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PSA Travel Photography Competition Guidelines

2016-2017 PSA Travel Photography 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.

 LVPC Member Entry Due Dates

  • Travel Round 1:  Midnight, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017
  • Travel Round 2:  Midnight, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
  • Travel Round 3:  Midnight, Sunday, May 6, 2018

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: Three images can be entered per round and should be e-mailed to by midnight on the Member Submissions Due date shown above
  • Format & size: JPG only with Adobe RGB or sRGB color space. For our internal selection process, you may submit images of any size as long as they exceed 1024 pixels wide x 768 pixels high and are less than 10 MB; however, realize that selected images will be downsized for entry to the PSA to a maximum allowed dimensions are 1024 pixels wide x 768 pixels high and will be sized to not exceed 1.7 MB.
  • Filenames: Should include your first and last name and 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: Entry assumes we have your permission to feature your photo with credit on our website, closed Facebook group, club e-mail messages or press releases. If you do not approve of one or more of these uses, please notify us at the time of your entry. Entry also assumes that PSA scores for your work can be shared with fellow club competitors and members

Examples of Prize Winning PSA Entries in Years Past: For links to top-scoring PSA Travel photos from previous years and other information, see: