Ridgewood Camera Club

Entry Rules

 

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PSA 2017 – 097

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY – DIGITAL IMAGES ONLY

34th RIDGEWOOD INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
THREE SECTIONS – Projected Image Color Class (PID – C), Nature and Nature Wildlife

CLOSING DATE:
March 15, 2017

JUDGING DATE:
March 25, 2017

REPORT CARDS:
April 8, 2017 - (emailed)

CATALOG and AWARDS:
June 10, 2017
Catalog will be an online PDF at http://www.ridgewoodcameraclub.net/exhibition_catalog.html

CHAIRPERSON:
Marie M. Kane, APSA, NJFC
36 Abbington Terrace
Glen Rock, NJ 07452, USA.
mmkpict@verizon.net mmkpict@verizon.net 

PSA RECOGNITION:

The sponsors of this International Exhibition of Photography have been awarded Recognition by PSA, the world’s largest patron of international photographic exhibitions.

Acceptances received by PSA members in approved sections of this exhibition are eligible for PSA Star Ratings, listing in the worldwide PSA Who’s Who of Photography, and credited toward the PSA Distinctions PPSA, EPSA, MPSA, GMPSA, GMPSA/b, GMPSA/s, GMPSA/g and GMPSA/p.

PSA is a nonprofit organization promoting the advancement of photography in all its forms to novice, amateur and professional photographers worldwide.

For information on membership and the many services and activities of PSA, contact:
Photographic Society of America
8241 S. Walker Avenue, Suite 104
Oklahoma City, OK 73139 - 9401 USA.

Web Site:  www.psa-photo.org
p://www.psa-photo.org 
JUDGES:
Arik Gorban
Elena McTighe, FPSA, MPSA, PSA Executive Vice President
Robert Thomas

 

THE RIDGEWOOD INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION

1. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY:

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 four images will be distributed throughout four rounds of judging in that section.
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.
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.
The exhibition assumes no liability of any misuse of copyright.  Images may be altered, either electronically or otherwise, by the maker. Artwork or computer graphics created by the entrant may be incorporated if the photographic content predominates subject to divisional restrictions. All final work must be on photographic film, or on electronic file, or on photographic or electronic print material, mounting excepted.
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 for that section.  Distribution of images shall be in the same round order as submitted by the entrant.
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 subject to Nature divisional restrictions.
No title or identification of the maker shall be visible anywhere on the face of an image, print mat or mount entered in a PSA Recognized exhibition.
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:

Words such as “Untitled” and “No Title” are not acceptable as part or all of an image’s title, nor are camera capture filenames or titles consisting of only numbers.
BREACH OF CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
If the exhibition determines before, during, or after the judging that an entrant has submitted entries where one or more images fail to comply with these Conditions of Entry, including the stated definitions, the exhibition reserves the right and discretion to delete the entry from the exhibition and void any or all acceptances or awards.  Fees may be forfeited in these circumstances.
In order to ensure that images comply with the Conditions of Entry and definitions, the exhibition may carry out checks on the images to make sure 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.
This may involve asking the entrant to provide originally captured image(s), with EXIF data intact, by a set deadline.  The questioned image(s) of any entrant failing to comply with such a request for the original image(s) 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, 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.

2. COMPETITION DIVISIONS:

Recognition received for Both Projected Image (PID) and Nature Divisions.

 

3. SECTIONS:

There will be three Sections:

COLOR OPEN/GENERAL DIGITAL (PID – C)  
NATURE DIGITAL
NATURE WILDLIFE DIGITAL

Acceptances in all sections will count towards Who’s Who and star ratings. 

The digital entries in PID - Color, Nature and Nature Wildlife Sections will be judged separately. Entries in the all three sections may only be submitted online. CD’s will not be accepted.

Projected Image Division - Color:

Acceptances in PID recognized Color sections shall be credited towards PID Color Star Ratings and Who's Who Color listings. An image that was accepted in a prior CPID recognized section of this exhibition may not be entered in a PID recognized Color section of this exhibition.

If Monochrome Images are entered in the Color Class section, they may only be used for PID Color Class Star Ratings.

Nature Definitions:

All images used in International Exhibition sections recognized by the PSA Nature Division must meet the PSA Nature Definition as follows:

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 final images must appear natural.

• Color images can be converted to grayscale 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, enclosures that make the subjects dependent on man for food, and botanical gardens.

Authentic Wildlife

All images used International Exhibition Wildlife sections recognized by the PSA Nature Division must
meet the PSA Wildlife Definition as follows:  Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the
Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms living 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.

Images meeting the Wildlife Definition may be entered in Nature sections as well as Wildlife Sections.

4. ENTRY FORM and IMAGE FILE SUBMISSIONS:

The Entry form and image files must be submitted electronically. Go to our website, www.ridgewoodcameraclub.net and use the navigation bar on the left side to point to International Exhibition and navigate to the Digital Entry Form. 

The Entry Form is divided into two parts.  The first part is for entering your personal information and is self-explanatory.  The second part is for specifying your image files.  The entry process has been streamlined to make it easier for you.  All you need to do for each image you desire to submit is to place the Title that you want associated with the image in the Title field and then use the Browse button to select the image that you want to submit.  The image can have any file name that you use for your inventory of images and need not conform to any naming convention.  It can be as ordinary as _Image_4358.JPG.

Your images need be in JPG format and should use the color profile sRGB.

The dimensions of the image are limited to 768 pixels in both directions, horizontal and vertical.  Any images that are larger than these dimensions will be rejected.  This is not a capricious specification and is done to make horizontal and vertical images the same projected size.  Digital cameras record in either a 2x3 or 3x4 aspect ratio.  Thus in the 2x3 aspect ratio both horizontal and vertical images will be the same size either 768x512 or 512x786 pixels and 4x3 aspect ratio images will be either 768x576 or 576x768 pixels.  This emulates the characteristics of a film slide whose dimensions are equal independent of whether they are horizontal or vertical images.  We will accept any file that is smaller than 2.0 MB and the aggregate of all files is limited to 32 MB.  Generate your files with the highest quality of JPG compression as long as they conform to the maximums just given.

The status of the entry fee and the files received will be listed. The list will be updated, at least weekly. Please check the status of your entries on the Web Site within the week after sending so problems can be resolved if necessary and to check on receipt of payment. The status can be found by going to the navigation bar on the left side to point to International Exhibition and navigate to the Digital Entry Status page.

 

5. JUDGING:

Judging will be done by projecting images on a screen with an Epson EMP - 81 projector at a resolution of 1024 X 768 set to 16.7 million colors. In each section the entrant’s four images will be distributed throughout four rounds of judging.

There will be three judges.  Each judge will enter a score ranging from 3 to 9. The sum of the three scores will be used to determine the acceptance level. Therefore, each Image will have a Minimum score of 9, and a Maximum score of 27.

6. ENTRY FEE

You may pay in cash, check, money order or by PayPal.

Send your Entry Fee in cash, check or money order payable to Ridgewood Camera Club, to:

Marie Kane, APSA, NJFC
36 Abbington Terrace
Glen Rock, NJ 07452, USA.

All funds must be in U.S. dollars and all checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank
To pay via PayPal just use the Pay Now button on the webpage returned after your submission has been accepted.

Fees:  All Locations - One section $8.00, two sections $14.00, three sections $18.00
Entries received without the entry fee will not be judged and the maker will not be sent any results. Fee must be received by the closing date.

7. MEDALS
The following medals will be awarded in the Projected Image Color Section - One PSA Gold and 3 Judge’s Choice medals. 

The following medals will be awarded in the Nature Open and Nature Wildlife sections:

Nature Open - One PSA Gold medal and 3 Judge’s Choice medals

Nature Wildlife - One PSA Gold medal and 3 Judge’s Choice medals

The South Jersey Camera Club offers a medal to Best New Jersey Entrant overall. 

8. ACCEPTANCE RESULTS:
A listing of acceptances and awards of the digital entries will be posted on the Internet on three Digital Medals & Acceptances pages found by using the navigation bar on the left side to point to International Exhibition and navigate to the appropriate page. This will be for a period of three months. The catalog will be sent on line to each participant by June 10, 2017.  E-mail report cards will be sent to all participants by April 1, 2017.

9. Exhibition Showings:
NY Botanical/Zoological Camera Club                                  April 22, 2017 10:00 am
Teaneck Camera Club                                                             April 25, 2017 8:00 pm
Ridgewood Camera Club                                                       April 26, 2017 8:00 pm
Morris Photo Color Camera Club                                           May 3, 2017 7:45 pm
Essex Photo Club                                                                    May 4, 2017 7:30 pm