Conditions of entry


This exhibition is open to anyone; however, an entry
may be rejected when the Sponsor or the Exhibition Organizers, in their reasonable
discretion, believes the entry does not conform to exhibition rules and these Conditions of
Entry. Membership in any photographic organization is not required.
Sanctions: Entries will not be accepted from any entrant who is currently sanctioned by PSA or FIAP.

PSA Star Ratings
To receive proper Star ratings credit from PSA, entrants must provide their names 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
Image Creation
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 image, the entrant certifies the work as his or her own. Images
may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else (for example: clip art, images or art
by others downloaded from the Internet). Aliases are not allowed. 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

Alteration and Computer Generation

Subject to Divisional restrictions (particularly Nature, Photo Travel, and Photojournalism) images may be altered, either electronically or otherwise, by the maker. Adjustments to enhance images or creatively modify images are allowed providing the underlying photograph is retained in a way that is obvious to the viewer. Images may not be constructed entirely with a computer, and must be the sole work
of the author.

Re-use of accepted images

Once an image has been accepted in a PSA Recognized exhibition, any identical image, or near identical image, may not, in future, 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 into any other PSA Recognized exhibition, including translation into another language.


An Entry consists of, up to and including, four (4) images entered by a single Entrant
into the same Section. An entrant may only enter a specific Section once.


Each image must have a unique title. That unique title must be used for entry of that image
or of an Identical Image into any and all PSA-Recognized exhibitions. Titles must be 35
characters or fewer. No titles may be visible to the judges, and nothing in the image may
identify the maker. Titles must not include file extensions such as .jpg or .jpeg (or any other
camera capture filenames), or words such as “untitled” or “no title”. Titles may not consist
solely of numbers.

Color and Monochrome

Color and Monochrome images from the same capture that share substantial pictorial
content in common will be considered the same image and must be given the same title.
However, PSA members working on Galaxy and Diamond Star Ratings are 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 has been completed.

The exhibition assumes no liability of any misuse of copyright. Images may be altered, either electronically or otherwise, by the maker. All parts of the image must have been
photographed by the author who is holding the copyright of all works submitted. 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:

i. 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.
ii. may not be re-titled for entry in any other PSA Recognized exhibition, including translation into another language.
iii. 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.
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 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 will be in the same order as submitted by the entrant.
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.

Print requirements:
No more than four prints per section, per author.

All prints must be printed on A4 paper (29,7 x 21 cm/30 x 20 cm/12 x 8,5 inches), NOT
smaller size!

Any prints which exceed or falls below this size will be rejected. The requirement has got
NOTHING to do with the actual picture format – only the paper size.

Prints must be UNMOUNTED, and sent flat, NOT as a roll!

The salon is NOT allowed under any circumstance to produce or facilitate printing on
behalf of an entrant!

Prints will not be returned! Will be destroyed after exhibition – unless you have elected to
have them forwarded to Swedish small prints 2022.

Each work must state clearly on the back, name and country of the author, title of the work
and ID-number exactly as on the entry form. The confirmation with the ID number may be
used as label, if you want to. No information is to be put on the face side.
Only pressure sensitive (self-adhesive) labels may be used on the backs of unmounted prints.

Foreign entries please mark your packages “Photographs for exhibition, no commercial
value”. Customs slips must indicate this as well. Packages being picked up by customs as
valuable will NOT be accepted.

Entries will not be judged without an entry form, completed on our website, together with
the full payment of entry fee.

Entry form found on


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. Submitting the form also affirms the permission to destroy the prints after the exhibition.

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 which 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.
Your email address and contact information will not be made public.


Lanterna Magica
In the 17th century there was an immense interest in optics. The telescope and microscope
were invented (in 1608 and the 1620s respectively) and apart from being useful to some
scientists, such instruments were especially popular as entertaining curiosities with people
who could afford them. The magic lantern would prove to be a perfect successor. Prominent Dutch scientist, Christiaan Huygens is nowadays widely accepted as the true inventor of the magic lantern. The magic lantern was not only a direct ancestor of the motion picture projector as a means for visual storytelling, but it could itself be used to project moving images. Some suggestion of movement could be achieved by alternating between pictures of different phases of a motion, but most magic lantern “animations” used two glass slides projected together – one with the stationary part of the picture and the other with the part that could be set in motion by hand or by a simple mechanism.
Movement of projected images was also possible by moving the magic lantern itself. This
became a staple technique in phantasmagoria shows in the late 18th century, often with the lantern sliding on rails or riding on small wheels and hidden from the view of the audience behind the projection screen. Phantasmagoria was a form of horror theater that used one or more magic lanterns to project frightening images, especially of ghosts. Showmen used rear projection, mobile or portable projectors and all kinds of effects to produce convincing necromantic experiences. It was very popular in Europe from the late 18th century to well into the 19th century. (Source: wikipedia)

The Lanterna Magica section welcomes any and all images honoring this tradition. We want
to see anything from killer clowns to gothic horror themed images, from mythic creatures to ghost stories. Anything that ties in with the exhibition planned for a Halloween opening.
On a final note the actual name of the technique was Laterna magica, not Lanterna magica,
the salon name evolved from a spelling error, but the decision was made to let it stand as is.

PSA definition of Monochrome Photography
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 and 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 multi-colored image modified or giving the impression of having been
modified by partial toning, multi toning or by the inclusion of spot coloring does not meet
the definition of monochrome and shall be classified as a Color Work.

FIAP Definition of the black and white photography (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 a work can be reproduced in black and
white in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage.
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 a work requires colour reproduction in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage.
All entries shall conform to the stricter of these definitions for acceptances to be validated
by all the International organizations granting recognition or patronage.

Breaches of rules:
By the sole act of submitting his/her images or files to a salon under FIAP Patronage, the
entrant accepts without exception and with no objection that the submitted images can be
investigated by FIAP to establish if these obey to FIAP regulations and definitions even if the entrant is not a member of FIAP; that FIAP will use any means at its disposal for this
undertaking; that any refusal to cooperate with FIAP or any refusal to submit the original
files as captured by the camera, or failure to provide sufficient evidence, will be sanctioned
by FIAP and that in case of sanctions following the non compliance with FIAP regulations, the name of the entrant will be released in any form useful to inform the breaches of the rules.
It is recommended to leave the EXIF data in the submitted files intact in order to ease
eventual investigations.

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.

Notice to entrants:


In order to have legal authority on those who do not respect the rules of FIAP,
the organiser must make sure that all participants of an online event under FIAP Patronage
tick a box next to which the following text is stated:
“I hereby expressly agree to FIAP document 018/2017 « Conditions and regulations for
FIAP Patronage » and FIAP document 017/2017 « Sanctions for breaching FIAP
regulations and the red list ». I am particularly aware of chapter II « Regulations for
International photographic events under FIAP patronage » of FIAP document 018/2017,
dealing under Section II.2 and II.3 with the FIAP participation rules, the sanctions for
breaching FIAP regulations and the red list.
FIAP documents 018/2017 and 017/2017 must be linked to this paragraph so that
participants can consult it


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
PSA Statement on Subject Matter
There is one hard and fast rule, whose spirit must be observed at all times and applies to all
sections offered in PSA recognised exhibitions. 
The welfare of the subject is more important than the photograph.
This means that practices such as baiting of subjects with a living creature and removal of
birds from nests, for the purpose of obtaining a photograph, are highly unethical, and such
photographs are not allowed in any PSA exhibitions.
There is also a PSA policy on the use of aerial photography – aircraft, helicopters and drones.
This policy can be found at .
The purpose of this policy is to prevent any interference with other individuals or animals
which will or may cause a disturbance in their normal activity or disrupt the way any
individuals or animals interact with their environment. Entry in this exhibition requires
exhibitors to agree to this and other PSA policies.
The content of images must comply with these General Conditions and with the Division and Section definitions listed in these conditions. Images that – in the sole opinion of the judges or the Exhibition Organizers – do not comply are likely to be disqualified so the entrant may be aware of the problem when considering entry into other PSA recognized exhibitions.

Author copyright

Each entrant owns the copyright of the submitted images. The entrant certifies the work as
his/her own. The entrant permits the organizers to reproduce the entered material free of
charge for promotional purposes related to the exhibition, like the catalogue, photo CD/DVD and the website, unless specifically stated otherwise by the entrant on the entry form.