PSA 2019-100

Deadline for Receipt of Entries - Monday, July 8, 2019
(Midnight American Samoa Time)


    Jan Lee, FPSA, EPSA Email:
    Wally Lee, FPSA, PPSA    
    14045 Osage Drive
    Edmond, OK 73103

  The PSA offers one section in each of three Divisions for the 2019 PSA International:

  (1) Nature - (Nature Division)
(2) Photojournalism - (Photojournalism Division)
(3) Travel - (Photo Travel Division)

All entries in any Division section must conform to the PSA Definition for that Division given below.
Commercially made prints are allowed provided no adjustments or enhancements are done by the commercial printer.

  All acceptances in the section for each Division are eligible for Star Ratings in that Division subject to the requirements of that Division and for listing in PSA Who's Who in Photography. The target acceptance rate will be between 30% and 35% 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 not be presented to the judges consecutively. An entrant’s four images will be distributed throughout four rounds of judging for that section. Distribution of images shall be in the same round order as submitted by the entrant

Images will be judged using a 15 point scoring system (2-5 points/judge).

  A person may submit a maximum of four (4) prints in each print section of this exhibition and all work must be the work of that same person. Verified multiple submittals by and/or for the same person in the same section will cause all images in all sections of this exhibition for that person to be disqualified. Any acceptances and any additional awards will be revoked with all entry fees retained.

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    
    Any 1 Section by one Person  $ 8 US         
    Any 2 Sections by one Person  $ 10 US      Total  
    All 3 Sections by one Person  $ 12 US      Total  
  PayPal is available for payment online. Please note that you do not need a personal PayPal account to pay using PayPal, just a valid debit or credit card (Master Card, Visa, Discover Card, American Express). Please do not combine payments for these Print sections with payments for other sections in this Exhibition and/or for other people on the same transaction.

If you do have your own personal PayPal account you must still use the Exhibition's Theme Division Print PayPal link to submit your payment to receive proper credit. DO NOT SEND PAYPAL PAYMENTS DIRECTLY TO PSA.

Entrants may 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 Co-Chairman if they intend to pay by cash or check. IRC's are not an acceptable form of payment.

Any entry without paid entry fees at the time of judging will not be judged or returned.

  Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation.  
  The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.  
  Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves.  
  Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals permissible.  
  Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.  
  No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted.  
  Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking, and dodging/burning.
  Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed.
  Stitched images, including Panoramas, are not permitted.  
  All final images must look natural.  
  Color images can be converted to greyscale monochrome.  
  Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

  Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, enclosures that make the subjects dependent on man for food, and botanical gardens.

  PLEASE NOTE: Human elements are not limited to people in the image. Objects made by humans, such as roads, fences, signs, power lines, cell towers and buildings (or parts of buildings), are also considered human elements, as are domestic animals. Jesses and thongs on legs of raptors and other birds are considered human elements, not scientific banding, and are therefore included in this restriction. Sensor dust on digital captures and rounded corners of scanned images are not considered pictorial elements and may be removed. The final image must look natural to the judges.

  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.

  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.

  Informative Note: Judges will not reward images which do not "look natural". Oversaturation of colours, undersaturation of colours, excessive use of HDR techniques do NOT look natural. Use of fisheye lenses which distort perspective do NOT look natural. Images must be either full colour or grey-scale monochrome. Partial desaturation or colour toning techniques do NOT look natural. A key phrase from the definition is "restoration of the appearance of the original scene". Images that do not conform to this definition may be disqualified or be given very low marks by the judges

    Closing Date: July 8, 2019
   This is a "Receive By" date, NOT a "Ship By" date.
    Judging Dates: July 19 & 20, 2019
    Notification Date: August 3, 2019
    On-Line Catalog Availability Date: October 4, 2019
    Ship Awards Date: October 4, 2019

    Dennis Corbin, MPSA - Yukon, OK
    Joe Wilson - Oklahoma City, OK
    Dave Woodson - Edmond, OK
    Gosia Bodurka - Tulsa, OK
    Randy Carr, APSA, MPSA2 - Yukon, OK
    Elena McTighe, FPSA, MPSA - Delray Beach, FL
    Gosia Bodurka - Tulsa, OK
    Randy Carr, APSA, MPSA2 - Yukon, OK
    Elena McTighe, FPSA, MPSA - Delray Beach, FL
  The maker’s name or the image title must not be in the print area or in any other area visible to the judges of any prints. This includes copyrights.

  Any print (or a print from a nearly identical in-camera duplicate) previously accepted in any prior PSA International Nature Division, Photo Travel Division or Photojournalism Division Print Section is not eligible for entry in the same Print Section of the 2019 PSA International.

Any print 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. Prints accepted in PSA Recognized Exhibitions but not in a past Print section of the PSA International Exhibition regardless of Division may be submitted in the 2019 PSA International.

  An image may be entered in only one section of the 2019 PSA International regardless of Division, Media, or Title.
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 2019 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 electronically or otherwise, by the entrant. Artwork or computer graphics created by the entrant may be incorporated if the photographic content predominates, subject to divisional restrictions.

  Informative Note: PSA Journal policy requires a model release signed by the subject for publication of any model images in the Journal. This policy also applies to close-ups of people not taken in a public place. It is the entrant's responsibility to get such a release at the time the image is captured. Do not submit releases unless requested.

  Prints accepted in this Exhibition will be eligible for appropriate Division Star Ratings applications by PSA members subject to the requirements of the respective Division. Theme Division Print acceptances will be listed in the PDF Catalog for the approprate Division listing all acceptances of the 2019 PSA International Exhibition and the pdf catalog 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 various Division Star Ratings Directors. It will include color reproductions of the medal winning images. Printed hard copies of the Catalog will not be mailed to the entrants.

  All entrants winning medals in any Theme Division Print section will be asked to submit high quality jpeg digital versions of their winning prints for inclusion in the appropriate Division Catalog and posting on the PSA Exhibition web site.

  Each Division
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) are requested to submit a 6" x 4" @ 260 ppi digital version of the winning image within 5 days after receiving notice of the award for possible publication in the PSA Journal and posting on the PSA Website. Images of entrants not submitting the digital version will not be published.

  By entering this exhibition, you are explicitly consenting to the personal details you have supplied, including email addresses, being held, processed, and used by the exhibition organizers for purposes associated with this exhibition. You also explicitly consent to such information being sent to organizations that have accorded official recognition, patronage, or accreditation to this exhibition. You acknowledge and accept that entering this exhibition means the status and results of your entry may be made public. Email addresses and contact information will not be made public.

  If at any time, it is determined in the reasonable discretion of the exhibition organizer or the judges before, during, or after the judging of an exhibition that an entrant has submitted entries where one or more images may fail to comply with these Conditions of Entry, including the stated definitions, the exhibition organizers reserve the right to delete the entry from the exhibition and void any or all acceptances or awards in connection with the exhibition. Fees may be forfeited or refunded in these circumstances. The entrant acknowledges that the decision of the exhibition organizers or the judges is final.

In order to ensure that images comply with the Conditions of Entry and definitions, the exhibition organizers may carry out reasonable measures to verify 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.
These steps include, but are not limited to, questioning any entrant, requiring the submission of RAW files or other digital files representing the original capture of the submitted image(s), confronting the entrant with evidence that one or more submitted images fails to comply with the Conditions of Entry (also known as Entry Rules), and offering the entrant a reasonable opportunity to provide counter evidence to refute the exhibition organizer’s evidence by a set deadline. Such entries that are not cleared or are still questionable after the entrant has presented evidence 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, void the acceptances of any image found to violate the PSA rules, include the entrant’s name on the list of sanctions provided to Exhibitions, and share such investigations with FIAP. Entrants automatically agree to these terms by the act of entering the Exhibition and agree to cooperate with any investigation.

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 of the Division and Section the print is entered in, 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 these print limits.

  Selected * prints, including all award winners, will be dispayed at the 2019 PSA International Conference in Spokane, Washington between September 25, 2019 and September 28, 2019.

*Space constraints may prevent showing all Print acceptances at the Conference. All award winners will be shown. Accepted images not included in the show will still get full credit towards that Division's Star Ratings and Who's Who listing and will be in listed the various Division PDF Online catalogs.

  Entries are processed periodically and the status reported on the Exhibition Web Site. The status report heading indicates the time/date of the last status list update. Please be patient. Updates are not automatic. Do not expect an immediate update.

If any problems are noted on the status list, please contact the Theme Division Print Co-Chairmen by going to the Theme Division Print Entry Form and clicking on Contact Chairman to resolve.

  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 Print On-Line Print Entry Form to enter Nature, Photo Travel, and Photojournalism prints, using the English Alphabet only. When ready, click on the PRINT ENTRY FORM button below and fill out the form, confirm you have read, understood, and will abide by these Conditions of Entry, and submit your entry. Your entry will not be submitted unless you confirm you have read these Conditions.

After submitting your entry on-line you will receive four (4) emails, a filled-out entry form for each of the three Divisions and one with mailing labels for shipping your prints to the Co-Chairmen. Print each entry form email and the mailing label email.

Pictorial Prints, Nature Prints, Photo Travel Prints, and Photojournalism Prints must be mailed in the same package, with entry forms for each Division/Class and mailed to:

Wally Lee, FPSA, PPSA
14045 Osage Drive
Edmond, OK 73013

If mailing entries from outside the USA, be sure the outside of your package 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.