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1st INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT GRAND PHOTO FESTIVAL 2021: GEORGIA - BULGARIA - ETHIOPIA
FIAP 2021/234-235-236 / PSA 2021-1378 / GPU L210090 / IAAP 2021/117-119 / Photolife 03/2021 / APB 2021/006 / EAC 01/2021 / APG 03/2021 / UPA 01/2021

PROPOSITIONS AND PARTICIPATION:

Organizers:
PHOTOLIFE Club (ILFIAP Georgia)
Academy of Photography Bulgaria (FIAP OM Bulgaria)
Ethiopia Art Club (ILFIAP Ethiopia)

3 salons:
1st International salon “Georgia Art Photo”
1st International salon “Bulgaria Art Photo”
1st International salon “Ethiopia Art Photo”

Entry is open to photographers all over the world. It will be organized under the approved rules of FIAP, PSA, GPU, APG (Association of Photographers of Georgia). All acceptances will count for FIAP, PSA, GPU, APG and for inclusion in PSA Star Rating and "Who’s Who".

Conditions of Entry
1. General

The Circuit consist of 3 salons, 3 country, and entry is open to photographers all over the world. It will be organized under the approved rules of FIAP, PSA, GPU, and the Association of Photographers of Georgia and recognized by the Ethiopian Art Club (Ethiopia ILFIAP 2245). Entry is open to photographers all over the world. All acceptances will count for FIAP, PSA, and GPU, APG and for inclusion in PSA Star Rating and "Who’s Who".
The circuit is conducted and recognized by PHOTOLIFE Club (ILFIAP Georgia), Academy of Photography Bulgaria (FIAP OM Bulgaria), and Ethiopia Art Club (ILFIAP Ethiopian art club)

2. Sections
There are three sections, all DIGITAL all in color or/and monochrome:
A) Open Color (PSA PID-C)
B) Open Monochrome (PSA PID-M)
C) People (PSA PID Color/Monochrome)


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 where acceptances of that image in multiple sections would be eligible for the same star path.
Each photo can be presented in only one section. When an entrant submits images which are significantly similar to each other, only one of the images will be accepted, even if the images are entered in different sections. Entries must originate as photographs made by the entrant. All techniques are permitted (except nature). An entrant’s four images will be distributed throughout four rounds of judging for each section.

3. Submit of photos
ALL entries MUST be submitted via the internet. Entries NOT submitted via our entry page will not be judged.
The maximum number of works is four (4) per section. (Total 12 photos).
Photos must be in JPG file format, Photographs must be in JPEG format, with dimensions 1920x1080 pixels at 300, JPEG compression (if Photoshop used for export): 7-12, file size maximum 4 Mb. The images will be monitored by the Jury on the Projector InFocus IN2138HD 4500-Lumen Full HD DLP Projector, native Resolution Full HD (1920 x 1080). Participants have to upload files online with our entry-form. Each entry-form must be written only in English. No requirements for file names, file name 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 the photographer will be judged at 100% of the maximum permitted pixel size. Digital images must not be altered, including resizing, by the Exhibition before judging.

4. File name
As the photographer wishes. All information needed will be collected from the online entry system. Maximum of 30 characters.
Please do not use invalid characters such us / : ? * " < > | ' # ( )

5. Entry Form
Authors submit photos online. Each entry-form must be written only in English. If any problems while online registration, entrants can download and fulfill Registration Form (doc file) and send it with competitive images via email: apg.contests@gmail.com
Following the instructions on www.photo-forum.eu. Online registration (Entry Form): http://www.photo-forum.eu/ and www.photomarket.ge

6. Author copyright
Each entrant owns the copyright of the submitted images. The entrant certifies the work as his own. The entrant permits the organizers to reproduce the entered material free of charge for promotional purposes related to the Circuit, like the catalogue, photo CD/DVD and the website, unless specifically stated otherwise by the entrant on the entry form.

7. Catalogue
Each entrant will receive free of charge a best quality PDF catalog.

8. Notification card
Each entrant will received via e-mail a report card with the results of his/her submitted photos. All results will be uploaded in the website of the circuit www.photo-forum.eu

9. 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.
Entry fee is mandatory for all participants: Entrance fee per person for 3 salons:

1 section €29
2 sections €34
3 sections €37

Discount
Group Entries
There is a 10% discount for group entries (more than 10 participations)

10. Terms of payment
Transfer to PayPal email: internationalphotosalons@gmail.com (preferred method)
The another payment methods like as ManeyGram/Western Union are allowed.
For another way for payment please contact us by email: apg.contests@gmail.com
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.

11. Catalogue
On-line PDF Exhibition Catalogue.

12. Jury Panel
1st International salon “Georgia Art Photo”
Mzia Lekveishvili MAPG, EP (Georgia) Salon chairman
Narendu Ghosh EFIAP, EPSA (India)
Ricos Andreas Gregoriou, EFIAP/s, EAPG (Cyprus)
Reserve member: George Mindiashvili (Georgia)

1st International salon “Bulgaria Art Photo”
Anton Savov AFIAP, ESFIAP (Bulgaria), Salon chairman
Manashi Chatterjee EFIAP, PPSA (India)
Sophio Melikidze, MAPG, EP (Georgia)
Reserve member: Valerian Chkhikvishvili (Georgia)

1st International salon “Ethiopia Art Photo”
Nino Mghebrishvili, AFIAP, MAPG, EP (Georgia) Salon chairman
Mehmet Gokyigit EFIAP/g, C*MoL, Hon.FAPG (Cyprus)
Arnab Chakraborty EFIAP (India)
Reserve member: Abir Das, EFIAP (India)

13. Awards
Totally 307 awards: 3 FIAP Blue Badge, APG Green, Badge 90 medals, 120 HM, 93 Diplomas,
APG Green Badge for the Best Author of the circuit
Special diplomas for the 3 best clubs in the circuit
Circuit Chairman Choice – one Gold medal

1st International salon “Georgia Art Photo”
FIAP Blue Badge for the best Author
Salon Chairman Choice – one Gold Medal
FIAP – Gold medal in each section (3 altogether) + 2 FIAP honorable mention ribbons in each section (6 altogether)
PSA - Gold medal in each section (3 altogether) + 2 PSA honorable mention ribbons in each section (6 altogether)
GPU – 1 Gold medal, 1 Silver medal (2 altogether) + 2 GPU honorable mention ribbons
PHOTOLIFE – 3 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze medals (9 altogether) + 10 Honorable Mention ribbons + 12 Diploma
PHOTOLIFE Salon – 3 Salon Gold, 3 Salon Silver, 3 Salon Bronze medals (9 altogether) + 12 Salon Diploma
IAAP – gold, silver, bronze medals, 6 ribbons
APG -7 APG honorable mention ribbons + 6 Digital Diplomas
3 UPA honorable mention ribbons
30 medals, 40 HM ribbons, 30 Diplomas, 1 badge, altogether: 101 awards.
The jury reserves the right to grant additional awards. The decision of the jury is final and irrevocable, complaints are not possible.

1st International salon “Bulgaria Art Photo”
FIAP Blue Badge for the best Author
Salon Chairman Choice – one Gold Medal
FIAP – Gold medal in each section (3 altogether) + 2 FIAP honorable mention ribbons in each section (6 altogether)
PSA - Gold medal in each section (3 altogether) + 2 PSA honorable mention ribbons in each section (6 altogether)
GPU – 1 Gold medal + 3 GPU honorable mention ribbons
APG – 3 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze medals (9 altogether) + 7 Honorable Mention ribbons + 18 Diploma
APB Salon – 3 Salon Gold, 3 Salon Silver, 3 Salon Bronze medals (9 altogether) + 18 Honorable Mention ribbons
PHOTOLIFE - 6 honorable mention ribbons
IAAP – Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, 6 Honorable Mention ribbons
UPA - 3 UPA honorable mention ribbons
29 medals, 52 HM ribbons, 18 Diplomas, 1 badge, altogether: 100 awards.
The jury reserves the right to grant additional awards. The decision of the jury is final and irrevocable, complaints are not possible.

1st International salon “Ethiopia Art Photo”
FIAP Blue Badge for the best Author
Salon Chairman Choice – one Gold Medal
FIAP – Gold medal in each section (3 altogether) + 2 FIAP honorable mention ribbons in each section (6 altogether)
PSA - Gold medal in each section (3 altogether) + 2 PSA honorable mention ribbons in each section (6 altogether)
GPU – 1 Bronze medal + 3 GPU honorable mention ribbons
EAC – 3 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze medals (9 altogether) + 15 Honorable Mention ribbons + 12 Digital Diplomas
EAC Salon – 3 Salon Gold, 3 Salon Silver, 3 Salon Bronze medals (9 altogether) + 12 Digital Diplomas
IAAP – Gold, Silver, Bronze medals, 6 Honorable Mention ribbons
APG - 6 Digital Diplomas
UPA - 1 Salon Chairman Choice Gold medal, 4 UPA honorable mention ribbons
30 medals, 40 HM ribbons, 30 Diplomas, 1 badge, altogether: 101 awards.
The jury reserves the right to grant additional awards. The decision of the jury is final and irrevocable, complaints are not possible.

14. Calendar
Closing date: 14 June 2021
Judging:
20-22 June 2021 - 1st International salon “Georgia Art Photo”
23-25 June 2021 - 1st International salon “Bulgaria Art Photo”
26-28 June 2021 – 1st International salon “Ethiopia Art Photo”

Notification: 12 July 2021
EDAS report: 28 July 2021
PDF catalogue: 13 September 2021
Exhibitions and awards: September 2021

14. Agree with the conditions
SUBMISSION of an entry signifies acceptance of all our conditions.

15. Rejection
An entry may be rejected by the organizers if it does not conform to Circuit rules and conditions.

16. Jury decision
The jury decision is final.

17. Definitions:
FIAP – Federation Internationale de L’art Photographique
PSA – Photographic Society of America
GPU – Global Photographic Union
APB - Academy of Photography Bulgaria
EAC – Ethiopian Art Club
APG – Association of Photographers of Georgia
UPA- Union of Photographers of Azerbaijan

18. Definitions
PSA definition of Monochrome Photography:
An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e.
contains only shades of gray which can include pure black and pure white) OR it gives the
impression of being a grayscale image that has been toned in one color across the entire image.
(For example by Sepia, red, gold, etc.)
A grayscale 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.
FIAP Definition of the black and white photography (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.
FIAP document 018/2017 E
“I hereby expressly agree to FIAP document 018/2017 E «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.” 17. FIAP TEXT
"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 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 and 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.”
PSA TEXT
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.
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 Statement on Subject Matter
There is one hard and fast rule, whose spirit must be observed at all times and applies to all sections offered in PSA recognized exhibitions.
The welfare of the subject is more important than the 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 PSA exhibitions.
There is also a PSA policy on the use of aerial photography - aircraft, helicopters and drones. This policy can be found at https://psa-photo.org/index.php?psa-policies#drone.
The purpose of this policy is to prevent any interference with other individuals or animals which will or may cause a disturbance in their normal activity or disrupt the way any individuals or animals interact with their environment. Entry in this exhibition requires exhibitors to agree to this and other PSA 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 are likely to be disqualified so the entrant may be aware of the problem when considering entry into other PSA recognized exhibitions.
DATA PROTECTION
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.
DRONE POLICY
The Board approved a new policy on the use of drones and it is available here http://psaphoto.org/index.php?psa-policies&a=view&faq_id=1632. The policy has a legal
section which basically requires members to follow whatever laws exist in the country in which they are using a drone. There is also an ethical component to the policy and it states: One of the tenets of photography, is that the safety and well-being of the subject, photographer and surroundings is of paramount importance over the capturing of the photograph.
The purpose of this section is to prevent any interference with other individuals or animals which will or may cause a disturbance in their normal activity or disrupt the way an individual or animal interacts with its environment.
May not fly a drone above people for the purpose of photographing their activity, unless permission is granted in writing
May not fly or photograph animals in their natural habitat, especially nesting areas and locations where the animal is already under stress (winter survival, migratory feeding, protecting young). Photographing scenery/landscapes is permissible.
May not fly or photograph in any designated wilderness area.
Copyright
The author should be a copyright holder of the submitted material. By virtue of submitting an entry to the " GRAND PHOTO FESTIVAL 2021" salon, the author permits sponsors to use all or part of the submitted material for any purpose, related to the contest and future exhibitions.
The sponsors of the competition have a right to:
● Reproduce the entries in any part of the “GRAND PHOTO FESTIVAL 2021” website
● Present prints or digital files for judging by the contest jury;
● Exhibit winning entries in printed or digital format at the exhibitions of the "GRAND PHOTO FESTIVAL 2021" contest;
● Reproduce winning images in any printed or electronic media in order to inform public about the contest and It’s results;
● Reproduce winning images in the photo albums, informative brochures, digital media and other publications related to the contest and exhibitions;
● Use winning images for further specialized activities, aimed at the popularization of the contest;
● Offer the options for the commercial usage of the images to their authors.
The sponsors of the competition pledge to specify the name of the image maker when reproducing it in any form.

Exhibition copies to be shown at the exhibition and printed at the cost of the sponsors of the “GRAND PHOTO FESTIVAL 2021" contest will remain with sponsors and may be used within the framework of the competition activity.
Submitting the entry you automatically grant your consent with the contest policy and rules mentioned above.

Circuit chairman:
Lamara Beridze – chairman of the Photolife Club

Photolife.ge@gmail.com