Conditions of Entry

Pictura 2015

Conditions of Entry

  1. Pictura 2015 the International Salon of Photography is open to anyone; however an entry may be rejected when the sponsoring organisation or its agent, in its reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to exhibition rules and conditions.
  2. Entries must originate as photographs acquired digitally or scanned from film to create a digital file. Adjustment and cleaning may be performed to make the digital file match the original image. 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 divisional restrictions. 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.
  3. Each entrant may submit 4 digital images in each section. An entrant’s four images will be presented to the judges separately in 4 rounds. Decision of judges will be final and no further claims or protests will be entertained.
  4. Requirement for Digital Files: The image files must be in sRGB colour profile and in JPEG format. Maximum image size (including any borders) should be 1400px horizontal and 1050px vertical at 300dpi, saved in maximum level 10 -12. File size should not exceed 1 Mb. Entries by online submission only, directly through our website http// Entries will not be accepted in CD or e-mail.
  5. File Names: File name must be the title of the image.
  6. The images will be projected both while judging and public showings using projectors having a native resolution of SXGA+ (1400px X 1050px)
  7. Notifications will be sent by email. Results will also be posted on the website. The awarded and selected pictures will be published on our website
  8. Acceptances in all sections will be credited towards PSA and FIP Star Ratings and Who’s Who for respective sections. Acceptances will also be credited for FIAP counts.
  9. Each entrant will receive a digital catalogue in a CD form.

FIAP Definitions:

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 colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category; such works, if reproduced, will be reproduced black and white in the catalogue. On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category; such works, if reproduced, will be reproduced in colour in the catalogue.

PSA Definitions:

Monochrome: A monochrome image is defined as having varying shades of no more than one color(various shades of that color from very light to very dark) but it may be any single color. Multi-toned images (various shades of two or more colors) and greyscale images with added an accent color are not acceptable in Monochrome Class sections and must be entered in Color Class sections.

Photojournalism: Photojournalism entries shall consist of images or sequences of images with informative content and emotional impact, including human interest, documentary and spot news. The journalistic value of the image shall receive priority over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, images that misrepresent the truth and model or staged set-ups are not permitted. Techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the image, without changing the photojournalism content, are permitted. All adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to greyscale monochrome.

Travel: A Photo Travel image must express the feeling of a time and place and portray a land, its distinctive features or culture in its natural state. There are no geographical limitations. Close up pictures of people or objects must include distinguishable environment. Techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. All adjustments must appear natural. Conversion to full monochrome is acceptable. Derivations, including infrared, are unacceptable.

FIAP & PSA Common Definition for Nature:

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.