Deadline for Receipt of Entries - Saturday, July 20, 2013

Jerry R. BiddlecomEmail: biddlecomjerry@comcast.net
19420 NW 62nd Place
Hialeah, FL 33015
USAPhone: +1-305-621-7698

The PSA Nature Division offers two Print sections for the 2013 PSA International:

(1) Open section
(2) Wildlife section

All entries must conform to the Nature Definition given below.

All entries ind the Wildlife section must conform to the Nature Definition given below and the Wildlife Definition given below.

An entry consists of 1-4 *.jpg images in one section by a single person. Entries in each section will be judged in 4 rounds using a 15 point scoring system (1-5 points/judge).

All acceptances in each section are eligible for Nature Star Ratings subject to the requirements of the Nature Division.

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.

A FRIENDLY NOTE - Please read these Information and Conditions of Entry fully. The information and requirements are not there to make things more difficult for you. They are there to maximize having your images projected at their best for judging and to maximize your chances for acceptances and awards.

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well informed person will be able to identify the subject material and to certify as to its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements enhance the nature story. The presence of scientific bands, scientific tags, or radio collars on wild animals is permissible. Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals, mounted specimens, or obviously set arrangements, are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. No techniques that add to, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content are permitted. All adjustments must appear natural.

PLEASE NOTE: Human elements are not limited to people in the image. Objects made by humans, such as roads, fences, signs, power lines, cell towers and buildings (or parts of buildings), are also considered human elements. Jesses and thongs on legs of raptors and other birds are considered human elements, not scientific banding, and are therefore included in this restriction. Sensor dust on digital captures and rounded corners of scanned images are not considered pictorial elements and may be removed.

Authentic wildlife is defined as one or more organisms living free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Therefore, landscapes, photographs of zoo animals, game farm animals or any living subject taken under controlled conditions are not eligible for Wildlife competitions. Authentic wildlife is not limited to uncontrolled zoological subjects. Land and marine botanical subjects in the wild (including fungi and algae) are also eligible subjects, as are animal carcasses.

Candy Childrey, PPSA - Coral Springs, FL
Larry Durbin, APSA, PPSA - Sun City, AZ
Elena McTighe, APSA, EPSA - Sea Girt, NJ

Non-return Print Fees
World Wide
1 Section Non-Return$ 7 US
2 Sections Non-Return$ 9 US

Return Print Fees
North AmericaOther
1 Section Return$12 US Total$24 US Total
2 Sections Return$18 US Total$32 US Total

Mounted Print FeesMounted prints not allowed

PayPal is available for payment on-line. Please note that you do not need to have a personal PayPal account to pay using PayPal, just a valid debit or credit card (Master Card, Visa, Discover Card, American Express). Please do not combine payments for the Nature Projected Image section with payments for other sections in this Exhibition and/or for other people on the same transaction. If you do have your own personal PayPal account you must still use the Exhibition's PayPal form to submit your payment.

Entrants may pay in US Dollars by cash or check . All checks must be made payable to “PSA” and must be drawn on a US bank. Entrants are requested to notify the Nature Projected Image Chairman if they intend to pay by cash or check. IRC's are not an acceptable form of payment.

Any entry without paid entry fees at the time of judging will not be judged.

Closing Date:July 20, 2013
PLEASE NOTE: Prints must be received by this date.
It is NOT a Postmarked by date.
Judging Date:July 27, 2013
Notification Date:August 10, 2013
On-line Catalog Availability Date:October 26, 2013
Print Return Date (if applicable):October 26, 2013

The maker’s name and/or the image title must not be in the image area or in any other area visible to the judges of any digital files, slides or prints. This includes copyrights.

An image (or a nearly identical in-camera duplicate) previously accepted in any PSA International Nature Division section, regardless of media, is not eligible for entry in any Nature Division projected image or print section of the 2013 PSA International.

Informative Note: PSA Recognized Exhibitions are not "THE" PSA International Exhibition. Images accepted in PSA Recognized Exhibitions but not in a past Nature section of the PSA International Exhibition may be submitted in the Nature Division sections of the 2013 PSA International provided they meet the Nature Definition.

The same image may not be submitted in more than one Nature Division section of the 2013 PSA International regardless of the media. This means images submitted in the Nature Projected Image section may not be submitted in either of the Nature Print sections. This does not prevent the same images from being submitted in PID, Photo Travel or Photojournalism sections provided they meet the requirements of those sections. Please note: Different images with the same title or the same image with different titles will still be considered the same image.

Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of object 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/her own and 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 will include the Exhibition (audio-visual program) of the accepted images to be shown at the 2013 PSA Conference and may include use in the PSA Journal and low resolution posting of acceptances on a web site. Images where entrants do not give this permission will be disqualified. The exhibition assumes no liability of any misuse of copyright. All final work must be on photographic film, digital file, on photographic print material or digital print material. Digital images may be acquired digitally or scanned from traditional film to create a digital file.

The Entry Form includes a voluntary License Agreement as follows: I hereby give PSA permission to use my submitted images in PSA Educational Programs produced on CD's, DVD's or in Downloadable form, using ProShow Gold or equivalent software that does not allow program users access to individual images, for use by PSA Members, Clubs, Chapters and Councils wherever they may be. I am of Legal Age, and own all rights to these images, including copyright, or my parent or guardian gives permission on my behalf if I am not of Legal Age.

Informative Note: This License Agreement is over and above the permissions granted in the Original Image Statement above. The Judges will not be informed of the status of the License Agreement. Not accepting this License Agreement in no way affects whether the images submitted are accepted or disqualified.

Images accepted in this Exhibition will be eligible for inclusion in Nature Division Star Ratings applications by PSA members subject to the requirements of the Nature Division. An on-line 8½"x11" PDF Exhibition Catalog listing all acceptances in all three Nature Sections of the 2013 PSA International Exhibition is included with your entry fee. A link will be included on the Exhibition Web Site www.psaexhibition.com so you can email the Catalog to yourself and save as an electronic file and/or print out. The Catalog will be formatted for printing on both standard 8½"x11" paper and standard A4 (8-1/4”x12”) paper. This is the same Catalog that will be provided to the Nature Division Star Ratings Director and the Nature Division Who's Who Director and includes color reproductions of the medal winning images. Printed hard copies of the Catalogs will not be mailed the the entrants.

   Open Section
PSA Awards
1-PSA Gold Medal; 1-PSA Silver Medal; 1-PSA Bronze Medal, 6-PSA Honorable Mention Ribbons
Nature Division Open Awards
Diversity Award (selected from high scoring entrants with 3 or more acceptances
that show diversity in subject category)

   Wildlife Section
PSA Awards
1-PSA Gold Medal; 1-PSA Silver Medal; 1-PSA Bronze Medal, 6-PSA Honorable Mention Ribbons
Nature Division Open Awards
Diversity Award (selected from high scoring entrants with 3 or more acceptances
that show diversity in subject category)

If the judges and the Chairman concur there is no image worthy of one of the Nature Division Awards, that award will not be presented.

Additional PSA Silver Medals, Bronze Medals and Honorable Mention Ribbons will be awarded depending on the number of entries received.

To be eligible for the Diversity Award, an entrant must have at least three high scoring acceptances (all accepted images above the minimum acceptance level) that show diversity in subject matter. For the purposes of this award, The PSA Nature Divison has established ten subject categories as follows: General (Landscapes, Seascapes, Weather, Geology, etc.), Amphibians, Birds, Botany, Fungi, Insects, Mammals, Marine, Mullosks, and Reptiles. At least three of these categories must be represented in your acceptances. Please note that there should be no "General" category images in the Wildlife section.

Each Image must have a unique title. Once an image has been accepted in any PSA Recognized Exhibition, regardless of section or Division, that same image, or a like “in camera” or a “reproduction” duplicate of that image may not be retitled if used in any other PSA Recognized Exhibition. Words such as "Untitled" and "No Title" are not acceptable as part or all of an image's title, nor are camera capture filenames or titles consisting of only numbers.

Titles will be read aloud during judging. Descriptive titles are recommended. Cute titles and incorrectly identified subjects may hurt your score.

Please limit titles to 35 characters including spaces and punctuation. The Entry Form software will clip any excess characters resulting in an incomplete title for inclusion in the Catalog. This will cause problems when applying for Star Ratings.

In addition to the title, the back of each print must have the name and address of the entrant in a position that clearly indicates the top of the print from the rear. Only pressure sensitive (self-adhesive) labels may be used for titles, names and addresses on the backs of unmounted prints to prevent bleed-through of the ink. The titles on the backs of the prints must match the titles on the Entry Form.

Black & White images are allowed in Nature. Black & White images must be greyscale with no colors. Infrared images are not allowed.

Prints may not exceed 20 inches or the metric equivalent (508mm) in the longest dimension or 16 inches or the metric equivalent (406mm) in the shortest dimension. Metric A2 size is not acceptable. All nature prints in one section will be judged together, with small prints (8-1/2" x 12" and smaller) being judged before large prints (over 8-1/2" x 12").

Award winning Prints will be on display at www.psaexhibition.com. Selected prints* and all award winners will also be displayed at the 2013 PSA International Conference in Portland, Maine between September 16, 2013 and September 20, 2013.

*Space constraints may prevent showing all Nature Print acceptances at the Conference. All award winners will be shown. Accepted prints not included in the show will still get full credit towards Nature Division Star Ratings and Who's Who listing and will be in the Nature Division PDF On-Line catalog.

The entries are processed periodically and the status reported on the Exhibition Web Site. The status report heading indicates the time/date of the last status list update and the next scheduled status list update. It takes longer to process and update print status so please be patient. Print entries will not be indicated on the Status List until the prints are actually received.Do not expect an immediate update.

If any problems are noted on the status list, please contact the Nature Print Chairman by going to the Nature Print menu on the Exhibition Web Site and clicking on Send Email to Chairman to resolve.

Report Cards will be sent to entrants via email from the Chairman’s Email Address above. Please be sure that this email address has been included in your “safe” email addresses to assure receipt of these emails instead of having them blocked by your security system. Also check your Junk E-Mail or spam folder to see if any messages from the exhibition were put there by your email software.

Nature Print Entry Forms will be computer-generated emails from psaexhibition.com. Computer-generated emails are automatically blocked by some internet email servers so please contact them in accordance with their instructions to allow any computer generated emails from psaexhibition.com if they do not show up in either your Inbox or your Junk E-Mail folder

Please review the information you fill-in on the entry formbefore clicking the Submit button. After you submit your electronic entry for, you will receive three emails, filled-in entry forms for each section with your name, address, email, etc. plus the image titles you typed in. Please review the information you entered. If you made any errors, especially any typos in the Image Titles, please contact the Nature Print Chairman by going to the Nature Prints menu on the Exhibition Web Site and clicking on Send Email to Chairman to resolve. Whether you pushed the wrong key or not, the information you entered on the entry form, including names, titles, city and countries, will be the ones listed in the Catalog if the images are accepted.

You must complete a Nature Print Entry Form prior to shipping your prints. Use of the On-Line Print Entry Form with data filled-in on-line is required to maximize legibility and accuracy. Prints for both sections should be mailed in the same package. A separate filled-in form for each section must be mailed with the prints to the Nature Print Chairman at:

Jerry R. Biddlecom
19420 NW 62nd Place
Hialeah, FL 33015

After you have carefully read these “Information and Conditions of Entry”, go back to the main menu and click on the line in the menu labeled Nature Print Entry Forms. After you fill out the form and click on submit, you will receive a separate email with the Entry Form for each Nature Print section whether you entered each section or not. Print out each of the forms for the sections you entered and mail them with your prints, together with cash and check for Entry Fees if not paying by PayPal. Don’t forget to sign the forms for prints that do not require being returned.

Please do not use Print Screen to capture and print the data entry form if you are using the On-Line Print Entry Form. If you have trouble using the On-Line Entry Form please contact the Nature Print Chairman by going to the Nature Print Menu on the Exhibition Web Site and clicking on Send Email to Section Chairman to resolve or contact the Exhibition Webmaster by clicking Send Email to Webmaster to resolve.

All prints must be shipped unmounted and flat regardless the country of origin. Prints sent in tubes will be returned to sender unopened. Separate stiffeners are recommended in the packaging when mailing unmounted prints to prevent damage during shipping. Mounted and/or matted prints will be disqualified and entry fees will not be refunded.

A box is provided on the Print Entry Form to give permission to destroy the prints after the Exhibition. Entrants giving this permission must sign in the space provided on the Entry Form and can pay the reduced fees using the Non-Return Print Fees above. All other entrants must pay the higher fees required by the Return Print Fees above. Entrants giving permission to destroy the prints without signing the Entry Form but submitting fees based on destroying the prints will be contacted by the Nature Print Chairman to resolve the conflict by obtaining either a signed permission to destroy the prints or the payment of additional funds as required to equal the Return Fees above.  

Deadline for Receipt of Entries - Saturday, July 20, 2013