7th Metropolitan International Exhibition of Photography



Metropolitan Chapter of Photographic Society of America (PSA)

Website http://www.psa-met.com/

Email: psa.metropolitan@hotmail.com



Exhibition Chairman

Guo Jiang Ou (John) APSA, GMPSA, EFIAP

Website: http://www.psa-met.com/

Email: psa.metropolitan@hotmail.com



The exhibition is organized under the approved rules of Photographic Society of America (PSA). 

The exhibition recognized by PSA and GPU.



  • 6 sections:

    • Color Open (PSA  PIDC)    Color only

    • Landscape (PSA  PIDC)     Color  only

    • People (PSA  PIDC)            Color only

    • Open Monochrome (PSA PIDM)   Mono only

    • Nature (PSA ND)               Color and Mono

    • Photo Travel (PSA PTD)    Color and Mono

  • Each participant can enter up to 4 images per section.



  • Entries received without fee will not be judged.

  • Payment by PayPal at exhibition website.

  • The Exhibition PayPal account: admin@psa-photo.org



Closing Date:                            August 22, 2022

Judging Date:                           August 28, 2022

Notification Date                     September 12, 2022

Gallery Online Date:                October 23, 2022

Award and catalog Mailing:  November 6, 2022


Elena McTighe Hon PSA, MPSA, ESFIAP   NJ USA                    Judge to PIDC Open, PIDM Open.

Mohammad Ali Salim APSA, GMPSA, GPSA, MFIAP, ARPS  NY USA   Judge to PIDC Open, PTD.

Xin Xin Liang APSA, MPSA EFIAP    NY USA                          Judge to PIDC Open, PIDM Open, ND.

Rowshan Akhter  MPSA, BPSA, EFIAP/Silver​    NY USA          Judge to PIDC Landscape, ND

Trudy Runyan  APSA, EPSA      NY USA                                Judge to PIDC People, PTD

Rick Mei AFIAP    NY USA                                                    Judge to PIDC Landscape, PIDC People

Xiaoying Shi EPSA     NY USA                                             Judge to PIDC Landscape, PIDC People

Andrew Kurchey  APSA   NY USA                                       Judge to PIDM Open

Huzhong Cai EPSA      NY USA                                            Judge to PTD, ND



Total of 138 awards includes:

  • 6 PSA Gold (1 per section)

  • 6 GPU Gold (1 per section)

  • 6 IAAP Gold (1 per section)

  • 6 PSA-Met Gold (1 per section)

  • 6 Chair Award (PSA-Met Gold. 1 per section)

  • 18 PSA-Met Silver (3 per section)

  • 24 PSA-Met Bronze (4 per section)

  • 12 GPU Honorable Mention (2 per section)

  • 6 IAAP Honorable Mention (1 per section)

  • 48 PSA-Met Honorable Mention (8 per section)

Each participant can win one award per section.



  • Results will be notified by email and all the judging results are final.

  • Electronic catalog in PDF will be produced and available at the exhibition website for download.



This exhibition is open to anyone; however, an entry may be rejected when the Sponsor or the Exhibition Organizers, in their reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to exhibition rules and these Conditions of Entry. Membership in any photographic organization is not required.


Sanctions: Entries will not be accepted from any entrant who is currently sanctioned by PSA.


PSA Star Ratings

To receive proper Star ratings credit from PSA, entrants must provide their names and country exactly the same in each exhibition. Aliases are not permitted. Please contact PSA in the event of name changes or relocating to another country

Image Creation
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 image, the entrant certifies the work as his or her own (.Images may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else (for example: clip art, images or art by others downloaded from the Internet). Aliases are not allowed. 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. The exhibition assumes no liability of any misuse of copyright


Alteration and Computer Generation Subject to Divisional restrictions (particularly Nature, Photo Travel, and Photojournalism) images may be altered, either electronically or otherwise, by the maker. Adjustments to enhance images or creatively modify images are allowed providing the underlying photograph is retained in a way that is obvious to the viewer.  Images may not be constructed entirely with a computer, and must be the sole work of the author


Re-use of accepted images: Once an image has been accepted in a PSA Recognized exhibition, any identical image, or near identical image, may not, in future, be entered or re-entered in any section of the same Division Star Ratings class in that exhibition regardless of media, format, or title; may not be re-titled for entry into any other PSA Recognized exhibition, including translation into another language.


Entry: An Entry consists of, up to and including, four (4) images entered by a single Entrant into the same Section. An entrant may only enter a specific Section once.


Titles: Each image must have a unique title. That unique title must be used for entry of that image or of an identical image into any and all PSA-Recognized exhibitions. Titles must be 35 characters or fewer. No titles may be visible to the judges, and nothing in the image may identify the maker. Titles must not include file extensions such as .jpg or .jpeg (or any other camera capture filenames), or words such as "untitled" or "no title". Titles may not consist solely of numbers.


Color and Monochrome:

Color and Monochrome images from the same capture that share substantial pictorial content in common will be considered the same image and must be given the same title.

However, PSA members working on Galaxy and Diamond Star Ratings are allowed to continue using different titles of monochrome versions and color versions of the same capture that have already been accepted until the required number of acceptances for those titles has been completed.



Notices to entrants:

The Exhibition will be conducted in accordance with the rules of the PSA.

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 that section. Distribution of images will be in the same round order as submitted by the entrant.

When an entrant fills in the Entry Form to submit an entry the entrant will see a feature to affirm he or she has read these Conditions of Entry when he or she fills out the entry form.  If the entrant does not so affirm the entry will not be submitted



Digital image format: JPEG, sRGB color profile, maximum image width (horizontal) is 1400 pixels and maximum image height (vertical) is 1050 pixels, file size is less than 2MB.



  • Remote online judging.

  • All judging computer’s display resolution set on 1400 x 1050 pixels, and monitors be color-calibrated.

  • The equipment used will be capable of displaying images at 100% of the image resolution.

  • The Target Range will be 28 to 34%



Each entrant owns the copyright of the submitted images. The entrant certifies the work as his own. The entrant permits the organizers to reproduce the entered material free of charge for promotional purposes related to the circuit, like catalog and website, unless specifically stated otherwise by the entrant on the entry form.



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 that the status and results of your entry may be made public.



Statement on Subject Matter applicable to all sections

The fundamental rule that must be observed at all times and applies to all sections offered in exhibitions with FIAP patronage or PSA recognition is that the welfare of living creatures is more important than any photograph. This means that practices such as baiting of subjects with a living creature and removal of birds from nests, for the purpose of obtaining a photograph, are highly unethical, and such photographs are not allowed in any exhibition with FIAP patronage or PSA recognition.  Under no circumstances may a living creature be placed in a situation where it will be killed, injured or stressed for the purpose of obtaining a photograph. This rule applies regardless of whether or not the creature being killed, injured or stressed is visible in the captured image.


There are also concerns about the use of aerial photography, drones, helicopters, low flying aircraft. These should not cause any interference with other individuals or animals which causes a disturbance in their normal activity or disrupt the way any  individuals or animals interact with their environment.

Entry in this exhibition is conditional on accepting these policies.  The content of images must comply with these General Conditions and with the Division and Section definitions listed in these conditions. Images that - in the sole opinion of the judges or the Exhibition Organizers - do not comply, will be disqualified so the entrant may be aware of the problem when considering entry into other exhibitions with FIAP patronage/PSA recognition.

Further details on the PSA's drone policy may be found at https://psa-photo.org/index.php?psa-policies#drone

PSA definition of monochrome:

An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e. contains only shades of gray which can include pure black and pure white) OR it gives the impression of being a grayscale image that has been toned in one color across the entire image. (For example by sepia, red, gold, etc.). A grayscale 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.


Attention is drawn to the PSA Statement on Subject Matter which applies to all sections

PSA Nature Definition

Nature photography records all branches of natural history except anthropology and archaeology. This includes all aspects of the physical world, both animate and inanimate, that have not been made or modified by humans.

Nature images must convey the truth of the scene that was photographed. A well-informed person should be able to identify the subject of the image and be satisfied that it has been presented honestly and that no unethical practices have been used to control the subject or capture the image. Images that directly or indirectly show any human activity that threatens the life or welfare of a living organism are not allowed.

The most important part of a Nature image is the nature story it tells. High technical standards are expected and the image must look natural. Adding a vignette or blurring the background during processing is not allowed.

Objects created by humans, and evidence of human activity, are allowed in Nature images only when they are a necessary part of the Nature story.

Photographs of human-created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domesticated animals, human-created hybrid animals and mounted or preserved zoological specimens are not allowed.

Images taken with subjects under controlled conditions, such as zoos, are allowed.

Controlling live subjects by chilling, anaesthetic or any other method of restricting natural movement for the purpose of a photograph is not allowed.

No modification that changes the truth of a Nature image is allowed.  Images may be cropped but no other technique that removes, adds or moves any part of the image is allowed.

Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise and lens flare are allowed.

Complete conversion of colour images to greyscale monochrome is allowed. Partial conversion, toning and infrared captures or conversions are not allowed.

Images of the same subject that are combined in-camera or with software by focus stacking or exposure blending are allowed. Multiple images with overlapping fields of view that are taken consecutively and combined in-camera or with software (image stitching) are allowed.


Attention is drawn to the PSA Statement on Subject Matter which applies to all sections


PSA definition of Photo Travel:

PSA Statement on the welfare of the subject

A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally.  There are no geographical limitations.  Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not permitted. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the location.

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 look natural.


Attention is drawn to the PSA Statement on Subject Matter which applies to all sections


For the purpose of this exhibition vignettes are not allowed in Photo Travel Digital  images.  Any border added must be a single border of white or grey, no greater than 3 -5 pixels in width.   


Definition of PIDC Themed section "Landscape"

Images of landscapes, cityscapes, or seascapes can be entered into this section. 


Attention is drawn to the PSA Statement on Subject Matter which applies to all sections


Definition of PIDC Themed section "People"

Images that focuses on people. It can reflect any human interaction that show actives in daily work or home life, such as street photography, people at work, social events, human relations and portraits, etc. The main subject in the photo must be one or more human.


Attention is drawn to the PSA Statement on Subject Matter which applies to all sections


Breaches of Rules:

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.

     If another party is submitting images on the entrant’s behalf, the entrant will still be held responsible for adhering to these Conditions of Entry (Entry Rules) and will be subject to sanction for any violations to these Conditions of Entry and PSA’s Statement of Ethics that may result.

Further details on the PSA's drone policy may be found at https://psa-photo.org/index.php?psa-policies#drone


NOTICE: When an entrant fills in the Entry Form to submit an entry the entrant will see a feature to affirm he or she has read these Conditions of Entry when he or she fills out the entry form.  If the entrant does not so affirm the entry will not be submitted