Cork International Salon of Photography

Rules & Regulations

Salon Calendar

Closing Date: 04/11/2018

End Judging: 11/11/2018

Issue Result Notifications: 24/11/2018

Exhibition: 12/01/19

Catalogues & Awards Sent: 27/01/2019

Conditions of Entry to Salon

. Entry Fee:

1) 1 Section: €15

2) 2 Sections: €20

3) 3 Sections: €25

4) 4 Sections: €30

5) 5 Sections: €35

6) 6 Sections: €40

. Payment is via Paypal through the online entry system.

. This salon will follow the recommended procedures of FIAP & PSA.

. The exhibition is open to anyone; however, an entry may be rejected when the sponsoring organization or its agent, in its reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to the exhibition rules and conditions.

. 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.

. With 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.

. 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 which 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. Your email address and contact information will not be made public.

. Each photographer may submit a maximum of four images in each of the following six sections. An entrant's four images will be distributed throughout four rounds of judging in that section.

1) Colour - Open (PID color)

2) Monochrome - Open (PID mono)

3) Nature

4) Landscape (PID color)

5) Creative (PID color)

6) Photo Travel

. Monochrome images entered in the Landscape or Creative sections will only be eligible for PSA Colour Class star ratings.

. There are no restrictions as to subject matter except as outlined in the rules and definitions of specific sections, or specified by law in the country where the exhibition is held.

. The same images may not be submitted to more than one section.

. The exhibition is open to anyone; however, an entry may be rejected when the sponsoring organization or its agent, in its reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to the exhibition rules and conditions.


. 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.

. Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of objects via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally. By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the work as his own (aliases are not permitted). 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. Images may be altered, either electronically or otherwise, by the maker provided the photographic content predominates, subject to Nature, Photo Travel and Photojournalism divisional restrictions. All final work must be on photographic film, or on electronic file, or on photographic or electronic print material, mounting excepted.

. Each image must have a unique title. Once an image has been accepted in a PSA Recognized exhibition, that same image, or a like "in camera" or a "reproduction" duplicate of that image:

i. May not be re-entered in any section of the same Division Star Ratings class in that exhibition regardless of media, format, or title.

ii. May not be re-titled for entry in any other PSA Recognized exhibition.

Words such as "Untitled" and "No Title" are not acceptable as part or all of an image's title, nor are camera capture filenames.

. No title or identification of the maker shall be visible anywhere on the face of an image, print mat or mount entered in a PSA Recognized exhibition.

. All participants will receive a printed catalogue.

. The submission of an entry signifies acceptance of these rules and conditions.

. Judges' decisions are final.

. A selection of accepted images will be projected at public showing - date noted on salon calendar at start of document.

. Monochrome and Nature entries must meet the definitions of FIAP to be eligible for FIAP awards.

. Monochrome, Photo Travel and Nature entries must meet the definitions of the PSA to be eligible for PSA awards.

How to Enter

. Entry must be completed via the online entry system.

Image specifications:

In order to comply with FIAP & PSA rules to project the image at no more than 100% resolution of projector, images should be sized to fit a maximum width of 1920 pixels and/or a maximum height of 1080 pixels.

sRGB colour space

Image size should not exceed 2MB

Image title should not exceed 35 characters

. Correspondence and inquires to the salon committee:


Monochrome (FIAP Definition):

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 work requires colour reproduction in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage.

Monochrome (PSA Definition):

An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no colour (i.e. contains only shades of grey which can include pure black and pure white) OR it gives the impression of being a grayscale image that has been toned in one colour across the entire image. (For example by Sepia, red, gold, etc.) A grayscale or multi-coloured image modified or giving the impression of having been modified by partial toning, multi toning or by the inclusion of spot colouring does not meet the definition of monochrome and shall be classified as a Colour Work.

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. No techniques that add, 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, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed. Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife. Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food. Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species. Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections of Exhibitions.

Photo Travel (PSA 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.

Creative (Salon Definition):

Creative is a word that means different things to different people. Obviously in every category we would hope to see the most creative works submitted, but this category is your opportunity to think completely outside the box and to unshackle yourself from convention. The term creative is often synonymous with Photoshop and post processing amongst mainstream photographers and amongst the fine art photographers it is often about breaking the mould/rules. Here we would like to see every kind of creative approach in all styles of photography. This is your opportunity to have fun, experiment and go crazy! Show us something that we would generally never see in any other category. Sounds vague? It's meant to be. Create your own definition!sRGB colour space

. Awards

1 FIAP Gold, Silver & Bronze per section

1 PSA Gold, Silver & Bronze per section

1 SACC (salon medal) Gold, Silver & Bronze per section

1 IPF Silver Judge's medal per section

6 FIAP hm Ribbons per Section

2 PSA hm Ribbons per Section

6 Salon hm Ribbons per Section

FIAP Blue Pin will be awarded to best author of the salon

1 IPF Silver Salon Chairman's award will be awarded

Catalogues and awards will be posted at your own risk.