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CONDITIONS OF ENTRY (RULES)

1st International circuit PHOTOSTOCK 2024:
Georgia, Bulgaria, Ethiopia

1. ORGANIZER and Chairman of the circuit:
RARAAVIS photo club (ILFIAP Georgia)
Mrs. Manana Metreveli
Photo.raraavis@gmail.com
mmetreveli@gmail.com
www.photo-salons.net
www.photomarket.ge
Address: Vazha-Pshavela avenue, 3 district, 27a building, app 12, Tbilisi, 0186, Georgia
Secretary of the circuit
Nino Mghebrishvili – EFIAP, QPSA, GPU CR1, FIAP liaison officer
Software provider Theiaap

Organizations
Photo club RARAAVIS (ILFIAP Georgia)
Yambol Photographic Community (Bulgaria)
Ethiopian Art Club (ILFIAP Ethiopia)

RECOGNITIONS:
FIAP 2024/235-236-237
PSA 2024-1224
GPU
PHOTOLIFE 04/2024
APG 04/2024
YPC 2024-01
IIG - 2024

FIAP – Federation Internationale de L’art Photographique
PSA – Photographic Society of America
GPU – Global Photographic Union
APG – Association of Photographers of Georgia
YPC - Yambol Photographic Community
IAAP – International Art Photographers
IIG - India International Group
EAC - Ethiopian Art Club

1st International circuit PHOTOSTOCK 2024 Georgia, Bulgaria and USA is recognized by the RARAAVIS club (ILFIAP Georgia), Association of Photographers of Georgia (OM Georgia), Yambol Photographic Community (Bulgaria) and Ethiopian Art Club (ILFIAP Ethiopia).
Entry is open to photographers all over the world. It will be organized under the approved rules of FIAP, PSA, GPU, APG, IAAP, IIG and Photolife. All acceptances will count for FIAP, PSA, GPU, APG, IAAP, IIG and for inclusion in PSA Star Rating and "Who’s Who".

1st International circuit PHOTOSTOCK 2024 consists of 3 salons:
1st International salon Georgia Photostock 2024
1st International salon Bulgaria Photostock 2024
1st International salon Ethiopia Photostock 2024

2. SECTIONS
There are three digital sections:
a) Open Color (color only) PSA PIDC
b) Open Monochrome (monochrome only) PSA PIDM
c) People (color only) PSA PIDC

An image may be entered in only one section.
Pictures created by artificial intelligence are not allowed in this circuit/salon. Any person submitting images generated by AI shall be prohibited from PSA for a period of 3 years to life. Offenders will be sanctioned for life by FIAP

3. ENTRY FEE
The entry fee for entries are to be paid by following the instructions on the website when filling out the entry form, after the upload of the photos will be finished. Payment should be in accordance with the entry fees stated there. Group discount is also specified. Cheques are not accepted. Entries for which no or insufficient payment has been received will not be judged. No Early Birds fee.
Entry fee is mandatory for all participants: Entrance fee per person for 3 salons:
1 section €35
2 sections €37
3 sections €39

Possible ways of payment – PayPal transfer.
Terms of payment (preferred) – PayPal: internationalphotosalons@gmail.com (paypal.me/photosalons). Other payment methods Money Gram/Western Union and Yandex Money are allowed. For another way for payment please contact us by email: Photo.raraavis@gmail.com
Group discounts are available:
15+ members - 15%
20+ members – 20%
25+ members – 25%
Payment comments: please write the full name of the author. Checks are not accepted. The works of the authors who did not pay the fee would not be taken into consideration.
Regardless of the results, the fee is non-refundable.

4. CALENDAR
Closing date: 9 June 2024

All judging completed by: 30 June 2024
Notifications sent by: 7 July 2024
Awards mailed by: 4 August 2024
On-Line Gallery posted by: 1 September 2024
PDF Catalog posted by: 1 September 2024
Public Showings: There will be a public projection/or exhibition of all the awards and a representative selection of the accepted in July-August 2024 in Tbilisi, Georgia, in Yambol, Bulgaria and Ethiopia.
All participants will receive individual report card notifications via e-mail. The results of the exhibition will also will be published on the website www.photo-salons.net 

5. JUDGING
The judges will evaluate all 3 sections: Open Color, Open Monochrome, People

1st International salon Georgia Photostock 2024
Vladimir Jovanovski, MPSA GPU Hermes – North Macedonia
Hengki Lee - EFIAP, PPSA, - Indonesia
Monica Giudice  EFIAP/s EPSA - Italy

1st International salon Bulgaria Photostock 2024
Konstantin Zaykov, EFIAP, - Bulgaria
Roberto De Leonardis  EFIAPd1  EPSA - Italy
Lewis Choi, FPSA, GMPSA/G, EFIAP/p –Hong Kong

1st International salon Ethiopia Photostock 2024
Tomazs Okoniewski EFIAP/d2, MPSA, BPSA, AFRP, GPU CR4 - Poland
Sophio Melikidze, MAPG, EP Georgia
Mzia Lekveishvili - MAPG, EP Georgia

6. AWARDS
1st International circuit PHOTOSTOCK 2024
Georgia, Bulgaria, Ethiopia
Totally 311 awards: 3 FIAP Blue Badge, APG Green Badge, 3 APG plaques, 76 medals, 108 HM, 120 Diplomas
altogether: 311 awards
GRAND PRIX
APG Green Badge for the Best Author of the circuit
3 Special plaques and 3 Diplomas for 3 best clubs in the circuit
Circuit Chairman Choice – one Gold medal
The organizer remains the right to reduce some awards if there will be a small amount of entrants.

7. CATALOG
Online PDF Catalog downloadable from web site www.photo-salons.net by exhibitors

8. GENERAL CONDITIONS
IMAGE AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:   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 ES-COE. Membership in any photographic organization is not required.
Entries will not be accepted from any entrant who is on the PSA Penalties List for Ethics Violation. Entry fees are not refundable in these circumstances.
Image creation and ownership
In all sections of the exhibition, images must originate as photographs made by the entrant. They may not incorporate identifiable images produced by anyone else (for example: clip art, replacement skies, or stock images).  Images created in whole or in part by image creation software (frequently called ‘AI’ images) are not allowed. Editing or alteration of images is permitted within the limits specified in the relevant section definitions that are available here https://psa-photo.org/page/division-definitions
Any person submitting or attempting to submit a totally AI generated image that does not begin with a light capture from the maker, from any Photographic Society of America exhibition, social media, event, or publication, other than for editorial purposes, shall be prohibited from PSA for a period of from 3 years to life.
PSA Star Ratings:  To receive proper Star ratings credit from PSA, entrants must provide their names and country exactly the same way in each exhibition. Aliases are not permitted. Please contact PSA in the event of name changes or relocating to another country. Using one’s name differently in different exhibition exposes the entrant to the risk that many of their acceptances may not be recognized by PSA Star Ratings.
Reproduction:  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.  The Photographic Society of America (PSA) may request specific permission from entrants to reproduce entered images in its educational materials. The terms of that permission will be mutually agreed between the entrant and PSA except in the circumstances where the entered image is found to breach the PSA Ethics Policy. In those circumstances the image may be reproduced by PSA, without the entrant’s further permission, for educational purposes to illustrate serious exhibition rule violations. For those reproductions, the entrant’s name will be withheld
Entries will not be accepted from entrants who indicate that their images may not be reproduced in materials related to the exhibition.  The exhibition assumes no liability of any misuse of copyright
Re-use of accepted images: Any image that has been accepted in this exhibition, past or present, may not be entered again in the same Division Star Ratings Class in any future instances of this exhibition.  It may, of course, be entered in any other PSA recognised exhibitions but must always have the same title. Re-titling in another language is not allowed.
Entry: 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. Entrants may not enter identical or similar images into the same section or different sections of the same exhibition. Similar is defined as almost identical in subject, composition, props, lighting, or technique so that a reasonable person viewing the entries together would decide the entrant has duplicated the previous image except for minor changes.
Titles: Each image must have a unique title that relates to the content of the image. 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 entrant. Titles may not include file extensions such as .jpg or .jpeg (or any other camera capture filenames such as IMG 471). Titles may not consist of personal identifiers possibly augmented by a number; or include words such as “untitled” or “no title”. Titles may not consist solely of numbers unless those numbers are prominently contained within the image, such as a contestant number in a race.
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.

9. ENTRY FORM
Authors submit photos online on www.photo-salons.net. Each entry-form must be written only in English. If any problems are unresolved during online registration, entrants can send the registration form with competitive images  via email: photo.raraavis@gmail.com

 

10. PHOTOGRAPHS
Photos must be in JPG file format, Entries size requirements: The maximum sizes of image 1920X1080 pixels (for horizontal side 1920, for vertical side 1080). Max. file size 2 MB. Oversized images will be rejected, and will have to be resubmitted. Image titles should be as you would want it to appear in the catalogue. Only English letters (a-z) are allowed. An entrant's four images will be distributed throughout four rounds of judging for all sections. The images received from entrants will be judged at 100% of the maximum permitted pixel size. Digital images must not be altered, including resizing, by the Exhibition before judging.

11. ORGANISATION
The Exhibition will be conducted in accordance with the rules of the PSA and FIAP
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 round order as submitted by the entrant. An image may be entered in only one section. At no stage will a judge be able to view all the entrant’s images together.

 

12. JUDGING METHOD
The judging will be conducted by remote on-line. The judges will be using color-calibrated monitors. Judges will be using equipment capable of displaying images a 100% of the image resolution. All the judges will meet via video link to allocate the awards.
Target Range: This should not be no more than 30%

13. DATA PROTECTION
By entering this exhibition, you are explicitly consenting to the personal details you have supplied, including physical addresses, 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, agree and accept that by entering this exhibition, your participation status which includes your first and last name, name of the country used during registration at the exhibition, number of sections entered and number of photos entered in those sections will be made public in a published status list and that the results of your entry shall be made public in exhibition gallery, exhibition catalog. You also agree and accept the policies regarding Breaches of Rules of the PSA. And FIAP
SUBJECT MATTER AND SECTION DEFINITIONS
Statement on Subject Matter - applicable to all sections
The fundamental rule that must be observed at all times and applies to all sections offered in exhibitions with PSA recognition is that the welfare of living creatures is more important than any 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 exhibition with PSA recognition.  Under no circumstances may a living creature be placed in a situation where it will be killed, injured or stressed for the purpose of obtaining a photograph. Images that show live creatures being fed to captive animals, birds or reptiles are not permitted under any circumstances.
There are also concerns about the use of aerial photography, drones, helicopters, low flying aircraft. These should not cause any interference with other individuals or animals which causes a disturbance in their normal activity or disrupt the way any individuals or animals interact with their environment.  Entrants in PSA recognized exhibitions should comply with all relevant laws and regulations, associated with aerial photography, in the country in which the image was taken.
Entry into PSA recognized exhibitions is conditional on accepting these policies.  The content of images must comply with the 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, will be disqualified so the entrant may be aware of the problem when considering entry into other exhibitions with PSA recognition.
FIAP Definition of “Traditional Photo”
A traditional photograph maintains the original single capture image content with minimal adjustments which should not alter the reality of the scene and should appear natural. Rearranging, replacing, adding to or removing any part of the original image except by cropping is strictly forbidden.
HDR (High Dynamic Range) and focus-stacking techniques, whether done in camera or post-capture, are strictly forbidden.

14. MONOCHROME DEFINITIONS
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.
PSA Monochrome Definition
An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e. contains only shades of grey which can include pure black and pure white) OR it gives the impression of being a greyscale image that has been toned in one color across the entire image. (For example by Sepia, red, gold, etc.) A greyscale 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.
Monochrome images may not be entered in color sections of PPD or PID.
People Definition (color only) PSA PIDC
Show us people in all situations, such as daily life, street photography, traditions, portrait, people at work, social events, human relations and etc. The main subject in the photo must be one or more human.
Only Color images are allowed in the People section
PSA Rules
Non-compliance
See the PSA Ethics Policy at https://psa-photo.org/page/ethical-practices.
See the PSA statement on Subject Matter at https://psa-photo.org/page/division-definitions
If, in the discretion of the exhibition organizer or the judges, an entrant has submitted that may fail to comply with these Conditions of Entry, they are allowed to request unedited or raw files of the submitted image.
For composite images all files are required.
Exhibition organizers may verify that:
a) the images are the original work of the entrant
b) the images comply with the rules and definitions as set out in these ES-COE
Such entries may be referred to PSA for further investigation of possible ethics violations.
PSA retains the right to investigate all complaints, impose penalties 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.
If another party is processing and/or submitting images on the entrant’s behalf, the entrant will still be held responsible for adhering to the entry rules and will be subject to penalties for any violations to these Conditions of Entry or to PSA’s Statement of Ethics.
Notice to entrants
NOTICE: When entrants fills in the Entry Form to submit an entry they will see the following feature to affirm they have read these Conditions of Entry
“I hereby confirm that I have read, understood and agree to the Conditions of Entry of this exhibition. I have read the PSA document to be found at https://psa-photo.org/resource/resmgr/pdf/exhibitions_/exhibition-entrants-agreemen.pdf . I am aware that PSA may apply penalties for breaches of these Conditions of Entry”
““I hereby expressly agree to FIAP document 040/2023 « Conditions and regulations for FIAP
Patronage » and FIAP document 038/2023 « 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 040/2023, dealing under Section II.2 and II.3
with the FIAP participation rules, the sanctions for breaching FIAP regulations and the red list.”.”
Failure to agree will mean that the application will not proceed.