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1ST INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT PHOTO BRIDGE 2020: GEORGIA-CYPRUS-INDIA

FIAP 2020/461 (Georgia), 2020/463 (India), 2020/462 (Cyprus) / PSA 2020-476 PID-C (OPEN COLOR), PID-M (OPEN MONOCHROME), ND (NATURE) / GPU L200180-MM4G3S3B / APG 06/2020 / FIP 2020/FIP/134-135-136/2020 / UPA 02/2020 / Photolife 04/2020 / GNG (India) 2020/003/2020IAP № 2019/552

International photo salon Tbilisi (Georgia) / International photo salon Limassol (Cyprus) / International photo salon Chennai (India)

Organizers:
Association of Photographers of Georgia (FIAP OM Georgia)
Orasis Club, Limassol (ILFIAP Cyprus)
AvTvISO (ILFIAP India)

Recognitions:
FIAP 2020/461 (Georgia), 2020/463 (India), 2020/462 (Cyprus)
PSA 2020-476 PID-C (OPEN COLOR), PID-M (OPEN MONOCHROME), ND (NATURE)
GPU
APG 06/2020
FIP 2020/FIP/134-135-136/2020
UPA 02/2020
Photolife 04/2020
GNG (India) 2020/003/2020

Conditions of Entry

1. General
The Circuit consist of 3 salons, 3 country, and entry is open to photographers all over the world. It will be organized under the approved rules of FIAP, PSA, GPU, and the Association of Photographers of Georgia. Entry is open to photographers all over the world. All acceptances will count for FIAP, PSA, and GPU, APG and for inclusion in PSA Star Rating and "Who’s Who".

2. Sections
There are three sections, all DIGITAL all in color or/and monochrome:
A) Open Color (PSA PID-C)
B) Open Monochrome (PSA PID-M)
C) Nature (PSA ND Color/Monochrome)

Each photo can be presented in only one section. When an entrant submits images which are significantly similar to each other, only one of the images will be accepted, even if the images are entered in different sections. Entries must originate as photographs made by the entrant. All techniques are permitted (except nature). An entrant’s four images will be distributed throughout four rounds of judging for each section.

3. Submit of photos
ALL entries MUST be submitted via the internet. Entries NOT submitted via our entry page will not be judged.
The maximum number of works is four (4) per section. (Total 12 photos).
Photos must be in JPG file format, Entries size requirements: for horisontal and vertical images the longest side of an image must be exactly 1024 pixels. Maximum file size: 1Mb. The images will be monitored by the Jury on the Projector InFocus IN2138HD 4500-Lumen Full HD DLP Projector, native Resolution Full HD (1920 x 1080). Participants have to uload files online with our entry-form. Each entry-form must be written only in English. No requirements for file names, file name should be as you would want it to appear in the catalogue. Only English letters (a-z) are allowed. An entrant's four images will be distributed throughout four rounds of judging for all sections.The images received from the photographer will be judged at 100% of the maximum permitted pixel size. Digital images must not be altered, including resizing, by the Exhibition before judging.

4. File name
As the photographer wishes. All information needed will be collected from the online entry system. Maximum of 30 characters.
Please do not use invalid characters such us / : ? * " < > | ' # ( )

5. Entry Form
Authors submit photos online. Each entry-form must be written only in English. If any problems while online registration, etrants can download and fulfill Registration Form (doc file) and send it with competitive images via email: narikala.exhibition@gmail.com
Following the instructions on www.photo-forum.eu. Online registration (Entry Form): http://www.photo-forum.eu/

6. Author copyright
Each entrant owns the copyright of the submitted images. The entrant certifies the work as his own. The entrant permits the organizers to reproduce the entered material free of charge for promotional purposes related to the Circuit, like the catalogue, photo CD/DVD and the website, unless specifically stated otherwise by the entrant on the entry form.

7. Catalogue
Each entrant will receive free of charge a best quality pdf catalog.

8. Notification card
Each entrant will received via e-mail a report card with the results of his/her submitted photos. All results will be uploaded in the website of the circuit www.photo-forum.eu

9. Entry fee
The entry fee for entries are to be paid by following the instructions on the website when filling out the entry form, after the upload of the photos will be finished. Payment should be in accordance with the entry fees stated there. Club discount is also specified. Cheques are not accepted. Entries for which no or insufficient payment has been received will not be judged.
Entry fee is mandatory for all participants:

Entrance fee per person for 3 salons:
1 section €25
2 sections €29
3 sections €33

Discount
Group Entries
There is a 10% discount for group entries (more than 10 participations)

10. Terms of payment
Transfer to PayPal email: internationalphotosalons@gmail.com (preferred method)
The another payment methods like as SKRILL( apggeorgia@gmail.com) and ManeyGram/Western Union (Send to NINO MGHEBRISHVILI, Georgia) are allowed.
For another way for payment please contact us by email: apg.contests@gmail.com
Payment comments: please write the full name of the author. Checks are not accepted. The works of the authors who did not pay the fee would not be taken into consideration.
Regardless of the results, the fee is non-refundable.

11. Catalogue
On-line PDF Exhibition Catalogue.

12. Jury Panel
International photo salon Chennai (India)
Kakha Pkhakadze, AFIAP, EP, QEP, MAPG (Georgia)- Salon chairman
Mzia Lekveishvili, EP, MPAG (Georgia)
Sophio Melikidze, EP, MPAG (Georgia)
Reserve member: George Mindiashvili (Georgia)

International photo salon Tbilisi (Georgia)
Doros Theodorou, EFIAP/B, QPSA (Cyprus) - Salon chairman
Ricos Andreas Gregoriou, EFIAP/s, EAPG (Cyprus)
Mehmet Gokyigit EFIAP/s, C*MoL, Hon.FAPG (Cyprus)
Reserve member: Agis Taramides EFIAP/P (Cyprus)

International photo salon Limassol (Cyprus)
Udayan Sankar PAl, EFIAP (India) - Salon chairman
Dr. B. K. Sinha, MFIAP (India)
Narendu Ghosh, EFIAP (India)
Reserve member: Sadiqur Rahman, AFIAP (India)

13. Awards
Totally 325 awards: 3 FIAP Blue Badge, 94 medals, 110 HM, 99 Diplomas, 9 GNG badge,

International photo salon Tbilisi (Georgia)
FIAP Blue Badge for the best Author
Salon Chairman Choice – one Gold Medal
FIAP – Gold medal in each section (3 altogether) + 2 FIAP honorable mention ribbons in each section (6 altogether)
PSA - Gold medal in each section (3 altogether) + 2 PSA honorable mention ribbons in each section (6 altogether)
GPU – 2 Gold medals, 1 Silver medal, 1 Bronze medal (4 altogether) + 8 GPU honorable mention ribbons
FIP (Federation of Photography of India) - 1 Gold medal, 3 FIP ribbons
APG (Association of Photographers of Georgia) - 3 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze medals (9 altogether) + 3 APG honorable mention ribbons in each section (9 altogether) + 12 Digital Diplomas
APG - Salon Gold medal in each section (3 altogether)
UPA - 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze medals (4 altogether) + 5 UPA honorable mention + 12 Digital Diplomas
UPA Salon - 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze medals (3 altogether)
GNG Club - 2 Gold medal + 3 GNG badges
PHOTOLIFE - 2 PHOTOLIFE Honorable Mention Ribbon (2 altogether) + 9 Digital Diplomas

In one section: 33 medals, 39 HM ribbons, 33 Diplomas, 4 badges, altogether: 109 awards.
The jury reserves the right to grant additional awards. The decision of the jury is final and irrevocable, complaints are not possible.

International photo salon Chennai (India)
FIAP Blue Badge for the best Author
Salon Chairman Choice – one Gold Medal
FIAP – Gold medals in each section (3 altogether) + 2 FIAP honorable mention ribbons in each section (6 altogether)
PSA - Gold medals in each section (3 altogether) + 2 PSA honorable mention ribbons in each section (6 altogether)
GPU – 1 Gold medal, 1 Silver medal, 1 Bronze medal (3 altogether) + 2 GPU honorable mention ribbons in each section (6 altogether)
FIP – 1 Gold medal, 3 FIP ribbons
APG (Association of Photographers of Georgia) - 3 APG Gold, 18 honorable mention ribbons, + 9 Digital Diplomas
UPA - 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze medals (3 altogether) + 4 UPA honorable mention ribbons + 12 Digital Diplomas
UPA Salon - 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze medals (4 altogether)
AvTvISO Club - 3 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze medals (9 altogether) + 6 Digital Diplomas
AvTvISO Club - Salon Gold medal in each section (3 altogether)
GNG Club - 2 Gold medal + 3 badges
PHOTOLIFE - 2 PHOTOLIFE Honorable Mention Ribbon + 2 Digital Diplomas in each section (6 Digital Diplomas)

In one section: 35 medals, 36 HM ribbons, 33 Diplomas, 4 badges. Altogether: 108 awards.
The jury reserves the right to grant additional awards. The decision of the jury is final and irrevocable, complaints are not possible.

International photo salon Limassol (Cyprus)
FIAP Blue Badge for the best Author
Salon Chairman Choice – one Gold Medal
FIAP – Gold medals in each section (3 altogether) + 2 FIAP honorable mention ribbons in each section (6 altogether)
PSA - Gold medals in each section (3 altogether) + 2 PSA honorable mention ribbons in each section (6 altogether)
GPU – 1 Gold medal, 1 Silver medal, 1 Bronze medal (3 altogether) + 2 GPU honorable mention ribbons in each section (6 altogether)
FIP – 1 Gold medal, 3 FIP ribbons
APG (Association of Photographers of Georgia) - 3 APG Gold, 9 honorable mention ribbons, + 9 Digital Diplomas.
UPA - 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze medals (3 altogether) + 4 UPA honorable mention altogether) + 12 Digital Diplomas
UPA Salon - 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze medals (4 altogether)
Orasis Club – 3 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze medals (9 altogether) + 6 Digital Diplomas
Orasis Club - - Salon Gold medal in each section (3 altogether)
GNG Club - 1 Gold medal + 3 badges
PHOTOLIFE - 3 PHOTOLIFE Honorable Mention Ribbon (3 altogether) + 2 Digital Diplomas in each section (6 Digital Diplomas)

In one section: 34 medals, 37 HM ribbons, 33 diplomas, 4 badges; altogether 108 awards
The jury reserves the right to grant additional awards. The decision of the jury is final and irrevocable, complaints are not possible.

14. Calendar
Closing date: 3 December 2020
Judging:
6-9 December 2020 - International photo salon Chennai (India)
10-13 December 2020 - International photo salon Tbilisi (Georgia)
14-17 December 2020 - International photo salon Limassol (Cyprus)
Notification: 30 December 2020
EDAS report: 15 January 2021
PDF catalogue: 1 March 2021
Exhibitions and awards: April-May 2021

14. Agree with the conditions
SUBMISSION of an entry signifies acceptance of all our conditions.

15. Rejection
An entry may be rejected by the organizers if it does not conform to Circuit rules and conditions.

16. Jury decision
The jury decision is final.

17. Definitions
PSA definition of Monochrome Photography:
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.

FIAP Definition of the black and white photography (monochrome).
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.

The 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 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.

16. FIAP document 018/2017 E
“I hereby expressly agree to FIAP document 018/2017 E «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.”

17. FIAP TEXT
"By 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.”

18. PSA TEXT
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.

18. DRONE POLICY
The Board approved a new policy on the use of drones and it is available here http://psaphoto.org/index.php?psa-policies&a=view&faq_id=1632. The policy has a legal
section which basically requires members to follow whatever laws exist in the country in which they are using a drone. There is also an ethical component to the policy and it states: One of the tenets of photography, is that the safety and well-being of the subject, photographer and surroundings is of paramount importance over the capturing of the photograph.
The purpose of this section is to prevent any interference with other individuals or animals which will or may cause a disturbance in their normal activity or disrupt the way an individual or animal interacts with its environment.
May not fly a drone above people for the purpose of photographing their activity, unless permission is granted in writing
May not fly or photograph animals in their natural habitat, especially nesting areas and locations where the animal is already under stress (winter survival, migratory feeding, protecting young). Photographing scenery/landscapes is permissible.
May not fly or photograph in any designated wilderness area.

Nino Mghebrishvili, Chairman of the circuit
Association of Photographers of Georgia, FIAP OM, Liaison officer
www.fotosalons.net, apg.contests@gmail.com
+995599028530
Varketili 3, 2 micro-district, 2 building, app.63, Tbilisi, Georgia