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 PSA and GPU distinctions.

169 AWARDS

Medals PSA, GPU, OPE
Honorable Mentions PSA, GPU
Judges Choice
Best Of Section
Diplomas PSV
Special CLUB CUP award

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48
36
12
12

You can see detailed breakdown of the awards by category here. Each partitipant can win one award per section.

CATEGORIES

Odessos Photo Exhibition is divided in 12 sections:

OPEN (color digital) – PSA PID color
OPEN (monochrome digital) – PSA PID mono
PORTRAIT & BODY (color/mono digital) – PSA PID color
LANDSCAPE (color/mono digital) – PSA PID color
ACTION, MOVEMENT, SPORT (color/mono digital) – PSA PID color
CREATIVE (color/mono digital) – PSA PID color
NATURE (color/mono digital) – PSA ND
WILDLIFE (color/monochrome digital) PSA ND
PHOTO TRAVEL (color/mono digital) – PSA PTD
EMOTION & HUMAN RELATIONS (color/mono digital) – PSA PTD color
STREET LIFE, ARCHITECTURE & CITY SCAPES (color/mono digital) – PSA PTD color
PHOTOJOURNALISM (color/monochrome digital) PSA PJD

 

  • 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 honours.

GENERAL CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

  • Each author can participate with not more than 4 (four) photos in each category (total 48 photos);each photo can be presented in one category only.
  • All parts of the image have to be photographed by the author who is holding the copyright of all works submitted.
  • Images must be in digital format and must be submitted online after registration at Salon’s website
  • The Salon would be conducted under the approved rules of PSA, and GPU. See Categories Definitions below.
  • 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.
  • The right to reproduce entries in the catalogue will be assumed and copyright rules will be strictly followed.
  • Gallery and pdf catalog of all awarded and accepted images would be available on our website.
  • 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.
  • The decision of the jury will be final and without appeal.
  • Each author can receive only one medal in each of the sections.
  • SUBMISSION of an entry signifies acceptance of all our conditions.

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@odessosphoto.org.
Please, add this mail to your address book or ensure your SPAM filter will always accept emails from this address.

Image requirements :

  • Accepted file types *.jpg, *.jpeg
  • Maximum image width (horizontal) is 1920 pix. Maximum image height (vertical) is 1080 pix. The entry will be displayed on TV – 1920 x 1080 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, 4, 5, 6 category

25 $

7,8,9 category

35 $

10,11 or all 12 category

45 $

  •  We accept payment in any currency, though during payment, PayPal would covert your currency to the above stated USD fees at its daily exchange rate.

 

Group Entries
5 authors – 15% discount
6 – 10 authors – 20% discount
Over 10 authors– 25% discount
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@odessosphoto.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 Details:
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 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. Plamen Mihaylov (Bulgaria) PSV – Chairman

Mr. Gencho Petkov (Bulgaria) AFIAP

Mr. Angel Nenov (Bulgaria)
Alternate: Mr. Sergey Panayotov (Bulgaria)

 

 

 

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

Jury decision is final and irrevocable.

EXHIBITION CALENDAR

Closing date: 06 October 2017
Judging: 10 – 12 October 2017
Notification: 18 October 2017
Please, add this mail (info@odessosphoto.org) to your address book or ensure your SPAM filter will always accept emails from this address.
First public projection: 24 October 2017 – Hotel Zdravets, Velingrad
Second public projection: 03 Desember 2017 – Odessos Hall, Varna
Mailing of the awards, PDF catalogue, total rejects and accepted entries to the authors by January 2017.

CATALOGUE

The PDF Catalog for download on our web site:

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. A promotional purpose does exist in any case, when the organizers present entered images in the way of a catalogue of the contest, in additional exhibitions for promotional purposes to third parties, even if a fee is required for such catalogues 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.

CATEGORIES DEFINITIONS

All Images entered MUST comply with the PSA, 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 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.
PORTRAIT AND BODY Definition 
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.
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!
ACTION/MOVEMENT/SPORT Definition 
World around us is constantly in motion. Some things move slowly others move very fast. Everything that moves is the focus in this section. Feel the movement, the action spot and the dynamic from all kind of sports, speeding cars, nature’s ocean waves, moving clouds, nature species in struggle to survive, changing seasons,  etc. Movement or action has to be the dominant or important part of the photo. Any possibilities of photography to suggest movement can be used to show movement and speed to the viewer  – for example by moving the camera or by using long term exposures.
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, WILDLIFE, 
Images entered in the Nature Sections MUST comply with the following PSA. 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 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.
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.
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
EMOTION & HUMAN RELATION
Covering the whole range of human feelings: luck, hate, annoyance, joy, sorrow, mourning, amorousness and love, envy, jubilation, enthusiasm, etc. In addition to this, each participant can enter images from all different types of human relationships, between man and woman, between young and old, between people and animals, people and things. Show human relations in lucky and unlucky situations from people of all colours, races, religions. Live photography, outdoor photography. Men, women, children. The human face as a reflection of emotion and life experience. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. All images should adhere to the Photo Travel definition
STREET LIFE, ARCHITECTURE & URBAN SCAPES
Covering the whole range of Street Photography, Architectural Photography and Cityscape Photography. Street photography is photography that records unposed scenes in public places (streets, parks, restaurants, stores, museums, libraries, airports; train, bus, and subway stations, etc). The primary subject is people and/or symbols of people, at rest or in motion, alone or with others, going about their everyday activities. This include street portraits, candid street photography, still life, socio – documentary street photography, urban landscape. Show architecture in harmony with the surrounding landscape and environment. See well known places under a new perspective. We are not interested in “postcard esthetics”, we want modern and contemporary images of modern and contemporary architecture. Bring architecture and sights in contrast to people, landscape, nature and environment and produce connections between people and architecture/sights.
PHOTOJOURNALISM
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. Human Interest: Human Interest is defined as an image depicting a person or persons in an interactive, emotional, or unusual situation, excluding recreational and sports action.

Salon Chairman: Mr. Ivan Germanov
ODESSOS PHOTO EXHIBITION
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