PSA Interclub Competition Rules For the 2020-2021 Year

PSA Interclub Competition Year Begins

The new competition year for PSA’s (Photographic Society of America) interclub competitions will begin again this fall.  TPS participates in two competitions: open and nature.  Although the primary focus of the competitions is between clubs, individual awards are also given.  Last year TPS members won a number of awards, including Best of Show for Tim Clifton (‘Beauty’).   Dan Suckow, Bud Harris, and Steve Russell also received awards. (Sorry if I missed you – let me know.)  

Nature Division Restrictions

Although ‘anything goes’ in the open division, images submitted in the nature competition must adhere to PSA’s restrictive nature definition: 

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify 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 are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. Examples of manipulation: altering backgrounds, cloning.  Exposure adjustment is allowed as long as the image looks ‘realistic’.

If you have a nature image that does NOT meet this definition, I will enter it in the open category.

Images per Round

I will be submitting 6 images in each of 3 rounds (11/15/20, 2/15/21 and 4/15/21) in both the open and nature competitions.  As in past years, throughout the year I will ask you to submit images that I believe will be competitive.  I select images from this ‘pool’ of your photos for each round.  I try to select a range of subjects (e.g. not all bears, birds, landscapes etc.)  If you submit a nature subject, please indicate if it meets the nature definition.  It’s not always easy to tell.  We operate on the honor system. 

Posting Images on the PSA Website

IF YOU WANT YOUR WINNING IMAGES POSTED ON THE PSA WEBSITE, I NEED A NEW signed PERMISSION FORM (SEE BELOW).  A new form must be signed for each competition season (one form is ok for both competitions).  Please print and sign the form and return to me.   You can also sign in PS, using a digital signature. (PS >new >new layer> write your name> save as PSD file and then save on desktop).  You can email a scan or a digital signature.  Whatever is easiest for you.  The important thing is I NEED THESE PERMISSION FORMS


Open Division – TPS is in Group A (the top ranked clubs) ranked at 21st out of 26.

Nature Division – TPS is in Group B ranked at 5th out of 25.

Competition is VERY STIFF (You might want to go to PSA’s website and click on ‘competitions’ – you can click on slideshows of winning images in many different rounds.  This is where sending me the permission is critical.  If you are a winner and you haven’t filled out the permission, your image won’t be posted.



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