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

Shiv VermaEmail: psa-nd@vertalis.com
652 Dedham Street
Wrentham, MA 02093
USAPhone: +1-617-759-0010

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

(1) Open section
(2) Wildlife section

All entries in the Open section must conform to the Nature Definition given below.

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

An entry consists of 1-4 *.jpg digital 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.

Daniel Charbonnet, FPSA, EPSA - Westwood, MA
Richard Cloran, FPSA, MPSA - Swampscott, MA
Jacob Mosser III, FPSA, EPSA - North Reading, MA

    On or Before June 19, 2013 (Eastern Daylight Time Zone)
World Wide
1 Section$ 5 US
2 Sections$ 7 US

    After June 19, 2013
World Wide
1 Section$ 7 US
2 Sections$ 9 US

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 (American Express, Discover Card, Master Card, and Visa). Please do not combine payments for the Nature Projected 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
No On-Line entry of images can be submitted after
after 10:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time on this date.
Judging Date:August 3, 2013
Notification Date:August 10, 2013
On-line Catalog Availability Date:October 20, 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 recognized International Nature Division section is not eligible for entry in the same Exhibition. The 2013 PSA International is not an exception.

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 one Nature Projected section may not be submitted in the other Nature Projected section or 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 digital files. Digital images may be acquired digitally or scanned from traditional film to create a digital file.

The On-Line 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 four 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 to 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 Awards
Diversity Award (selected from high scoring entrants with 3 or more acceptances
that show diversity in subject category);
Botany Award (includes fungi, algae, lichens and other non-flowering plants)
   Wildlife Section
PSA Awards
1-PSA Gold Medal; 1-PSA Silver Medal; 1-PSA Bronze Medal, 6-PSA Honorable Mention Ribbons
Nature Division Wildlife Awards
Diversity Award (selected from high scoring entrants with 3 or more acceptances
that show diversity in subject category);
Mammal Award; Ornithology Award; Insect Award;
Wildflower Award (flowering plants in bloom only)

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 scoring 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.

Borders are allowed for nature images but are not recommended. If you do use a border, we recommend you limit it to a thin stroke that separates the image area from the black projection background. Wide borders and decorative borders that draw attention from the nature story are discouraged and could hurt your scores.

Convert image files to sRGB color space to provide provide the best image quality under the projection conditions used for judging the exhibition and producing the exhibition show. Other color spaces or undefined color spaces can degrade you images and result in lower scores.Do not use CMYK color space. CMYK images will not project correctly during judging.

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

Maximum digital image width (horizontal) is 1400 pixels.
Maximum digital image height (vertical) is 1050 pixels.

Images larger in either dimension will be rejected by the entry software, even if it is only 1 pixel off. The maximum horizontal and vertical dimensions cannot be swapped. If your rotate the image to make it fit, it will not be rotated by the exhibition to proper viewing position for judging.

Use maximum quality for each of your .jpg images. The .jpg extension must be in lower case letters.

You do not have to follow any naming convention for your .jpg files when you enter. The on-line entry form software will properly rename your files to meet the needs of our exhibition software.

We recommend saving your .jpg images in a special folder on your computer. That will make it easier to pick the correct image when using the Entry Form browser to attach your images.

Accepted Images, including award winners, will be on display at www.psaexhibition.com. Selected images* and all award winners will also be shown at the 2013 PSA International Conference in Portland, Maine between September 16, 2013 and September 20, 2013.

*Time constraints may prevent showing all Nature Projected Image acceptances at the Conference. All award winners will be shown. Accepted images 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.

Eentries 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. Please be patient. Do not expect an immediate update.

If any problems are noted on the status list, please contact the Nature Projected Image Chairman by going to the Nature Projected Image 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.

Confirmations of entry submittals will be computer-generated emails from www.psaexhibition.com. Computer-generated emails are automatically blocked bysome internet email servers so please contact them in accordance with their instructions to allow any computer generated emails from www.psaexhibition.com if they do not show up in either your Inbox or your Junk E-Mail folder.

PayPal confirmation for on-line payments will come directly from PayPal using the sender address service@paypal.com and will be addressed to you using your name as entered on the PayPal page.

Please review the information you fill-in before clicking the Submit button. After you submit your electronic entry, you will receive an email confirming 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 Projected Image Chairman by going to the Nature Projected Image menu on the Exhibition Web Site and clicking on Send Email to Chairman to resolve. Check the thumbnails on your confirmation to be sure you attached the correct image for each title. Whether you pushed the wrong key or not, the information you entered on the entry form, including names, titles, city and countries you entered on the entry form will be the ones listed in the Catalog if the images are accepted.

All images must be submitted On-Line using the Digital Entry Form. After you have carefully read these “Information and Conditions of Entry”, and after double checking to make sure your images are no larger than 1400 pixels wide and no larger than 1050 pixels high, go back to the main menu and click on the box labeled Digital Image Entry Forms, fill out the data entry form, attach your image files and submit them. 

Digital entries on CD via postal mail will not be accepted.

If you have trouble submitting your digital images on-line please contact the Nature Projected Image Chairman by going to the Nature Projected Image menu on the Exhibition Web Site and clicking on Send Email to Chairman to resolve.

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