PSA Recognition PSA-2019-190

Competition Rules

Competition is open to entries of any subject matter within the constraints of the PSA Definition of Travel photography below.

There will be three judgings in the circuit and two sections:
Photo Travel—People (PSA PTD)
Photo Travel—Places

ONLINE Entry: The entry method is online which can be found by clicking the page. This is the ONLY option for submitting digital images and the ONLY method that accepts online payment.

Entrants are limited to a maximum of four (4) images in each session

All digital images MUST be in sRGB color space, in JPG format and are limited to a maximum size of 1Mb and 1400 x1050 pixels. Name, identifying marks or words in any language may not be added to any image.

Images will be displayed to the judges using Canon Projector with 1400 x 1050 native pixel dimensions.

Images by the same maker that were accepted in previous Delaware Valley Circuits, or images that are nearly identical, may not be entered. Entrants should not submit projected images that virtually duplicate each other or differ only slightly. Only one of such images will be judged.

Acceptances will be reported to the Photographic Society of America for credits towards Photo Travel Star Ratings, Who’s Who in Photography, and ROPA distinctions.

An electronic catalog will be available for free downloading and printing from the website.

PSA Definition of Travel Photography

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 images must appear natural.


Colonial, PA

Margaret Hennes, QPSA
Alex Rasputnis, PPSA
Ken Sichel

Pine Barrens, NJ

Dana Cohoon, APSA, BPSA
Marty Malgieri
Tom Tauber, APSA, MPSA

Brandywine, DE

Dee Langevin, MPSA
Lynn Maniscalco, HonPSA, EPSA
Leslie Sinclair


The following medals will be awarded:

  • A PSA Gold Medal for “Best in Show” in each judging
  • DVCCC silver medal in each section
  • Three DVCCC bronze judges’ choice medals in each section
  • DVCCC medal for the best local entry in each session

Target Acceptance Rate: 25 – 30%

Entry Fees

General Fees: USD 25 for one or two sections

All entries must include the appropriate forms and fees. Fees are payable in US Dollars by PayPal Any entry received without the required fees will not be processed but will await payment until the closing date. If no fee is received, the entry will not be judged.


Entry closing May 4, 2019
Entry judging May 11 -19, 2019
Report card June 1, 2019
Catalog August 4, 2019
Awards August 4, 2019
Public Showings TBD

General Conditions of Entry

The exhibition will be conducted according to standards and recommended procedures of the Photographic Society of America.

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.
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 in that section. Distribution of images shall be in the same round order as submitted by the entrant.

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 provided the photographic content predominates, subject to Nature, Photo Travel and Photojournalism divisional restrictions. All final work must be on photographic film, or on electronic file, or on photographic or electronic print material, mounting excepted.

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:

  • May not be entered or 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, including translation into another language.
  • Images meeting the Monochrome Definition and non-manipulated color images from the same capture shall be considered the same image and must be given the same title.
  • PSA members working on Galaxy and Diamond Star Ratings shall be allowed to continue using different titles of monochrome versions and color versions of the same capture that have already been accepted until the required number of acceptances for those titles have been completed.

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

An image may be entered in only one section where acceptances of that image in multiple sections would be eligible for the same star path.

Breach of Conditions of Entry

If at any time, it is determined in the reasonable discretion of the exhibition organizer or the judges before, during, or after the judging of an exhibition that an entrant has submitted entries where one or more images may fail to comply with these Conditions of Entry, including the stated definitions, the exhibition organizers reserve the right to delete the entry from the exhibition and void any or all acceptances or awards in connection with the exhibition. Fees may be forfeited or refunded in these circumstances. The entrant acknowledges that the decision of the exhibition organizers or the judges is final.

In order to ensure that images comply with the Conditions of Entry and definitions, the exhibition organizers may carry out reasonable measures to verify 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.

These steps include, but are not limited to, questioning any entrant, requiring the submission of RAW files or other digital files representing the original capture of the submitted image(s), confronting the entrant with evidence that one or more submitted images fails to comply with the Conditions of Entry (also known as Entry Rules), and offering the entrant a reasonable opportunity to provide counter evidence to refute the exhibition organizer’s evidence by a set deadline. Such entries that are not cleared or are still questionable after the entrant has presented evidence 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, void the acceptances of any image found to violate the PSA rules, 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 and agree to cooperate with any investigation.

Data Protection

By entering this exhibition, you are explicitly consenting to the personal details you have supplied, including email addresses, being held, processed and used by the exhibition organizers for purposes associated with this exhibition. You also explicitly consent to such information being sent to organizations that have accorded official recognition, patronage or accreditation to this exhibition. You acknowledge and accept that entering this exhibition means that the status and results of your entry may be made public.

NOTICE: When an entrant fills in the Entry Form to submit an entry the entrant will see a feature to affirm he or she has read these Conditions of Entry when he or she fills out the entry form. If the entrant does not so affirm the entry will not be submitted.

Contact Information

Delaware Valley Circuit Chair:

Valentina Sokolskaya, PPSA
700 Commodore Ct Unit 2710
Philadelphia, PA 19146

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