Decisive Moment – (PSA PJD)

"There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment." Cartier-Bresson The ‘godfather’ of photojournalism, Henri Cartier Bresson, expressed the possibility of finding a decisive moment everywhere in this world; photographers need to use their intuition – take a photo with their heart and eyes before pressing the camera button. This theme does not ask for photojournalism in its documentary sense, but rather looks for artistic and creative photographs, where the value lies in the moment that comes after, during or before the actual shoot. For an idea, have a look at one of YUSOF KARSH’s most famous portraits, which depicts him snatching a cigar from the mouth of Churchill, creating a decisive and everlasting moment.

PSA ‘Photojournalism’ Definition:

Photojournalism entries shall consist of images with informative content and emotional impact, including human interest, documentary, sports and spot news. The storytelling value of the image shall receive priority over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, PJ images must not misrepresent the truth. No situations shall be set up for the purpose of photography, and no alteration of the subject matter is allowed, including any techniques that add, combine, relocate, replace or remove any elements of the original image. No unnatural sharpening or special effect filters can be applied. Only cropping, resizing, lightening or darkening, and restoration of original color are permitted. Color images can be converted to monochrome.

Nature - (PSA ND)

Characterised by its diversity – from stunning natural landscapes to beautiful flowers and plants and amazing animals and birds- the natural world is full of rich images and provides a myriad of opportunities to capture stunning images. ‘Nature Photography’ definition according to FIAP’s document n INFO 2001/341 Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena, from insects to icebergs. Photographs of animals which are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint, as well as photographs of cultivated plants are ineligible. Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls or storks, adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves, reclaiming it. The original image must have been taken by the photographer, whatever photographic medium is used. Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene. After satisfying the above requirements, every effort should be made to use the highest level of artistic skill in all nature photographs.

PSA ‘Nature’ Definition:

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. Color images can be converted to grayscale monochrome. Infrared images are not allowed.

Creative – Experimental – (PSA PID Colour & Mono)

Creative and experimental photographs are one of the main components of all photography schools, and are very common in digital photography.

Unlike traditional photographs, there is a certain ‘plot’ that is related to integrations and installations, showing the unfamiliar parts of the themes we tackle in an abstract way, even if they appear to be real.

Travel – (PSA PTD)

Over the years, many photographers largely depended on shooting photographs while travelling. To the photographer, countries and cultures are an inexhaustible reservoir of visions.

EPC is looking for your vision of the world – and your way of capturing artistic insights and narrating through images your photographic journey.

PSA ‘Photo Travel’ Definition:

A Photo Travel image must express the feeling of a time and place, and portray a land, its distinctive features or culture in its natural state. There are no geographical limitations. Close-up pictures of people or objects must include distinguishable environment. Techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. All adjustments must appear natural. Conversion to full monochrome is acceptable. Derivations, including infrared, are unacceptable.

Colours – (PSA PID Colour)

Colours are the foundation and joy of life, and are the spirit of any photograph.

Explore their details, contrasts and variations.

Future Image by Future Eyes

This is a special category for participants under 21. The competition is divided into two sections: those who are between 16 and 21, and those under 16.

A. 16 year olds and under (born after 1997)
B. 16 - 21 year olds (born after 1992)

The theme of this category is open, and covers a wide range of topics including nature, people, landscapes, abstract, details or other styles of photography.

All images should show the photographer’s creative or artistic ability, demonstrating the use of light, composition and creative vision that contribute to a photograph's ability to portray a message or story.

To enter this category the photographer does not need to use a professional camera, but can use any digital camera that shoots high quality photos. Images from mobile phones are not allowed. Participation as a group is also allowed if submissions are made via a school, college, university or other educational institution.

Colour photo print (open) – (PSA PPD Large Colour)

Open section for colour photo prints.

Monochrome photo print (open) – (PSA PPD Large Mono)

Open section for monochrome photo prints. FIAP definition of ‘Black and White’: A black and white work fitting from very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work containing various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome 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. 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 ‘Black and White’ Definition:

A monochrome image is defined as having varying shades of no more than one color (various shades of that color from very light to very dark) but it may be any single color. Multi-toned images (various shades of two or more colors) and grayscale images with added an accent color are not acceptable in Monochrome Class sections and must be entered in Color Class sections.

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