Rules and Conditions of Entry
Many of our rules and conditions are set by either FIAP or the PSA (or both) as a condition of their patronage. Certain large sections of text below are marked as originating from one or other of these two sources.
General conditions of entry (PSA)
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.
Entries are limited to not more than 4 images per section, category, or class. 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 in each section. Distribution of images shall be in the same round order as submitted by the entrant.
Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of objects 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 own (aliases are not permitted). The entrant 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 may include low resolution posting on a website.
Note: Entrants who indicate that their images may not be reproduced or used will not be eligible for awards or inclusion in audio-visuals of the exhibition and could be subject to disqualification by the exhibition sponsors.
Copyright: FIAP specifies that all parts of the image have to be photographed by the author who is holding the copyright of all works submitted. The PSA conditions expand on this topic as follows.
The exhibition assumes no liability of any misuse of copyright. Images may be altered, either electronically or otherwise, by the maker. All final work must be on photographic film, or on electronic file, or on photographic or electronic print material, mounting excepted, subject to various PSA divisional restrictions.
Identification: No title or identification of the maker shall be visible anywhere on the face of an image, print mat or mount entered in a Patron recognised exhibition.
Titles: Each image must have a unique title. Once an image has been accepted in a Patron recognised exhibition, that same image, or a like “in camera” or a “reproduction” duplicate of that image,
i. may not be re-entered in any section of the same Division Star Ratings class in that exhibition regardless of media, format, or title.
ii. may not be re-titled for entry in any other Patron recognised 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.
Sometimes, the above re-titling rule is impossible to meet, as there is no international standard for the maximum length of image titles. When an image has previously been accepted in another PSA salon with a more generous title length limit than ours there is no option but to seek a way to shorten the name. However, we have always found that this can be done without changing the essential content of the original name.