Conditions of Entry

1. Organizer

         The Vietnamese Photographic Society of California (pscvn.org)

2. Eligibility:

         The exhibition will be conducted according to the recommended practices of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) . The exhibition is open to anyone; however, an entry might be rejected when the sponsoring organization, or its agent,in its reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to exhibition rules and conditions.

3. Image Creation and Alteration:

         Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of objects via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally. Images for the PSA’s Pictorial Image Division (PID) may be altered, either digitally or otherwise, by the maker, and artwork or computer graphics created by the entrant may be incorporated, if the photographic content predominates subject to Nature divisional restrictions and in such a way that is obvious to the viewer.

4. Certification:

         By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the work as his own (aliases are not permitted) 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 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.
         The Vietnamese Photographic Society of California (PSCVN) reserves the rights to reject any images if they are deemed inappropriate for the exhibition. The Sponsor also assumes no responsibility for any misuse of copyright by anyone.

5. Email Communication:

         By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant accepts that his/her email address will be used for communicating information about this exhibition, and might be used for announcements of future PSA-recognized exhibitions sponsored.

6. Titles:

         File name will be used as title for each image entry. Titles will follow standard American/English alphabets and will not support unicode with symbols from other foreign languages. Titles will not be read at judging. Each title must have maximum of 35 characters. No titles may be visible to the judges. Titles may only include file extension of ".jpg" such as "title.jpg" ( ".jpeg" will not be accepted). Also, titles may not include words such as “untitled” or “no title”; neither can titles consist solely of numbers. No title, watermark, or identification of the maker shall be visible anywhere on the face of an image. Once an image has been accepted in PSA recognized exhibition, that same, or alike “in camera” or “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 PSA recognized exhibition.

7. Dates and Sections:

         Closing Date: October 28th , 2016
         Start of judging date: October 30th, 2016
         End of judging date: October 30th, 2016
         Results emailed: November 13th, 2016
         Catalog available: December 13rd, 2016
         Exhibition: January 7th, 2017 in Santa Ana, California

There will be a total of 6 sections (2 sections/division)
         A. Projected Image Division – Color class:
                  a. Open/General Color
                  b. Theme: Flower
         B. Projected Image Division – Monochrome class:
                  a. Open/General Monochrome
                  b. Theme: Buildings (Including architectural parts of a building)
         C. Nature Division:
                  a. Open/General Nature
                  b. Nature Wildlife

8. List of judges:

         1. Nan Carder, MPSA
         2. Ngoc-Thai Dang, EFIAP
         3. Suzanne Gonzalez

9. Entry per category:

         Each entrant is entitled to submit a maximum of four (4) images in each category. An entrant’s four images will be distributed throughout four rounds of judging. The same image cannot be enrolled for more than one category.
         There are no restrictions as to subject matter except as outlined in the rules and definitions of specific sections, or specified by law in the country where the exhibition is held.

10. Entry Image Dimensions, Format, and Submission:

         Each image must have a maximum width of 1400 pixels and a maximum height of 1050 pixels (examples: 1400px (width) x 1000px (height) or 800px (width) x 1050px (height) ) in jpg format, 300 dpi resolution, sRGB color space, and NOT exceeding 10.0MB each.
         All submitted images must NOT have borders or framings.
         The images will be judged at 100% of the image size as received from the entrant. Images submitted at smaller size will be projected at exactly same size on screen during judging.

11. Entry Fee:

         $10.00 USD per section for the first 3 sections. After that, $5.00 USD for each additional section.
         Fee can be paid by Paypal in USD.
         Entries received without payment by closing date will not be judged.

12. Judging display

         The entry images will be displayed on Asus PB278Q IPS LED monitor with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 100% sRGB, and calibrated with Spyder Pro.

13. Awards/Acceptance Results:

         Judges decisions are irrevocable. A listing and images of acceptances and wards will be posted at the website http://www.pscvn.org
         Minimum acceptance will be 25%.

14. Catalog:

         Catalog in pdf format will be available on our exhibition website http://exhibition.pscvn.org for direct download.

15. PSA Nature Photography Definition:

         Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, 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 are 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 are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

         Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife. 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, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

         Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species. Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections of Exhibitions.

16. FIAP Nature Photography Definition:

         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 are 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 are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

         Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife.

         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, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

         Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species.

         Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections of Exhibitions.

17. PSA Monochrome Photography Definition:

         An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e. contains only shades of grey which can include pure black and pure white) OR it gives the impression of being a greyscale image that has been toned in one color across the entire image. (For example by Sepia, red, gold, etc.) A greyscale or multi-colored image modified or giving the impression of having been modified by partial toning, multi toning or by the inclusion of spot coloring does not meet the definition of monochrome and shall be classified as a Color Work.