PSA 2016-100

Deadline for Receipt of Entries - Monday, July 25, 2016
(Midnight American Samoa Time)


    Diane Racey, FPSA, GMPSA
2967 N. Verdugo Rd.
Glendale, CA 91208

  The PSA Photojournalism Division offers two Print sections for the 2016 PSA International:

  (1) Photojournalism section
(2) Human Interest section

All entries in the Photojournalism Section must conform to the Photojournalism Definition given below.

All entries in the Human Interest section must conform to the Photojournalism Definition given below and the Human Interest Definition given below.

  All valid acceptances in each section are eligible for Photojournalism Star Ratings subject to the requirements of the PSA Photojournalism Division and for listing in PSA Who's Who in Photography. The target acceptance rate will be between 30% and 36% in each section.

  The exhibition is open to anyone; however, an entry may be rejected when the sponsoring organization or its agent, in its reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to the exhibition rules and conditions.

An entrant's images will be distributed throughout 4 rounds in each section and will be judged using a 15 point scoring system (2-5 points/judge).

  An entry consists of 1 through 4 prints in the same section by a single person.
All prints must be shipped flat and unmounted.

No prints will be returned to the maker. All prints will be destroyed after the Exhibition. No signature is required. You agree to this condition by submitting an entry.

      World Wide      
    1 Photojournalism Print Section  $ 6 US Total      
    Both Photojournalism Print Sections  $ 8 US Total      
  PayPal is available for payment online. Please note that you do not need a personal PayPal account to pay using our PayPal, just a valid debit or credit card (Master Card, Visa, Discover Card, American Express). Please do not combine payments for the Photo Travel Digital sections with payments for Photo Travel Print sections or for other Divisions in this Exhibition. Do not submit payments for other people on the same transaction. If you do have your own personal PayPal account you must still use the Exhibition's PayPal form to submit your payment to receive proper credit.

Entrants may also pay in US Dollars by cash or check . All checks must be made payable to “PSA” and must be drawn on a US bank. Entrants are requested to notify the Photo Travel Print Chairman if they intend to pay by cash or check. IRC's are not an acceptable form of payment.

Entry fees are due by the closing date, even if paid by check or cash. Any entry without paid entry fees will not be judged.

  Photojournalism entries shall consist of images with informative content and emotional impact, reflecting the human presence in our world. The journalistic (story-telling) value of the image shall receive priority over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, images that misrepresent the truth, such as those from events or activities specifically arranged for photography or of subjects directed or hired for photography, are not eligible. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable modifications are removal of dust, scratches or digital noise, restoration of the existing appearance of the original scene, sharpening that is not obvious, and conversion to greyscale monochrome. Derivations, including infrared, are not eligible.

  Human Interest is defined as an image depicting a person or persons in an interactive, emotional or unusual situation, excluding recreational and sports action.

  Informative Note: It is not sufficient for people to be in the image. The people engaged in an activity must be the subject of the image and not a supporting element. The people engaged in the activity and the activity itself should be of equal importance. Close-ups of people that do not place them in their cultural environment are discouraged.

    Closing Date: July 25, 2016
   On-Line entry of images cannot be submitted after Midnight on this date.
    Judging Date: August 6, 2016
    Notification Date: August 20, 2016
    On-Line Catalog Availability Date: October 23, 2016
    Ship Awards Date: October 23, 2016

    Nan Carder, APSA, MPSA - Lancaster PA
    Robert Ginn - Guadalupe, CA
    Charly Shelton - Pasadena, CA
  The maker’s name and/or the image title must not be in the image area or in any other area visible to the judges of any digital files, slides or prints. This includes copyrights.

  An image (or a nearly identical in-camera duplicate) previously accepted in any PSA International Photo Travel Division section is not eligible for entry in any Photo Travel Division Digital or Print section of the 2016 PSA International.

An image previously accepted in any PSA Recognized Exhibition may not be retitled and resubmitted in any PSA Recognized Exhibition or in the PSA International with a new title.

  Informative Note: PSA Recognized Exhibitions are not "THE" PSA International Exhibition. Images accepted in PSA Recognized Exhibitions but not in a past Photojournalism section of the PSA International Exhibition may be submitted in the Photojournalism Division sections of the 2016 PSA International provided they meet the Photojournalism Definitions.

  An image may be entered in only one section of the 2016 PSA International regardless of Division or Media.
All acceptances of that image will be revoked if multiple acceptances of the same image are discovered after judging.

  Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of object 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 all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to the exhibition. This will include the Exhibition (audio-visual program) of the accepted images to be shown at the 2016 PSA Conference, low resolution posting of accepted images on a web site and may include use in the PSA Journal. Images where entrants do not give this permission will be declined and entry fees forfeited.

The exhibition assumes no liability of any misuse of copyright. All final work must be on photographic film, or on electronic file, or on photographic or electronic print material, mounting excepted. Images may be altered, either digitally or otherwise, by the entrant subject to Divisional restrictions.

  Valid acceptances in these sections of this Exhibition will be eligible for Photojournalism Division Star Ratings applications by PSA members subject to the requirements of the Photojournalism Division. An online Photojournalism Division PDF Catalog listing all acceptances in all four Photojournalism Sections of the 2016 PSA International Exhibition is included with your entry fee. You can download the catalog using a link on the Exhibition Web Site You can save the Catalog as an electronic file and/or print it out. This Catalog will contain the same information that will be provided to the Photojournalism Division Star Ratings Director. It will include color reproductions of the medal winning images. Printed hard copies of the Catalogs will not be mailed to the entrants.

  Photojournalism Section
PSA Awards
1-PSA Gold Medal; 1-PSA Silver Medal; 1-PSA Bronze Medal, 6-PSA Honorable Mention Ribbons
  Human Interest Section
PSA Awards
1-PSA Gold Medal; 1-PSA Silver Medal; 1-PSA Bronze Medal, 6-PSA Honorable Mention Ribbons
Photojournalism Division Awards
1-Joy of Childhood Award 

  Additional PSA Silver Medals, Bronze Medals and Honorable Mention Ribbons will be awarded depending on the number of entries received.

Entrants of prints awarded any PSA Medal (Gold, Silver, or Bronze) shall submit a 6" x 4" @ 260 ppi digital tiff version of the winning image within 5 days after receiving notice of the award for possible publication in the PSA Journal. Images of entrants not submitting the digital version will not be published.

  If the exhibition determines before, during, or after the judging that an entrant has submitted entries where one or more images fail to comply with these Conditions of Entry, including the stated definitions, the exhibition reserves the right and discretion to delete the entry from the exhibition and void any or all acceptances or awards. Fees will be forfeited in these circumstances.

In order to ensure that images comply with the Conditions of Entry and definitions, the exhibition may carry out checks on the images to make sure that:
    a) the images are the original work of the entrant and
    b) the images comply with the rules and definitions as set out in these Conditions of Entry.
This may involve asking the entrant to provide originally captured image(s), with EXIF data intact, by a set deadline.

The questioned image(s) of any entrant failing to comply with such a request for the original image(s) may be considered in breach of these Conditions of Entry, and declined. Such entries may be referred to PSA for further investigation of possible ethics violations.

PSA retains the right to investigate in any way all complaints/suspicions of breaches of entry conditions, impose sanctions if deemed necessary, and share such investigations with FIAP. Entrants automatically agree to these terms by the act of entering the Exhibition.

WARNING An entry received from an exhibitor under sanction by PSA at the time of entry will not be included in the judging and the entry fees will be forfeited.

  Each Image must have a unique title. Once an image has been accepted in any PSA Recognized Exhibition, regardless of section or Division, that same image, or a like “in camera” or a “reproduction” duplicate of that image may not be retitled if used in any other PSA Recognized Exhibition. Words such as "Untitled" and "No Title" are not acceptable as part or all of an image's title, nor are camera capture filenames.

Titles will not be read aloud during judging.

Please limit titles to 35 characters including spaces and punctuation. The Entry Form software will clip any excess characters resulting in an incomplete title for inclusion in the Catalog. This will cause problems when applying for Star Ratings.

In addition to the title, the back of each print must have the name and address of the entrant in a position that clearly indicates the top of the print from the rear. Only pressure sensitive (self-adhesive) labels may be used for titles, names and addresses on the backs of unmounted prints to prevent bleed-through of the ink. The titles on the backs of the prints must match the titles on the Entry Form.

  Prints may not exceed 12 inches or the metric equivalent (304mm) in the longest dimension or 8-1/2 inches or the metric equivalent (216mm) in the shortest dimension. (8-1/2 inches x 12 inches). Metric A4 size meets the size limits.

  Selected * prints, including all award winners, will be displayed at the 2016 PSA International Conference in San Antonio, Texas between September 10, 2016 and September 17, 2016.

*Space constraints may prevent showing all Photojournalism Print acceptances at the Conference. All award winners will be shown. Accepted prints not included in the show will still get full credit towards Photojournalism Division Star Ratings and Who's Who listing and will be in the Photojournlism Division PDF On-Line catalog.

  Photojournalism Print Entry Forms and Report Cards will be sent to entrants via email from Please be sure that this email address has been included in your "safe" email addresses to assure receipt of these emails instead of having them blocked by your security system. Also check your Junk E-Mail or spam folder to see if your email software placed any messages from the exhibition there.

Filled-in Entry Forms and Report Cards will be computer-generated emails. Computer-generated emails are automatically blocked by some internet email servers so please contact them in accordance with their instructions to allow any computer generated emails from the email address above if they do not show up in either your Inbox or your Junk E-Mail folder.

PayPal confirmation for online payments will come directly from PayPal using the sender name via PayPal as the sender name and as the sender email. It will be addressed to you using your name as entered on the PayPal page.

  You must complete the Photojournalism Division On-Line Print Entry Form to enter. When ready, click on the PJ PRINT ENTRY FORM button below and fill out the form.

After submitting your entry on-line you will receive three (3) emails, a filled-out entry form for each of the two sections and one with mailing labels for shipping your prints to the Chairman. Print each entry form emails and the mailing label email.

Prints for all sections should be mailed in the same package and sent to the Photojournalism Print Chairman at:

Diane Racey, FPSA, GMPSA
2967 N. Verdugo Rd.
Glendale, CA 91208

If mailing entries from outside the USA, be sure your packet includes a Customs Label marked

All prints must be shipped unmounted and flat regardless of the country of origin. Mounted and/or matted prints will not be judged, entry fees will not be refunded and prints will not be returned.