PSA 2016-100

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


    Denise Dyson
1312 Greenwich Court
New Castle, DE 19720

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

  (1) Travel section
(2) Scapes section

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

All entries in the Scapes section must conform to the Photo Travel Definition given below and the Scapes given below.

  All valid acceptances in each section are eligible for Photo Travel Star Ratings subject to the requirements of the PSA Photo Travel Division. 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 Photo Travel Print Section  $ 6 US Total    
    Both Photo Travel 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.

  A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All images must appear natural.

  A Scape is defined as an expanse of scenery. Scapes may be, but are not limited to, landscapes, seascapes, or cityscapes. We stress, images entered in Scapes must meet the current PSA Photo Travel Definition. Images that are essentially skyscapes, depicting star trails, auroras, milky ways, etc. and that do not include some foreground elements to provide a sense of place, would not meet the definition. Landscapes and seascapes that do not provide any sense of place would also not meet the definition."

    Closing Date: July 25, 2016
   This is a "Received by" date, NOT a "Postmarked by" date.
    Judging Date: August 8, 2016
    Notification Date: August 22, 2016
    On-Line Catalog Availability Date: October 15, 2016
    Ship Awards Date: October 15, 2016

    Erik Kissa, FPSA, MPSA - Wilmington, DE
    Lynn Troy Maniscalco, HonPSA, EPSA - Wilmington, DE
    Tom Tauber, EPSA - Lansdowne, PA
  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 submitted in any PSA Recognized Exhibition or in the PSA International with the new title.

  Informative Note: PSA Recognized Exhibitions are not "THE" PSA International Exhibition. Images accepted in PSA Recognized Exhibitions but not in a past Photo Travel section of the PSA International Exhibition may be submitted in the Photo Travel Division sections of the 2016 PSA International provided they meet the Photo Travel 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 Photo Travel Division Star Ratings applications by PSA members subject to the requirements of the Photo Travel Division. An online Photo Travel Division PDF Catalog listing all acceptances in all four Photo Travel 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 Photo Travel 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.

  Travel Section
PSA Awards
1-PSA Gold Medal; 1-PSA Silver Medal; 1-PSA Bronze Medal, 6-PSA Honorable Mention Ribbons

  Scapes Section
PSA Awards
1-PSA Gold Medal; 1-PSA Silver Medal; 1-PSA Bronze Medal, 6-PSA Honorable Mention Ribbons

  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.

  Accepted Prints *, including award winners, will be shown at the 2016 PSA International Conference in San Antonio, Texas between September 10, 2016 and September 17, 2016.

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

  Photo Travel 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 Photo Travel Division On-Line Print Entry Form to enter. When ready, click on the TRAVEL 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 Photo Travel Print Chairman at:

Denise Dyson
1312 Greenwich Court
New Castle, DE 19720

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.