North American International Exhibition - Entry Requirements

Digital Sections and Definitions

Color Open

Color Creative





There are two Sections, Color Open and Color Creative.

Section 1: Color Open/ Any image that satisfies the general rules may be submitted in the Open Section. Monochrome images may NOT be entered into this Color Open Section.

However, spot color images with a grayscale background may be entered. Evaluation will be based primarily on pictorial and technical content. Any subject or theme is eligible. Images that have been manipulated extensively should be entered in the Creative Section.

Section 2: Color Creative/ For the purpose of this Exhibition, there are other labels which cover this genre such as Abstract, Altered Reality, Creative, Surreal, Contemporary. All components of the image must have been created by the entrant (the inclusion of stock images or clip art is not permitted) and the original photographic content should predominate. Artwork or computer graphics generated by the entrant may be incorporated.The image must obviously display a change in natural color, form, shape, or any combination of these three. Creative images are often montages or composites (a blending of multiple images), or content can be rearranged, replaced or added to the original image/s. High Dynamic Range (HDR) images without further changes are NOT considered altered or creative. Images may not be constructed entirely within a computer. Non­creative images are not eligible for this Section and should be submitted in the Color Open Section.



There is only one Section in Monochrome.

Section 1: 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 or 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 multicolored image modified or giving the impression of having been modified by partial toning, multi­toning or by the inclusion of spot coloring does not meet the definition of monochrome and shall be classified as a Color Work. Borders in monochrome, if any, must be colored the same as the overall image, that is, in shades of gray for a grayscale image; or toned in the same color as the rest of the image for a toned image. Monochrome images are judged both for their technical and pictorial merit. The content will be based primarily on pictorial and technical content. Any subject or theme is eligible.


There are two sections, Nature and Wildlife. Only Wildlife photographs may be entered in the Wildlife Section. Wildlife photos may also be entered in the Nature Section.

Section 1: 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 well­informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. See Definition of Nature Photography for full Nature and Wildlife definitions.

-- 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.

-- Stiched images are not permitted.

-- All allowed adjustments must appear natural.

-- Color images can be converted to grayscale monochrome.

-- Infrared images, either direct­captures or derivations, are not allowed.

Images in the 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.

Section 2: Wildlife/ (PSA Authentic Wildlife Definition) Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant (that is, still in existence) zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. See Definitions of Nature Photography for full Nature and Wildlife definitions.

A. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are NOT eligible in Wildlife sections.

B. 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 the carcasses of extant species.

Calendar:  Closing date: September 30, 2016

Judging:  October 8-9, 2016

Notifications emailed:  November 18, 2016

Mailing of Awards:  December 23, 2016

Awards: PSA Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in each section, three Judges Choice Awards in each section and six Honorable Mentions in each section.

Catalog:  The catalog of the Exhibition will be available only in the form of a PDF download from the Exhibition website.

Entry Fees:  The Entry Fees are $7 per section. All Entry Fees are payable through PayPal (PayPal will accept credit card payments). Cash or checks are NOT accepted. Entries received without fees will NOT be judged.


Nature and Wildlife

      Dean Taylor, Stockton CA

      Heidi Stover, Stockton CA

      Sharon McLemore, Stockton CA

Color, Creative, and Monochrome

      Susan Bovey, Woodland CA

      Joan Field, APSA, Danville CA

      Bruce Gregory, Meadow Vista CA


Conditions of Entry / Applies to all Divisions and Sections

Participation:  This Exhibition will be conducted according to the recommended practices of the Photographic Society of America (PSA). 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. Membership in any photographic organization is not required.

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.

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). Images may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else. 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. An image will be disqualified if it is accompanied by a statement that any or all such reproduction by the Sponsor is not permitted by the entrant. The Sponsor or its agent assumes no liability of any misuse of copyright by anyone.

Images may be altered, either electronically or otherwise, by the maker. Artwork or computer graphics created by the entrant may be incorporated provided the photographic content predominates, subject to Nature divisional restrictions. All final work must be on electronic file.

Titles will not be read at judging. Titles must be 30 characters or fewer. No titles may be visible to the judges on the projected digital image, and nothing in the digital image may identify the maker.

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:

A. May not be re­entered in any section of the same Division Star Ratings class in that exhibition regardless of media, format, or title.

B. May not be  re­titled for entry in any other PSA Recognized Exhibition.

Titles may not include file extensions such as .jpg or .jpeg, nor are camera capture file names or words such as “untitled” or “no title”; neither can titles consist solely of numbers.

To receive proper Star Ratings credit from PSA, entrants must provide their name 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.

All images received in time before the judging will be reviewed by the Exhibition organizers for compliance with Conditions of Entry. It is recommended to leave the EXIF data in the submitted files intact in order to ease eventual investigations. Any image found not to be in compliance will be disqualified and not entered into judging. The entrant will be notified of the disqualification and invited if time allows to send a substitute image.

An Entry consists of up to and including four (4) images per Section entered by a single Entrant into the same Section. The four or fewer digital images in a Section will be distributed throughout four rounds of judging for that Section. An image can only be entered once in the same North American International Exhibition.

Digital images must be in JPEG format and no larger than 3MB/3000KB. Image width must not exceed 1920 pixels and height must not exceed 1200 x 100 dpi. Images larger than the permitted size will be rejected along with a request to re­submit a correctly sized image.

Digital entries must be entered online using the online entry process. CD’s and email attachments are NOT permitted.

Digital images will be projected using a Epson 1980WU Projector.

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

The decision of the jury will be final and without appeal.

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