Visual Art International Photographic Exhibition








Visual Art Photo


Rory Liang






Closing Date:

30 June 2019

Judging Date:

07 July 2019

Notification Date:

21 July 2019

Catalog Upload Date

11 September 2019

e-Exhibition Date:

11 August 2019 ~ 30 November 2019

Exhibition Date:

23 September 2019

Award Mailing Date:

29 August 2019


¡́  The exhibition is organized under the approved rules of Photographic Society of America (PSA), Global Photographic Union (GPU), Atlantic Institute of Photography (AIP) and Luminosity Photographic Society (LUM).

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

¡́  Submission of an entry signifies acceptance of all our conditions.

¡́  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:

  • May not be re-entered in any section of the same Division Star Ratings class in that exhibition regardless of media, format, or title.
  • May not be re-titled for entry in any other PSA Recognized exhibition. All entrants must provide name and country data exactly the same in each exhibition entered to receive proper credit.

¡́  Words such as ¡°Untitled¡± and ¡°No Title¡± are not acceptable as part or all of an image¡¯s title, nor are camera capture file names.

¡́  No title or identification of the maker shall be visible anywhere on the face of an image, print mat or mount.

¡́  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:

o   the images are the original work of the entrant and

o   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.


¡́  4 sections:

¡¤         Open Color (PSA PID Color)

¡¤         Open Monochrome (PSA PID Monochrome)

¡¤         Photo Travel (PSA PTD)

¡¤         Nature (PSA ND)

¡́  Each participant can enter up to 4 images per section.

¡́  Monochrome images may not enter in the Open Color section.


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

¡́  PSA definition of nature: 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 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. 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.

¡́  PSA definition of 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.

¡́  All entries shall conform to the stricter of these definitions for acceptances to be validated by all the International Organizations granting recognition or patronage.


¡́  Online entry only at http://visual-art.org/

¡́  1 section: US$10;     2 sections: US$17;     3 sections: US$25;     4 sections: US$29

¡́  Entries received without fee will not be judged.

¡́  Payment by PayPal at exhibition website or PayPal to kahwailin@outlook.com

¡́  For group entry of more than 10 people, please contact us for group discount.


¡́  Digital image format: JPEG, sRGB color profile, maximum image width (horizontal) is 1400 pixels and maximum image height (vertical) is 1050 pixels, maximum file size must be 12MB or less.

¡́  All images will be displayed on the P 65¡± 1080p LED Smart HDTV for judging in the public.


¡́  Results will be notified by email and all the judging results are final.

¡́  Electronic catalog in PDF will be produced and available at the exhibition website for download.



¡́  Each entrant owns the copyright of the submitted images. The entrrant certifies the works as this own. The entrant permits the organizers to reproduce the entrered maderial free of charge for promotional purposes related to the exhibition, like catalog and website, unless specifically stated otherwise by the entrant on the entry form.


¡́  Awarded images will be exhibited to the public at Rising Star Photography society LLC, New Jersey, USA on 7 ~ 10 September 2019.

¡́  Awarded and accepted images will be exhibit on the exhibition website http://visual-art.org/ from 22 August 2019 to 17 November 2019.


¡́  The acceptances from this exhibition are eligible:

Ø  PSA Star Rating and Who¡¯s Who in PID Color, PID Monochrome, Nature Division and Photo Travel Division

Ø  GPU distinctions

¡́  Acceptances in PID recognized Color sections shall be credited towards PID Color Star Ratings and Who¡¯s Who Color listings. Acceptances in PID recognized Monochrome sections shall be credited towards PID Monochrome Star Ratings and Who¡¯s Who Monochrome listings.

¡́  All acceptance eligibility shall be in accordance with the PID Star Ratings or the Galaxy/Diamond Ratings requirements as appropriate.


¡́  Total of 148 awards includes:

¡¤         4 PSA Gold ¨C Best of the Show (1 per section)

¡¤         4 GPU Gold ¨C Chairman Choice (1 per section)

¡¤         4 VAP Gold  (1 per section)

¡¤         4 AIP Gold (1 per section)

¡¤         4 LUM Gold (1 per section)

¡¤         8 VAP Silver (1 per section)

¡¤         8 AIP Silver (1 per section)

¡¤         8 LUM Silver (2 per section)

¡¤         12 VAP Bronze (3 per section)

¡¤         12 AIP Bronze (3 per section)

¡¤         12 LUM Bronze (3 per section)

¡¤         8 GPU Honorable Mention (2 per section)

¡¤         20 VAP Honorable Mention (5 per section)

¡¤         20 AIP Honorable Mention (5 per section)

¡¤         20 LUM Honorable Mention (5 per section)

¡́  Each participant can win one medal per section.