INDIAN CONTINENTAL CIRCUIT RULES & REGULATIONS

1. Photographers from all over the world are entitled to participate. However, an entry may be rejected when the Organization, in its reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to the contest rules and conditions.

2. The Organization assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright. Digital sections images may be acquired digitally, or scanned from film by the entrant or a third party to create a digital file. Adjustments and cleaning to make the digital file match the original film image are allowed.

3. All parts of the image have to be photographed by the author who is holding the copyright of all works submitted.



4. Image titles must not exceed 35 characters and shall not use “NOTITLE”, “UNTITLED” or special characters in naming. Results will be published in website www.icccircuit.in and will be intimated via email to contestants.

5. Each participant registration (filling in of registration form), image upload, entering of image title (no file renaming requested) and fee payment shall be performed directly on the website: www.icccircuit.in.

6. Only Western characters are allowed for both participant registration and image titles. The original file name shall be written in Western characters too when uploading the file. At the end of registration payment will be required. Participants may choose to pay either by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, PayPal & Skrill) or PayPal / Skrill account. Images from participants who are not up to date with the registration fee payment will not be accepted.

7. The decision of the Panel of selectors is final and binding, no further appeal will be entertained.

8. BREACH OF CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
If the exhibition determines before, during, or after the judging that an entrant has submitted entries where one or more images fail to comply with these Conditions of Entry, including the stated definitions, the exhibition reserves the right and discretion to delete the entry from the exhibition and void any or all acceptances or awards. Fees may be forfeited in these circumstances. In order to ensure that images comply with the Conditions of Entry and definitions, the exhibition may carry out checks on the images to make sure 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.
This may involve asking the entrant to provide originally captured image(s), with EXIF data intact, by a set deadline. The questioned image(s) of any entrant failing to comply with such a request for the original image(s) 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.

9. Each photographer is responsible for the subject of all his/her entries. At the end of the event, all files will be destroyed excepting those admitted or awarded, which will be instead kept and exclusively used for contest-related non commercial purposes, such as projections, making of the catalogue, exhibition of the awarded photographs, and organizing club newsletters (both on hard copy and on the net).

10. The Organization guarantees maximum care in handling the files received. However, it assumes no liability for any kind of damages or losses since the total procedures are done digitally.

11. Uncollected awards will be shipped at the receiver's own risk. The shipping costs will be borne by the Organization. However once sent awards if returned will be the despatched by the sole discretion of the chairman.

12. At the end of the event, all contestants will be given the WEB catalogue (PDF) containing all the award winning works and a selection of those admitted to the 3 contests.

13. Please note that, pursuant to art. 13 of the INDIAN CYBER ACT 2000 (Personal Data Protection Code), the personal data provided within the contests being part of the Circuit will be gathered and recorded by the ORGANISERS on electronic and paper media. Data will be protected and handled by the implementation of measures appropriated to guarantee safety and confidentiality according to the relevant laws and regulations. Data might be published on-line (as provided for by the PSA contest regulations) on the websites of the organizing clubs and on the Circuit Facebook page and on the means mentioned in point 10 of these Rules and Conditions.

14. A projector will be used in judging still electronic images having the following minimum specifications : Resolution: XGA (or higher) 1024 X 768 pixels and hence Images should be 1024 X 768 pixels. File size is preferred within 1 MB. Image files shall be saved in the sRGB or RGB colour space and in jpg format, (no file renaming requested).

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. All entrants in must provide name and country data exactly the same in each exhibition entered to receive proper credit.

18. Participating in the Circuit implies the clear and unconditional acceptance of these Rules and Conditions.


DEFINITIONS OF DIVISIONS

PSA MONOCHROME

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 greyscale images with added an accent color are not acceptable in Monochrome Class sections and must be entered in Color Class sections.

FIAP & PSA NATURE

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches ofnatural 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 maintaininghigh technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elementsare integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adaptedto an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depictingnatural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars onwild 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 thatenhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorialcontent, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focusstacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such asdust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. Allallowed adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to greyscalemonochrome. Infrared images, either direct captures or derivations, are not allowed. Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can havelandscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primarysubject 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 totallydependent on man for food.

PSA PHOTO TRAVEL

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.

PSA PHOTO JOURNALISM - STREET

Photojournalism entries shall consist of images with informative content and emotional impact, reflecting the human presence in our world. The journalistic (story-telling) value of the image shall receive priority over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, images that misrepresent the truth, such as those from events or activities specifically arranged for photography or of subjects directed or hired for photography, are not eligible. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable modifications are removal of dust, scratches or digital noise, restoration of the existing appearance of the original scene, sharpening that is not obvious, and conversion to greyscale monochrome. Derivations, including infrared, are not eligible.