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PSA Travel Competition Guidelines


Photographic Society of America (PSA) Inter-Club competitions pit us against other PSA member clubs and are open to all paid LVPC members. Lee Levin-Friend is serving as our PSA Club Rep & Competition Chairperson.

Member Deadlines

There are 3 competition rounds. LVPC Member deadlines can be found on the Competitions Page and on the Calendar.

PSA Travel Definition

A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographical 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.

Travel Entry Highlights

  • Submissions: Up to three images can be entered per round and must be submitted by midnight on the Due Date. Submission information is on the Competitions Page.
  • Format & size: JPG only with sRGB color space. Resize your horizontal images to 1024 pixels wide and your vertical images to 768 pixels high. Do not exceed 1.7 MB in file size.
  • Filenames: Should include your first and last name and title: Firstname_Lastname_Title. Titles of photos that make it through LVPC judging will be read aloud during PSA judging, so make them descriptive and stay away from “cute” titles. “Micronesian Kingfisher” is better than “Orange and Blue Bird.”
  • Allowable post processing: Enhancements and modifications that improve the presentation of the image, but don’t change the truth of the original natural story. Natural-looking HDR, focus stacking, dodging and burning, cropping.
  • Unacceptable post processing: Removing pictorial elements other than by cropping, combining pictorial elements from separate images or rearranging elements.
  • Camera type: Photos may be taken digitally, or on film and scanned
  • Reprint permission: By entering the contest, you are agreeing to give permission to feature your photo with credit on our website, closed Facebook group, club e-mail messages and/ or press releases. PSA scores for your work will be shared with fellow club members and on the club website

For examples of previous top-scoring PSA images, see: http://psa-photo.org/index.php?divisions-photo-travel-interclub-competition

For examples of past LVPC PSA Travel submissions, go to the Gallery here.