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.

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
Best Author In Section
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.

CATEGORIES/SECTIONS

10th International Photographic Salon Varna 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
CREATIVE (color/mono digital) – FIAP PI M & C, PSA PID
PEOPLE (color/mono digital) – 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.
  • 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.
    By submitting his/her images to the Salon, the participant expressly agrees to the FIAP document 2014/317E Conditions for application and regulations for organization of international photographic events and especially to its chapter II “Regulations for International photographic events under FIAP patronage” dealing under Section II.2 with the FIAP participation rules and the red lisSubmission of an entry signifies acceptance of all our conditions.
  • SUBMISSION of an entry signifies acceptance of all our conditions
  • The Organizer decides which of the accepted images would be included in the Catalog and in the Exhibition.
  • 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

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
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

1,2,3 categories

25 euro

4,5,6 categories

35 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. Each group member should register individually, and upload images in his personal profile (entering identical postal address for catalog shipping for all group members is mandatory!) 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. Bank transfer is also possible.

Bank: ALLIANZ BANK
IBAN: BG20 BUIN 9561 1000 5553 43
Recipient: Odessos Soft LTD
BIC code: BUINBGSF

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. Marcel van Balken (Netherlands) EFIAP, EPSA – Chairman
Mr. Plamen Mihaylov (Bulgaria) PSV
Mr. Sergey Panayotov (Bulgaria)

 

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

EXHIBITION CALENDAR

Closing date: 04th July 2017
Judging: 11th – 13st July 2017
Notification: 27th July 2017
Exhibition and slide show date: 01st September 2017 See Garden Varna Exhibition and at other locations
Mailing of the awards, catalogues, total rejects and accepted entries to the authors by August 2017.

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. Images that have been manipulated extensively should be submitted in the Experimental section.

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.

CREATIVE/Experimental
This category means different things to different people and therein lies the appeal for photographers who like to think outside the box. For the purpose of this Salon, there are other labels which cover this genre which include Abstract, Altered Reality, Contemporary, Creative, Surreal, Experimental. The common thread is that this embraces a very diverse category of
images made using an assortment of techniques and with equally varied intentions. All components of the image (which may include computer graphics) must have been created by the entrant (the inclusion of stock images is not permitted), and the photographic content should predominate. The original image content could be altered with adjustments, scenes could be created with rearranging, replacing, adding or removing content from the original image/s. Photographs, which have been processed for the purposes of image enhancement, restoration or compression without altering the reality of the scene should be uploaded in Traditional  categories.

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.
Authentic Wildlife PSA Definition
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.

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