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2nd Metropolitan International Photographic Exhibition 





Closing Date Extended to 12 March 2017




Metropolitan Chapter, Photographic Society of America (PSA-MET)





Exhibition Chairman

Kah-Wai Lin, EPSA





Closing Date:                       3 March 2017   Closing Date Extended to 12 March 2017


Judging Date:                      19 March 2017

Notification Date:                26 March 2017                                

Catalog Upload Date:          02 April 2017                                   

e-Exhibition Date:               03 April 2017 – 03 July 2017

Exhibition Date:                  23 April 2017

Award Mailing Date:           30 April 2017


  • The exhibition is organized under the approved rules of Photographic Society of America (PSA) and The International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP).

  • The exhibition is open to anyone; however, an entry may be rejected when the sponsoring organization, in its reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to exhibition rules and conditions.

  • Submission of an entry signifies acceptance of all our conditions.

  • Each image must have a unique title. Once an image has been accepted in a PSA-recognized exhibition, that same image, or a like “in camera” or a “reproduction” duplicate of that image:

  • May not be 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 in any other PSA Recognized exhibition. All entrants must provide name and country data exactly the same in each exhibition entered to receive proper credit.

  • Words such as “Untitled” and “No Title” are not acceptable as part or all of an image’s title, nor are camera capture file names.

  • No title or identification of the maker shall be visible anywhere on the face of an image, print mat or mount.

  • With the sole act of submitting his/her images or files to a salon under FIAP Patronage, the entrant accepts without exception and with no objection that the submitted images can be investigated by FIAP to establish if these obey to FIAP regulations and definitions even if the entrant is not a member of FIAP;  that FIAP will use any means at its disposal for this undertaking; that any refusal to cooperate with FIAP or any refusal to submit the original files as captured by the camera, or failure to provide sufficient evidence, will be sanctioned by FIAP and that in case of sanctions following the non-compliance with FIAP regulations, the name of the entrant will be released in any form useful to inform the breaches of the rules. It is recommended to leave the EXIF data in the submitted files intact in order to ease eventual investigations.



  • 6 sections:

    • Open  Color - color only (PSA/PIDC, and  FIAP) 

    • Landscape - color and mono allowed (PSA/PIDC, and FIAP color/monochrome)

    • People - color and mono allowed (PSA/ PIDC, and FIAP Color/Monochrome)

    • Open Monochrome (PSA/PIDM and  FIAP Monochrome)

    • Nature (PSA / FIAP ND)

    • Photo Travel (PSA / FIAP PTD)

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



  • 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.

  • FIAP definition of monochrome: A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single color will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category; such a work can be reproduced in black and white in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage. On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one color becomes a color work (polychrome) to stand in the color category; such a work requires color reproduction in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage.

  • FIAP and PSA definition of nature: 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.

  • PSA definition of travel: 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 allowed adjustments must appear natural.

  • FIAP definition of traditional photo (apply to travel): A traditional photograph maintains the original image content with minimal adjustments which should not alter the reality of the scene and should appear natural. Rearranging, replacing, adding to or removing any part of the original image except by cropping is strictly forbidden.



  • 1 section: US$15; 2 sections: US$20; 3 sections: US$25; 4 sections: US$30; 5 sections: US$32; 6 sections: US$35

  • Entries received without fee will not be judged.

  • Payment by PayPal at exhibition website or PayPal to

  • For group entry of more than 10 people, please contact us for group discount.



  • Digital image format: JPEG, sRGB color profile, maximum image width (horizontal) is 1400 pixels and maximum image height (vertical) is 1050 pixels, maximum file size must be 1MB or less.

  • All images will be displayed on the Vizio 55” 1080p LED Smart HDTV for judging in the public.



  • 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.



  • 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.



  • Awarded images will be exhibited to the public at Princeton Public Library, New Jersey, USA on 23 April 2017.

  • Awarded and accepted images will be exhibit on the exhibition website ( from 03 April 2017 to 03 July 2017.



  • The acceptances from this exhibition are eligible:

    • PSA Star Rating and Who’s Who in PID Color, PID Monochrome, Nature Division and Photo Travel Division

    • FIAP distinctions



  • Total of 126 awards includes:

    • FIAP Blue Badge – Best Author

    • 6 PSA Gold (1 per section)

    • 6 FIAP Gold (1 per section)

    • 6 PSA-MET Gold (1 per section)

    • 6 PSA-MET Silver (1 per section)

    • 6 PSA-MET Bronze (1 per section)

    • 18 PSA Honorable Mention (3 per section)

    • 12 FIAP Honorable Mention (2 per section)

    • 60 PSA-MET Honorable Mention (10 per section)

  • Each participant can win one award per section.

  • Additional awards may be given at the discretion of the jury.



Open Color

  • Charlie Burke, FPSA, EPSA

  • Elena McTighe, FPSA, MPSA

  • Henry Ng, FPSA, EPSA



  • Nan Carder, APSA, MPSA

  • Guo Jiang Ou, MPSA

  • Xin Xin Liang, EPSA



  • Charlie Burke, FPSA, EPSA

  • Henry Ng, FPSA, EPSA

  • Rowshan Akhter, EPSA, BPSA, AFIAP


Open Monochrome

  • Nan Carder, APSA, MPSA

  • Elena McTighe, FPSA, MPSA

  • Xin Xin Liang, EPSA



  • Mohammad Ali Salim, GMPSA, MFIAP, EFIAP/P

  • Huzhong Cai, EPSA, AFIAP

  • Wenyuan Li, EPSA


Photo Travel

  • Mohammad Ali Salim, GMPSA, MFIAP, EFIAP/P

  • Guo Jiang Ou, MPSA

  • Lingyun Mao, EPSA

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