PARTICIPATION

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 exhibition rules and conditions.
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. The exhibition assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright. An entry may be rejected when the sponsoring organization or its agent, in its reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to exhibition rules and conditions. All acceptances will count for FIAP, PSA and GPU distinctions.

PATRONAGES

FIAP – 2019/190      PSA – 2019-120      GPU – L190079       PSV – 2019 – 1

158 AWARDS

Gold Medals – FIAP, PSA, GPU, IPSV
Silver Medals – FIAP, PSA, IPSV
Bronze Medals – FIAP, PSA, IPSV
FIAP Honorable Mention Ribbons
PSA Honorable Mention Ribbons
GPU Honorable Mention Ribbons
Judges Choice
PSV Diplomas
FIAP Award ”Best Author” SLBP
Special CLUB CUP Award

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The FIAP Award of “Best Author” will be awarded to the Entrant who gains the highest number of Acceptances across all 6 categories.

Special CLUB CUP award  would be given to the photographic club with the most members, accepted in the final selection.

Each participant will receive Acceptances Certificates for the accepted photos and and award winning authors will receive Awards Certificates.

SECTIONS

12th International Photographic Salon Varna 2019 is divided in 6 sections

OPEN (color digital) – FIAP (C), PSA PID
OPEN (monochrome digital) – FIAP (M), PSA PID
NATURE (color/mono digital) – FIAP, PSA PND
PHOTO TRAVEL (color/mono digital) – FIAP PI M & C, PSA PTD
LANDSCAPE (color/mono) – FIAP PI M & C, PSA PID
FACE AND BODY (color/mono digital) – FIAP PI M & C, PSA PID

Accepted entries will be eligible for the following FIAP Honors – AFIAP, EFIAP, EFIAP/b, EFIAP/s, EFIAP/g, EFIAP/p, as well as and GPU distinctions.
Acceptances shall be credited towards Star Ratings for the each division and Who’s Who Listings or the Galaxy/Diamond Ratings requirements as appropriate, credited toward the PSA Distinctions PPSA, EPSA and GPU distinctions.

GENERAL CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

  • Each author can participate with not more than 4 (four) photos in each category (total 24 photos);each photo can be presented in one category only. One and the same photograph should be uploaded only as a color image or as a monochrome image.
  • All parts of the image have to be photographed by the author who is holding the copyright of all works submitted.
  • The Salon would be conducted under the approved rules of FIAP, PSA and See Categories Definitions below.
  • The right to reproduce entries in the catalogue will be assumed and copyright rules will be strictly followed.
  • Notification of results will be sent via email and uploaded on participant’s profile account on our website. Each participant will receive an individual notification of his results.
  • If a fee has not been received the images will not be judged.
  • An entry may be rejected by the organizers if it does not conform to Salon rules and conditions.
  • Each author can receive only one medal in each of the sections.
  • 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 shall be in the same round order as submitted by the entrant.
  • The decision of the jury will be final and without appeal.
  • The organisers will take great care of the entered work but decline all responsibility in case of loss, theft or deterioration during transit or during the exhibition and/or projection.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  1. a) the images are the original work of the entrant and
  2. 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.
  • By submitting his/her images to the Salon, the participant expressly agrees with the following text:“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.”
  • SUBMISSION of an entry signifies acceptance of all our conditions
  • PDF catalog for download will be available on our website. Luxurous printed copy “Luxury Edition” of the catalog would be available for purchase at participant’s profile account on our website (single unit price – 13 euro incl. shipping)
  • The Organizer decides which of the accepted images would be included in the Catalog and in the Exhibition.

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 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.

SUBMISSION OF WORKS

On-Line Entry: Entry to the salon is made via the on-line entry form by clicking on this link ENTRY FORM.
You will be receiving emails from info@fotosalonvarna.org
Please ensure your SPAM filter will always accept emails from this address.

Image requirements :
Accepted file types *.jpg, *.jpeg
Maximum image width (horizontal) is 3840 pix, Maximum image height (vertical) is 2160 pix. The entry will be displayed on 4K TV – 3840 x 2160 pixels.
File size maximum is 5 MB
Images must not have any borders or signatures; images are being judged on black background and exhibited on black/gray background
Embedding a source ICC profile is recommended
The file name should be a maximum of 30 characters. File name should be in English, unique, NOT containing special symbols. File name should be the artwork name. Example: sunrise.jpg. Words such as “Untitled” and “No Title” are not acceptable as part or all of an image’s title, nor are camera capture filenames or titles consisting of only numbers.

ENTRY FEE

Individual Entries

1,2 categories

20 euro

3,4 categories

25 euro

5,6 categories

30 euro

Group Entries

5 authors – 15% discount
6 – 10 authors – 20% discount
10 – 20 authors– 25% discount
For any groups above 20 people, please contact us and we’ll give you a special offer!

Note: Group entries refer to photo clubs, associations and other photo organizations. In order to get the special group entry fee offer, the group secretary should send member list to info@fotosalonvarna.org before the registration of each member.

The main requirement is an indication of a single mailing addressto send the awards.

Each group member should register individually, and upload images in his personal profile. The organizer would send a general invoice to the group secretary, which once paid, status would be automatically reflected as ‘paid’ in all member profiles.

PAYMENT

Entry fee payment could be made with credit/debit cards through PayPal (even without registration). Each participant would be redirected to PayPal website for payment during entry registration process.

PayPal account: info@fotosalonvarna.org

Bank transfer is also possible.

Unicredit Bulbank
IBAN BG79 UNCR 7000 1521 3982 52
BIC UNCRBGSF
Odessos Colour 2008 Ltd

Skrill payment
Skrill account :
info@fotosalonvarna.org
(ID : 45580631)

Participants should keep in mind that in case of bank transfer, they should add 7 euro to the entry fee to cover bank commission.
Once payment received, the payment status in your profile would be updated.
Entries for which no or no complete payment has been received will not be judged. The entry fee is not refundable.

JURY

Mr. Ovi D.Pop (Romania) EFIAP/b – Chairman
Mr. Miroslav Mominski (Bulgaria) EFIAP
Mr. Plamen Mihaylov (Bulgaria) PSV

 

Judging: An entrant’s images (in each Section) will be distributed throughout four rounds of judging.

EXHIBITION CALENDAR

Closing date: 2nd April 2019
Judging: 9th – 11th April 2019
Notification: 24th April 2019
Awards Certificates, Acceptances Certificates sent by email after: 14th May 2019
Exhibition and slide show date: 3rd June 2019 See Garden Varna Exhibition and at other locations
Mailing of the awards and catalogues to the authors by August 2019.

CATALOG

PDF catalog for download will be available on our website. Luxurous printed copy “Luxury Edition” of the catalog would be available for purchase at participant’s profile account on our website (single unit price– 13 euro incl. shipping). Extra copies of the printed catalog could also be ordered in addition (single unit price – 13 euro incl. shipping).  Please note that if you would like to order catalogs after we announce the results of the contest, you would not be able to order them directly from your profile but you have to contact us; single unit price at this time would be 15 euro. incl. shipping.

The organizers will do their best to deliver safely emails, awards and catalogs however cannot be held responsible if they are damaged or lost during transit or do not reach its recipient.

COPYRIGHT

Each participant should own the copyright of the submitted images. The participant expressly declares, without any time limitation, that images entered in the contest may be used by the organizers to advertise the competition, in whatever way, and wherever, without further compensation by the organizers and their partners. (including not only media partners, but also organization partners and cooperation partners and those third parties who, in whatever form, without prior payment, contribute to the competition). The organizers will take care that images used for advertising are copyright-marked as such and will not be manipulated by digital means; a guarantee however that this actually happens, can’t be taken over by the organizers, because the use of such images for contest advertising purposes does happen outside the sphere of influence of the organizers (in particular use of the photos on magazine cover pages and the associated text placements on such covers). The participant therefore expressly waives the right to assert any claims (in particular copyright infringement) against the organizers in this regard. A right to use images entered in the contest for pure profit purposes (totally apart from advertising the contest) is excluded without a separate approval by the participant. Explicitly excluded from such separate approval is the use of images in the “Luxury Edition” of the competition catalogue. A promotional purpose does exist in any case, when the organizers present entered images in the way of a catalogue or the “Luxury edition” of the contest, in additional exhibitions for promotional purposes to third parties, even if a fee is required for such catalogues, the luxury edition or exhibitions. The participant expressly declares that he at least is owner of those rights, which are necessary for the contest participation and handing over the above rights in contest promotion matters to the organizers (especially the right the publish images showing people); he holds in this respect the organizer harmless and indemnify. The participant accepts these conditions by participating in the competition.

DEFINITIONS

All Images entered MUST comply with the PSA, FIAP and GPU Definitions below. Images failing to do so will not be judged.

OPEN Colour Definition
Any image that satisfies the general rules may be submitted in the Open section. Any subject, theme or technique is eligible.

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

Monochrome PSA 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. Images that appear to be tones of a single color will be considered a monochrome. Multi-toned images (various shades of two or more colors) and greyscale images with an added accent color are not acceptable in Monochrome Class sections and must be entered in Color Class sections.

PHOTO TRAVEL  PSA Definition

A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.

LANDSCAPE
This category calls for the most beautiful landscapes from all over the world. Best panoramic landscapes. With or without people, at any weather condition and seasons, at the very best light. Sea / water and under waterscapes, desert / arctic / icy mountain and forest landscapes, cityscapes – whatever you like! Show us the beauty of the world we live in! We expect spectacular and imaginative shots beyond the usual perspective!

NATURE
Images entered in the Nature Section MUST comply with the following PSA, FIAP and RPS definitions. Images failing to do so will not be judged.
Nature Photography Definition
Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict 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 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 thatalters 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. Color images can be converted to greyscale 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.

FACE AND BODY
Center of interest is the human face and body in all its forms and manifestations. Portrait and fine art nude photography.
Portraits of people of all colours, races, religions, the whole range of human feelings. Live photography, outdoor photography as well as studio portraits. Men, women, children. The human face as a reflection on emotion and life experience.
Fine-art photography, taken outdoors or under studio conditions, full of idea, creativity, with a touch of erotic mood, which depicts the nude human body with an emphasis on form, composition, emotional content, and other aesthetic qualities.

CONTACTS

Contact person:
Mr. Ivan Germanov
INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SALON VARNA
28, Tsonyo Todorov Str., PO Box 46
Varna 9009 BULGARIA