The Photographic Society of America (PSA) is a worldwide organization for anyone with an interest in photography. Founded in 1934 the Society is for casual shutterbugs, serious amateurs, and professional photographers. https://psa-photo.org/
What are PSA Interclub Competitions?
PSA offer an unique opportunity for member clubs to enter Interclub Competitions each year. These are international competitions and scoring allows both the St. Louis Camera Club and individual members to receive recognition for their photography. All members of the St. Louis Camera Club are eligible to submit entries. An individual membership in PSA is NOT required.
PSA competitions fall into 6 divisions. The same rules and restrictions that apply to the 5 regular competitions apply to Interclub competitions.
Projected Image (PID)
In addition, SLCC competes in Creative (PID CAR) also known as Creative Altered Reality.
Projected Image (PID CAR) Creative Altered Reality
The PSA defines CAR as follows- “Non-creative images are not eligible for this competition. All images must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else. Original images must be altered by the maker; artwork or computer graphics generated by the entrant may be incorporated if the original photographic content predominates. Images may not be constructed entirely within a computer. The original image must be made by entrant on photographic emulsion or captured digitally and the image's core content must be identifiable. Any subject matter is acceptable as long as the Altered Reality guidelines are apparent. The image must obviously display a change in natural color, form, shape, or any combination of three. If a recognizable face is part of the image a model release is required. For more information, click on this link.
CAR rules apply to both PID_Creative and Print_CAR.
How to participate in a PSA Interclub Digital Competition
PSA Interclub competitions coordinate with the Wednesday competition theme as much as possible. Under Submit Images to a Competition look for Interclub Competitions in the Competition Type column. The deadline for submission is always on that corresponding Friday at 11:59 pm. Voting begins at 12:01 am on Saturday and stays open until the following Tuesday night at 11:59 pm. Images are entered the same way as the weekly club competition. The size and 35 character limit remains the same.
Everyone in the club can vote, even if you didn’t enter a photograph. You need to be logged in to vote. Under Competitions find “Vote on Competition Images” and select the appropriate competition. You can NOT vote for your own image. Look over the entries. Double click to examine the photograph in full size and use “Next”/“Prior” to scroll. Exit and click on an thumbnail, then use the up/down arrows on the right to sort. Check the boxes associated with your 9 favorite images. Click “SAVE” to record your vote. Your “Checked” photographs will now display as the first 9 images in the row of thumbnails. If you change your mind you can re-vote as many times as you like before the Tuesday at midnight deadline. The more people who take the time to vote the more certain the top choices become. The 6 images with the highest vote total go on to represent the club. Look for Interclub under Competition>Competition Results to see the score for all entries.
PSA Print Competitions
Interclub Print competitions are held 4 times a year before regular meetings. Participants bring their unmounted, unmatted prints to the Ethical Society before 6 pm on that Wednesday. Voting begins promptly at 6 pm to allow time to finish before the 7pm start of a camera club meeting.
Rules for Entering Interclub Print Competition
1. There are 5 print categories: Large Monochrome prints (LM), Large Color prints (LC), Small Monochrome prints (SM), Small Color prints (SC), and Creative Altered Reality (CAR) prints.
2. In each category the club is represented by prints from four different photographers. It is possible for a club to enter a total of 20 prints in each round if they competed in all five (5) categories.
If a club is not able to submit four prints it can submit a partial entry (example: two prints by only two different photographers).
3. All prints must be entirely the work of the photographer.
4. Monochrome prints may be toned. Monochrome prints may be enhanced by the addition of a single color. Prints with two or more colors must be entered as a color print.
5. Small prints can be no larger than 8.5 X 12 inches.
6. Large prints can be no larger than 16 X 20 inches.
7. Creative Altered Reality prints (CAR) can be any mix of LM, LC, SM, or SC. All size and style of CAR prints will be judged together.
8. Prints that have been judged in an earlier competition cannot be re-entered in a later competition during the same year.
9. Prints that have been given awards in previous years cannot be entered in the same category.
10. Prints receiving Awards: 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place, & HM’s will be eligible for the End of Year competition held in June.All prints that earn ribbons will be retained and returned to the maker after the EOY competition.
Print Competition Voting Procedures
1. SLCC Members will bring up to five images (one for each of the five print categories) by 6:00 pm on the Competition Dates above.
2. Images should be marked on the back of the print with the maker’s name and print title in the upper left corner. All classes (B, A, and Salon) will be judged together.
3. Any photographer that submits a print—and is present for the voting—will be given a paper ballot for all five categories. Photographers do not need to be present to submit their image (e.g. they can give their print to another member to submit on their behalf or they may submit prints at a meeting prior the Competition Date). However, voting is allowed only by participating photographers present during the voting period.
4. Prints will be displayed on tables using the lighting of the room for viewing. The Club’s Light Box will not be utilized. Minimum viewing distances will not be enforced.
5. Voting will begin at 6:00 pm with completed ballots due by 6:40 p.m. This will allow time to clean up before the 6:50 start of the club meeting.
6. Voting members will rank and record their top 6 prints. The 1st place print is awarded 6 points, the 2nd place print is awarded 5 points, and so on. They can NOT vote for their own print.
7. If only four (or fewer) prints are received for any category, there will be no voting and those images will automatically be selected for submission to the Interclub Competition.
8. Votes will be tallied and results announced as soon as possible after the SLCC program that evening.
9. Photographers will collect their prints if not selected in the competition.
10. Kim Mulkey Young (PSA Interclub Chair) will submit selected prints to the PSA Interclub Competition.
11.Photographers of selected prints will submit electronic versions of their image to Kim Mulkey Young (PSA Interclub Chair) at their earliest convenience. Images will be displayed on the Club’s website and the results of the Interclub Competition will be posted when known.
12. Prints will be returned by the PSA judging club, but not for a number of weeks.
Results will be shown on the website under Organization>PSA Interclub>Print Galleries. link