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CONDITIONS OF ENTRY (RULES)

1st International circuit PHOTOLIFE 2022 : GEORGIA, BULGARIA, BENIN

 

1. ORGANIZER and Chairman of the circuit: Nino Mghebrishvili – AFIAP, Liaison officer apg.contests@gmail.com www.photo-forum.eu
Address: Varketili 3, 2 micro-district, 2 building, app 63, Tbilisi, 0163, Georgia

Organizations
Association of Photographers of Georgia (OM Georgia) Academy of Photography of Bulgaria (OM Bulgaria)
U.P.A. (Universelle Photo Artistigue) Benin (ILFIAP)

2. RECOGNITIONS
FIAP 2022/072-074
PSA 2022-123
GPU
APG 01/2022
Photolife Club 01/2022
APB 2022/
IAAP 2022/
UPA 01/2022

FIAP – Federation Internationale de L’art Photographique
PSA – Photographic Society of America
GPU – Global Photographic Union
APG – Association of Photographers of Georgia
APB - Academy of Photography of Bulgaria
UPA - Universelle Photo Artistigue
IAAP – International Art Photographers

1st International circuit PHOTOLIFE 2022 Georgia, Bulgaria, Benin is recognized by the Association of Photographers of Georgia (OM Georgia), Academy of Photography of Bulgaria (OM Bulgaria) and U.P.A. (Universelle Photo Artistigue) (Benin ILFIAP)
Entry is open to photographers all over the world. It will be organized under the approved rules of FIAP, PSA, GPU, APG, APB, UPA, IAAP, and Photolife. All acceptances will count for FIAP, PSA, GPU, APG, IAAP and for inclusion in PSA Star Rating and "Who’s Who".

1st International circuit PHOTOLIFE 2022 consists of 3 salons:

1st International salon Georgia 2022
1st International salon Bulgaria 2022
1st International salon Benin 2022

3. SECTIONS
There are three digital sections:
a) Open Color (PSA PID color only)
b) Open Monochrome (PSA PID-Monochrome only)
c) People (PSA Color only)

Each photo can be presented in only one section.

4. 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. Club 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 €30
2 sections €34
3 sections €38
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: apg.contests@gmail.com. Club discounts are available: 20% discount of the fee for groups with 10 and more entrants.
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.

5. CALENDAR
Closing date 09.02.2022
All judging completed by 23.02.2022
Notifications sent by 09.03.2022
Awards mailed by 05-06.2022
On-Line Gallery posted by 30.04.2022
PDF Catalog posted by 11.05.2022
Date(s) of Exhibitions/Public Showings of Projected Images 03.2022
EDAS- 23.03.2022

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-forum.eu

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

1st International salon Georgia 2022
Mehmet Gokyigit - EFIAP/g, C*MoL, Hon.FAPG (Cyprus) (Chairman)
Buket Ozatay – EFIAP/d2 (Cyprus)
Mzia Lekveishvili – MAPG, EP (Georgia)
Reserve member Valerian Chkhikvishvili

1st International salon Bulgaria 2022
Velichka Todorova – AFIAP, QPSA (Bulgaria) (Chairman)
Sophio Melikidze - Georgia
Ricos Andreas Grigoriou EFIAP/s (Cyprus)
Reserve member Tengiz Pkhakadze

1st International salon Benin 2022
Akaki Kakha Pkhakadze – AFIAP (Georgia) (Chairman)
Ismael Saizonou – FPSA (Benin)
Yekini Djouberou- (Benin)
Reserve member George Mindiashvili

7. AWARDS
Totally 308 awards: 3 FIAP Blue Badge, APG Green Badge, 91 medals, 108 HM, 99 Diplomas, APG Green Badge for the Best Author of the circuit. 3 Plaques and Special diplomas for the 3 best clubs in the circuit Circuit Chairman Choice – one Gold medal.

Special 3 PLAQUES and DIPLOMAS for clubs - Best Club (1st position), Best Club (2nd position), Best Club (3rd position). Required min. 10 participants from a club
Each entrant must indicate a club name while payment and club representative must send the name list of their entrants via email – apg.contests@gmail.com

1st International salon Georgia 2022

a) Open Color (PSA PID color):
Salon Chairman Choice – one Gold Medal, 1 FIAP Blue Badge,
FIAP Gold medal, PSA Gold medal, GPU Gold medal, Salon Gold medal, Salon Silver medal, Salon Bronze medal, APG Gold medal, APG Silver medal, APG Bronze medal, IAAP Silver medal, 2 FIAP HM ribbon, 2 PSA HM ribbon, GPU HM ribbon, 2 IAAP HM ribbon, 3 PHOTOLIFE HM ribbon, 2 APG HM Ribbon, 6 Salon Diploma, 5 APG diploma.

b) Open Monochrome (PID-M)
FIAP Gold medal, PSA Gold medal, GPU Silver medal, Salon Gold medal, Salon Silver medal, Salon Bronze medal, APG Gold medal, APG Silver medal, APG Bronze medal, IAAP Bronze medal, 2 FIAP HM ribbon, 2 PSA HM ribbon, GPU HM ribbon, 2 IAAP HM ribbon, 2 PHOTOLIFE HM ribbon, 3 APG HM Ribbon, 6 Salon diploma, 5 APG diploma.

c) People (PID-C) – Color/Monochrome
FIAP Gold medal, PSA Gold medal, Salon Gold medal, Salon Silver medal, Salon Bronze medal, APG Gold medal, APG Silver medal, APG Bronze medal, IAAP Gold medal, 2 FIAP HM ribbon, 2 PSA HM ribbon, GPU HM ribbon, 2 IAAP HM ribbon, 2 PHOTOLIFE HM ribbon, 3 APG HM Ribbon, 6 Salon diploma, 5 APG diploma.
Totally: 100 awards

1st International salon Bulgaria 2022

Salon Chairman Choice – one Gold Medal, 1 FIAP Blue Badge,
a) Open Color (PSA PID color):
FIAP Gold medal, PSA Gold medal, GPU Gold medal, APB Gold medal, APB Silver medal, APB Bronze medal, APG Gold medal, APG Silver medal, APG Bronze medal, IAAP Silver medal, 2 FIAP HM ribbon, 2 PSA HM ribbon, 2 IAAP HM ribbon, 6 APB ribbon, 6 Salon diploma, 5 APG diploma.

b) Open Monochrome (PID-M)
FIAP Gold medal, PSA Gold medal, APB Gold medal, APB Silver medal, APB Bronze medal, APG Gold medal, APG Silver medal, APG Bronze medal, IAAP Gold medal, 2 FIAP HM ribbon, 2 PSA HM ribbon, 2 IAAP HM ribbon, 6 APB ribbon, 6 Salon diploma, 5 APG diploma.

c) People (PID-C) – only Color
FIAP Gold medal, PSA Gold medal, APB Gold medal, APB Silver medal, APB Bronze medal, APG Gold medal, APG Silver medal, APG Bronze medal, IAAP Bronze medal, 2 FIAP HM ribbon, 2 PSA HM ribbon, 2 IAAP HM ribbon, 6 APB ribbon, 6 Salon diploma, 5 APG diploma.
Totally: 100 awards

1st International salon Benin 2022

Salon Chairman Choice – one Gold Medal, 1 FIAP Blue Badge,
a) Open Color (PSA PID color):
FIAP Gold medal, PSA Gold medal, GPU Bronze medal, Salon Gold medal, Salon Silver medal, Salon Bronze medal, Benin Gold medal, Benin Silver medal, Benin Bronze medal, IAAP Gold medal, 2 FIAP HM ribbon, 2 PSA HM ribbon, 2 GPU HM ribbon, 2 IAAP HM ribbon, 2 PHOTOLIFE HM ribbon, 2 APG HM Ribbon, 11 Salon diploma.

b) Open Monochrome (PID-M)
FIAP Gold medal, PSA Gold medal, Salon Gold medal, Salon Silver medal, Salon Bronze medal, Benin Gold medal, Benin Silver medal, Benin Bronze medal, IAAP Bronze medal, 2 FIAP HM ribbon, 2 PSA HM ribbon, 2 GPU HM ribbon, 2 IAAP HM ribbon, 2 PHOTOLIFE HM ribbon, 2 APG HM Ribbon, 11 Salon diploma.

c) People (PID-C) – only Color
FIAP Gold medal, PSA Gold medal, Salon Gold medal, Salon Silver medal, Salon Bronze medal, Benin Gold medal, Benin Silver medal, Benin Bronze medal, IAAP Silver medal, 2 FIAP HM ribbon, 2 PSA HM ribbon, GPU HM ribbon, 2 IAAP HM ribbon, 2 PHOTOLIFE HM ribbon, 3 APG HM Ribbon, 11 Salon diploma.
Totally: 100 awards.

8. CATALOG
Online PDF Catalog downloadable from web site www.photo-forum.eu by exhibitors

9. 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 Conditions of Entry. Membership in any photographic organization is not required.
Sanctions: Entries will not be accepted from any entrant who is currently sanctioned by PSA. PSA Star Ratings
To receive proper Star ratings credit from PSA, entrants must provide their names and country exactly the same 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.

Image Creation
Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of objects via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally.

Certification:
By virtue of submitting an image, the entrant certifies the work as his or her own (.Images may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else (for example: clip art, images or art by others downloaded from the Internet). Aliases are not allowed. 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. Note: Entrants who indicate that their images may not be reproduced or used “will not be eligible for awards” or inclusion in audio- visuals of the exhibition “and could be subject to disqualification” by the exhibition sponsors. The exhibition assumes no liability of any misuse of copyright

Alteration and Computer Generation Subject to Divisional restrictions (particularly Nature, Photo Travel, and Photojournalism) images may be altered, either electronically or otherwise, by the maker. Adjustments to enhance images or creatively modify images are allowed providing the underlying photograph is retained in a way that is obvious to the viewer. Images may not be constructed entirely with a computer, and must be the sole work of the author

Re-use of accepted images: Once an image has been accepted in this exhibition it may not be entered again in any future instances of this exhibition. It may, of course, be entered in any other PSA/FIAP recognised exhibitions but must always have the same title.

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.

Titles:
Each image must have a unique title that is a description 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 maker. 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.

10. ENTRY FORM
Authors submit photos online. 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: apg.contests@gmail.com

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. JUDGING METHOD
The judging will be conducted by remote on-line. The native resolution of the display of the judges’ equipment will be 1920X1080 pixels or more, which provides to view images in its native resolution 100%. Displays of all judges calibrated that assure to transfer colors, tones and shades precisely, accurately and correctly. All the judges will meet via video link to allocate the awards.

14. DATA PROTECTION
Protection of Entrants' Personal information
By entering this exhibition, you are explicitly consenting to the personal details you have supplied, including 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 and accept that entering this exhibition means that the status and results of your entry may be made public.

15. 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 FIAP patronage or 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 FIAP patronage or 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. This rule applies regardless of whether or not the creature being killed, injured or stressed is visible in the captured image.


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. Entry in this exhibition is conditional on accepting these policies. The content of images must comply with these 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 FIAP patronage/PSA recognition.
Further details on the PSA's drone policy may be found at https://psa-photo.org/index.php?psa- policies#drone

16. MONOCHROME DEFINITIONS FIAP definition of 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.

Breaches of Rules FIAP:
The mention that by the sole act of submitting his/her images or files to a salon under FIAP Patronage, the entrant accepts without exception and with no objection the following terms: - that the submitted images can be investigated by FIAP to establish if these obey to FIAP regulations and definitions even if the entrant is not a member of FIAP, - that FIAP will use any means at its disposal for this undertaking,
- that any refusal to cooperate with FIAP or any refusal to submit the original files as captured by the camera, or failure to provide sufficient evidence, will be sanctioned by FIAP, - that in case of sanctions following the non compliance with FIAP regulations, the name of the entrant will be released in any form useful to inform the breaches of the rules. It is recommended to leave the EXIF data in the submitted files intact in order to ease eventual investigations. If, at any time, it is determined in the reasonable discretion of the exhibition organizer or the judges before, during, or after the judging of an exhibition that an entrant has submitted entries where one or more images may fail to comply with these Conditions of Entry, including the stated definitions, the exhibition organizers reserve the right to delete the entry from the exhibition and void any or all acceptances or awards in connection with the exhibition. Fees may be forfeited or refunded in these circumstances. The entrant acknowledges that the decision of the exhibition organizers or the judges is final

PSA
If, at any time, it is determined in the reasonable discretion of the exhibition organizer or the judges before, during, or after the judging of an exhibition that an entrant has submitted entries where one or more images may fail to comply with these Conditions of Entry, including the stated definitions, the exhibition organizers reserve the right to delete the entry from the exhibition and void any or all acceptances or awards in connection with the exhibition. Fees may be forfeited or refunded in these circumstances. The entrant acknowledges that the decision of the exhibition organizers or the judges is final
In order to ensure that images comply with the Conditions of Entry and definitions, the exhibition organizers may carry out reasonable measures to verify that:
a) the images are the original work of the entrant and
b) the images comply with the rules and definitions as set out in these Conditions of Entry
These steps include, but are not limited to, questioning any entrant, requiring the submission of RAW files or other digital files representing the original capture of the submitted image(s), confronting the entrant with evidence that one or more submitted images fails to comply with the Conditions of Entry (also known as Entry Rules), and offering the entrant a reasonable opportunity to provide counter evidence to refute the exhibition organizer’s evidence by a set deadline. Such entries that are not cleared or are still questionable after the entrant has presented evidence may be considered in breach of these Conditions of Entry, and declined. Such entries may be referred to PSA for further investigation of possible ethics violations

PSA retains the right to investigate in any way all complaints/suspicions of breaches of entry conditions, impose sanctions 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 submitting images on the entrant’s behalf, the entrant will still be held responsible for adhering to these Conditions of Entry (Entry Rules) and will be subject to sanction for any violations to these Conditions of Entry and PSA’s Statement of Ethics that may result. If another party is processing images for an entrant or submitting images on the entrant’s behalf, the entrant will still be held responsible for adhering to all Conditions of Entry including the specific conditions in the relevant definitions.

Notice to entrants
FIAP NOTICE In order to have legal authority on those who do not respect the rules of FIAP, the organiser must make sure that all participants of an online event under FIAP Patronage tick a box next to which the following text is stated:

“I hereby expressly agree to FIAP document 018/2017 « Conditions and regulations for FIAP Patronage
» and FIAP document 017/2017 « 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 018/2017, dealing under Section II.2 and II.3 with the FIAP participation rules, the sanctions for breaching FIAP regulations and the red list.
FIAP documents 018/2017 and 017/2017 must be linked to this paragraph so that participants can consult it
PSA NOTICE: When an entrant fills in the Entry Form to submit an entry the entrant will see a feature to affirm he or she has read these Conditions of Entry when he or she fills out the entry form. If the entrant does not so affirm the entry will not be submitted.