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1st PSA Metropolitan Chapter National Photographic Contest








Exhibition Chairman:          Theresa Hood

Website:                       !npc/c1e2n





Closing Date: 18 October 2015                  

Judging Date: 25 October 2015                              

Notification Date: 28 October 2015                              

Catalog Upload: 8 November 2015                           

Exhibition Date:  10 November 2015

Award Send Out Date: 22 November 2015



  • The exhibition is open to USA residents only.

  • Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of objects via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally. For digital imaging section(s) images may be acquired digitally, or scanned from traditional film to create a digital file. Images 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.

  • By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the work as his 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 may include low resolution posting on a website. The exhibition assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright.

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

  • The acceptances from this exhibition are not eligible for PSA Star Rating.




  • 4 sections:

    • PID Color – Open

    • PID Monochrome – Open

    • Nature

    • Photo Travel

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

  • For PID Color, there is no restriction regarding the theme of photos. Images 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 to 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 to the viewer. Color images can be converted to grey scale 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, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

  • Definition of Photo 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.




  • For non-PSA-MET member: 1 section: US$6; 2 sections: US$10; 3 sections: US$15; 4 sections: US$20

  • For PSA-MET member: 1 section: US$3; 2 sections: US$5; 3 sections: US$7.50; 4 sections: US$10

  • Payment by PayPal at exhibition website or PayPal to

  • Entries receive without fee will not be judged.




  • Digital image format: 8-bit JPEG, sRGB color profile, maximum image width (horizontal) is 1400 pixels and maximum image height (vertical) is 1050 pixels.

  • Each image size must be smaller than 1MB.

  • All images will be projected on the 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 PSA-MET for download.

  • Awarded images will be exhibit on the PSA-MET website.




  • Total of 180 awards will be conferred. Awards for each section includes:

    • 1 gold medal

    • 1 gold medal for PSA-MET members

    • 3 silver medals

    • 2 silver medals for PSA-MET members

    • 5 bronze medals

    • 3 bronze medals for PSA-MET members

    • 15 HMs

    • 15 HMs for PSA-MET members


  • Awards will be presented at the PSA-MET general meeting and inaugural/award ceremony on 15 November 2015. Everyone is welcome to join us. More information will followed.




  • Xinxin Liang, EPSA, Hon.FPSSNY, FPSNY, FFAPA

  • Guo Jiang Ou, EPSA, Hon.FPSSNY

  • Mohammad Ali Salim, MPSA, MFIAP, EFIAP/p

  • Rowshan Akhter, PPSA

Entry Form (Closed)
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