The 3rd China Zhejiang (West Lake) International Exhibition of Photography

Conditions of Entry

1. The 3rd China Zhejiang (West Lake) International Exhibition of Photography has got the recognition of Photographic Society of America (PSA) and Global Photographic Union(GPU). Acceptances received by PSA members in this exhibition are eligible for PSA Star Ratings, listing in the worldwide PSA Who’s Who of photography.

2. The exhibition is organized by Zhejiang Photographers Association and PSA China. The Exhibition will be conducted strictly following the standards and procedures of Photographic Society of America.

3. 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 the exhibition rules and conditions. An entrant’s images will not be presented to the judges consecutively.

An entrant’s four images will be distributed throughout four rounds of judging in that section. Distribution of images shall be in the same round order as submitted by the entrant.

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. Note: Entrants who indicate that their images may not be reproduced or used “will not be eligible for awards” or inclusion in audio-visuals of the exhibition “and could be subject to disqualification” by the exhibition sponsors.

The exhibition assumes no liability of any misuse of copyright. Images may be altered, either electronically or otherwise, by the maker. Artwork or computer graphics created by the entrant may be incorporated provided the photographic content predominates, subject to Nature, Photo Travel and Photojournalism divisional restrictions. All final work must be on photographic film, or on electronic file, or on photographic or electronic print material, mounting excepted.

No title or identification of the maker shall be visible anywhere on the face of an image, print mat or mount entered in a PSA Recognized exhibition.

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 entered or 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, including translation into another language.

iii. Images meeting the Monochrome Definition and non-manipulated color images from the same capture shall be considered the same image and must be given the same title.

iv. PSA members working on Galaxy and Diamond Star Ratings shall be allowed to continue using different titles of monochrome versions and color versions of the same capture that have already been accepted until the required number of acceptances for those titles have been completed.

Words such as “Untitled” and “No Title” are not acceptable as part or all of an image’s title, nor are camera capture filenames.

An image may be entered in only one section where acceptances of that image in multiple sections would be eligible for the same star path.


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.


By entering this exhibition, you are explicitly consenting to the personal details you have supplied, including email addresses, being held, processed and used by the exhibition organizers for purposes associated with this exhibition. You also explicitly consent to such information being sent to organizations that have accorded official recognition, patronage or accreditation to this exhibition. You acknowledge and accept that entering this exhibition means that the status and results of your entry may be made public.

4. Entries may only be submitted online via our website:

All the images must be electronic. CD or prints are unacceptable.

5. Divisions and Sections

A. PID Color-Open

B. PID Monochrome-Open

C. ND-Open

D. PTD-Open

E. West Lake (Non PSA Recognition)

6. Calendar of the Exhibition

Closing Date: Oct. 27, 2020

Judging Start Date: Nov. 10, 2020

Report Notification: Nov. 26, 2020

Awards/Catalogue Issue: Jan. 28, 2021

7. Entry Fee:

Unique fee is applied to all the sections: USD15 for all the sections for international/overseas entrants; RMB100 for domestic entrants in China. Group of 10 entrants or above will enjoy 10% discount of the entry fee.

Fees should be paid via PayPal account: Cash or checks are not acceptable. Entries without the payment of fees will not be judged.

8. In each section an entrant may enter up to four images which will be presented to the judges throughout four rounds of judging. The display device for the judging will be High Definition TV with the resolution of 1920*1080. Each section will consist of three judges. No judges or their family members may enter the same sections in which he or she is judging.

9. Same image in both color and monochrome versions will be considered as the same image and must be given the same title. Same image is eligible to enter the exhibition only once regardless of the sections. Multiple images which are substantially similar may not be entered in one or multiple sections in any one of China Zhejiang Exhibition.

10. Each image must have a unique title. Image titles should be specified in English. "No title" or "Untitled" does not constitute a title. Do not use punctuation or symbols, such as the following: .!@#$%^&*(){}|+:"<>? The maximum title should be limited to 35 characters.

11. Monochrome images may not enter in PID Color sections.

12. In each section, there will be one medal awarded by an author. The judging panel’s decision is final and without appeal.

13. Any entrants who are the subject of international photographic sanctions or who are found to have plagiarized an image will be disqualified. Report will be submitted to PSA.

14. Submission of entries implies the acceptance of all conditions.

15. Acceptance rate will be from 25% up to 35%. Report cards will be sent via Email. Acceptance cards will not be mailed, however participants can get them downloaded and printed by themselves via the Exhibition website:

16. Catalogue: PDF catalogue can be downloaded from the website for free.

17. All images must be resized to a maximum of 1400px on the horizontal side and a maximum of 1050px on the vertical side. Files must be saved in the jpeg format and should be no larger than 1MB. No frame, watermark or signatures are allowed on the images.

NOTICE: When an entrant fills in the Entry Form to submit an entry the entrant will see a feature to affirm he or she has read these Conditions of Entry when he or she fills out the entry form. If the entrant does not so affirm the entry will not be submitted

18. Definitions:

PSA Definition of a Monochrome image:

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 greyscale image that has been toned in one color across the entire image. (For example by Sepia, red, gold, etc.) A greyscale 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 Nature 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 images must appear natural.
  • Color images can be converted to greyscale monochrome.
  • Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.
  • 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 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.
  • PSA ADDITION to the joint FIAP/PSA rules

    There is one hard and fast rule, whose spirit must be observed at all times.

    The welfare of the subject is more important than the photograph.

    This means that practices such as baiting of subjects with a living creature and removal of birds from nests, for the purpose of obtaining a photograph, are highly unethical, and such photographs are not allowed in Nature competitions. Judges are warned not to reward them

    PSA Definition of Travel Photography:

    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 images must appear natural.

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

    20. PSA Ethical Practices-refers to PSA Ethics Policy Statement.

    21. Judges:

  • Mr. Daduan Deng, APSA, SPSA, President of PSA China, China
  • Ms. Li Wang, APSA, EPSA, Executive President of PSA China, China
  • Mr. Lung-Tsai Wang, GMPSA, GPSA, Vice President of PSA China, Taiwan
  • Mr. Gunther Riehle, APSA, GMPSA/P, Germany
  • Mr. Metzakis Manolis, QPSA, President of GPU, Greece
  • Mr. Jinhui Chen, MPSA, President of Huizhou Photographic Society, China
  • Images Requirements

    1. Format: JPEG

    2. All images must be resized to a maximum of 1400px on the horizontal side and a maximum of 1050px on the vertical side.

    3. Size:The maximum size is no more than 1MB.

    4. Title: no more than 35 characters including the spaces (Special characters are not allowed). Capital letters only.

    5. Frame, watermark and signatures on the images are not allowed.

    6. The image titles should be unique in English.