charge, to all individual  PSA members, who are in good standing, as one of their many membership benefits.

Creative Images The PSA definition of Creative is “Altered Reality." The image must obviously display a change in natural color, form, shape or any combination of these three.  Creative images may be montages (a blending composite of multiple images) or manipulated with textures and brushes.  High Dynamic Range (HDR) images without further changes are not considered  “Altered Reality.”

Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of objects via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion and digitally scanned or acquired digitally.  By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the work as his/her own and permits the sponsors to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to the competition.  This may include low resolution posting on the PSA website.. The competition assumes no liability of any misuse of copyright.

Original image must be made by entrant. 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.

Entries There are four competitions annually.  Each participant is allowed to enter a maximum of two images for each of the four separate competitions.

An end of the year competition is also conducted.

Awards For each competition, ribbons will be given for first, second, third place, Individual Judges’ Choice, and Honorable Mention images.  The number of Honorable mention awards will be calculated as 10% of the number of  submitted entries.

Images Images must be “jpg” format; The maximum allowable horizontal dimension (width) is 1024 pixels; the maximum allowable vertical dimension (height/tall) is 768 pixels; Smaller images are acceptable.

File Names It is not necessary to re-name your image file; that will be done for you automatically.

Color Profile Saving your files files using the sRGB color profile is recommended as it is optimum for the projection conditions used in judging.

End of the Year Gallery 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.   From this collection of the Best of the Best, First, Second, Third Place awards and Honorable Mentions will be selected.  A slide show of these images will be presented at the PSA Annual Conference and EOY Award and HM Recipients will be recognized.

This group of the Best of the Best will also be recognized at the PID Luncheon during the PSA Annual Conference.

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