YPS Salons

YPS International Salon 2020

General Terms and Conditions

The web-site enforces a maximum limit on number of pictures per section. The participant can remove a picture and upload a different one any time till the last date for submission.

SALON RULES

What's New

We have made a few changes from the previous Salons that is worth noting. We encourage you to read the remaining terms and conditions and familiarize yourself.

  • Rules have been modified to disqualify the following types of pictures for this Salon:
    1. Pictures of women/men in partial or full nudity that may be inappropriate for view by people of all ages.
    2. Pictures of bird nests and other similar pictures that may endanger the lives of the subject.
    3. Pictures of animals and birds in captivity.
    4. Pictures already accepted in earlier YPS Salons are not allowed to be uploaded to this Salon. This is in line with the Rules laid out by many of the organizations that have provided patronage to this Salon. To help participants recall their pictures that have been accepted in the past YPS Salons, we have added a facility to view their pictures accepted in YPS Salons since 2016, where they have participated using the same email ID. The final responsibility of adhering to this Rule is with the participant.
    5. Picture Titles are mandatory and should be less than 35 characters.

Useful features

The Salon software has certain useful features that help you maximize your participation.

  • At the time of upload, you can see at the bottom, the pictures that have been accepted in past YPS Salons.
  • You can increase the number of sections in which you want to participate at any time till the last date.
  • Pictures can be deleted, replaced, moved from one section to another and title updated any time till the last date.
  • In case a picture selected for upload does not conform to size specifications, a resize guide is displayed suggesting how to resize.

General Terms and Conditions

Eligibility

  • Photographers from all countries can participate - Photographers of any country or origin are allowed to participate in the Salon.
  • Jury members and Members of the Salon Committee shall not participate.
  • Only one registration per person is permitted - Each person can participate under only one identification. Creating multiple log-ins under different emails of the same person is prohibited.
  • Persons in the restricted lists - Persons in the restricted lists published by organizations extending Patronage to this Salon will not be permitted to participate in this Salon. Such lists are published by the Patronage organizations under different names like Red List etc. Where there is a match, the software may block participation till the participant proves that his/her identity is different.

Rules for Registration & Uploading

  • Register with complete and correct details - At the time of registering please make sure that the details entered are complete and correct. YPS will not be responsible for inconveniences caused on account of incorrect details entered while registering.
  • Fees must be paid upfront - Participants will be able to upload pictures only after payment of required fees. Fees once paid is not refundable unless the Salon Committee decides to refund on a case to case basis.
  • Entries must be submitted only through the Salon web-site - Only pictures submitted through this website will be considered for the contest. Pictures received through emails or other means will not be considered for the salon.
  • Upload under correct sections - It is the responsibility of the participants to upload the photographs under the correct section. Photographs not matching the section under which they are uploaded will be rejected during judging. Please verify the sections after uploading to make sure that you have uploaded under correct sections. The Salon website offers features to remove an uploaded picture or move a picture to another section any time till the last date for submission. If there is a doubt about whether a picture will qualify under a section, please refer to the definition of the sections available on this web-site.
  • All images must include an image title – Entries without a title are not accepted. If proper titles are not provided on or before the day/s of the judging, those images shall not be presented to the jury or will be rejected during judging. In such cases with invalid titles, the same will not be validated for PSA Star rating or included in the Who’s Who publication.
  • Picture Title cannot exceed 35 characters.
  • NUDES NOT Allowed in this Salon - This Salon does not accept pictures that contain women/men in partial or full nudity that are not appropriate for view by people of all ages.
  • Pictures endangering nature are not allowed - Pictures of bird nests or similar other pictures that may endanger the lives of the subject are not allowed for submission.
  • Pictures Accepted in earlier YPS Salons are not allowed - Pictures that have already been accepted in the past YPS Salons are not eligible to be submitted again in this Salon. The rule applies irrespective of the title under which it was submitted or the category or section under which it was submitted. It is the responsibility of the Participants to verify this while uploading. To help participants recall their pictures that have been accepted in the past YPS Salons, the Upload screen has a facility to view the participant's pictures accepted in YPS Salons since 2016, where they have participated using the same email ID. The final responsibility of adhering to this Rule is with the participant.
  • Same picture cannot be submitted under multiple sections - A picture can be submitted only under one section in the salon. A picture cannot be submitted under multiple sections either in its original size and color or in cropped format or in color converted format.
  • Submission limits per section —The web-site enforces a maximum limit of 4 pictures per section. The participant can remove a picture and upload a different one any time till the last date for submission.

Uploading pictures that qualify

  • Format and Color Gamut - All images submitted must be in JPEG format and the Color Gamut must be set to sRGB. The projection equipment/laptops used during judging are calibrated to display colors correctly if the picture is in sRGB Gamut. Please make sure that the colour profile of your pictures is sRGB.
  • Maximum image dimensions permitted - Pictures should not exceed 1920 pixels on the width and should not exceed 1080 pixels on the height. The dimensions are checked at the time of uploading. Pictures exceeding these dimensions cannot be uploaded. Pictures in lower resolution will be permitted, but please keep in mind that the smaller image will appear smaller for the jury.
  • Maximum image size permitted — The maximum size of each image submitted to the salon must not exceed 4MB.
  • Correct Orientation - Pictures will be displayed in the same orientation in which it was uploaded. Hence please correct the orientation and resize before uploading.
  • No identification marks on the picture - The picture, digital or print, should not contain any added text/image that shows the title, name, logo or other forms of watermark on the face of the picture.
  • Enter Complete and Correct particulars about picture - Please make sure that the Title and other details required while uploading a picture, are entered properly. The system allows you to edit the Title any time till the last date for submission.
  • Using Consistent Titles - Salon Patronage organizations expect participants to use the same title for a picture in all the salons in which they participate so that they can count the number of acceptances for awarding honors. In this connection, please note that most organizations treat a monochrome image and a color image from the same capture are considered the same image and the title also must be the same.
  • Submit complete and correct details about picture — Please make sure that the Title and other details required while uploading a picture, are entered properly. If a mistake has been made, please delete the picture and upload again before the last date for submission.
  • Post-processing and subject fitment - Please refer to descriptions of individual sections for understanding subject matter fitment and restrictions on post-processing.
  • DPI does not matter - It does not matter what the DPI setting of your picture is. Any value should be fine.
  • Validate Exhibition-readiness - Award winning pictures will be on display at Physical or Virtual Salon Exhibition. After announcement of results YPS will request participants to upload full resolution pictures for exhibition purpose. For this purpose we will need pictures at 300 DPI resolution.
  • Upload well-ahead of the last date - Please update the pictures well ahead of time. YPS will not be responsible for inability of the participant to upload pictures before the last date for submission. YPS will not entertain any claim for refund of entry fee on the grounds of inability to upload before the last date.

Judging

  • Applicability of PSA and FIAP Rules and Standards - The Exhibition will be conducted in accordance with the rules of the PSA and FIAP. Where there are differences between the PSA and FIAP rules, the stricter of the rule shall be applicable.
  • Pictures in Random Order – Pictures of the photographers will not be presented consecutively. They will be presented in a random order.
  • Open Online Judging – Judging for this Salon will be conducted online with jury scoring the images on their own computer systems. YPS will make sure that the judges have the right equipment for judging as per PSA/FIAP rules. If the timezones permit, YPS maymake arrangements for webcast of latest scores of fully scored images. The awards will be finalized through web-meeting among the jury or through other means agreed with jury. Final results will be announced on the website and if timezones permit through a webinar.
  • Jury Panel has the final say - The decision of the Panel of Judges is final and binding with respect to selection of pictures for awards. No further appeal questioning the correctness of decisions will be entertained.

Publishing Results

  • Web-site will display results - This Salon website will be the primary channel for release of results followed by emails to all the winners.
  • Digital Catalog - Youth Photographic Society will issue a Digital Exhibition Catalog to all entrants. The same can be downloaded from the web-site. If a printed catalog is offered, it will be at a cost. Cost of the catalog and method of ordering will be communicated to the participants through emails.

Legal Requirements & Disclaimers

  • Data Protection - 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.
  • Originality & Ownership - By submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the work as his/her own (aliases and proxies are not permitted). In the case of composite images created from multiple photographs, all photographic components used in the composite-image must have been photographed by the entrant and the entrant must hold copyright for all the components included in the picture.
  • Right to use - The entrant permits Youth Photographic Society to reproduce all or part of any of the photographs entered for the contest, free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to any activities of Youth Photographic Society.
  • Misuse - While YPS takes all precautions to prevent misuse of pictures submitted to the Salon, YPS assumes no responsibility related to any misuse of pictures by public in violation of the copyright held by the owner.

Agreement to Terms & Conditions

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.

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.

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

Non-Compliance to Salon Terms and Conditions / Breach of Rules

The following paragraphs describe the outcomes of not following the terms and conditions of the Salon as specified by the Patronage houses. YPS will be obliged to comply with any measures proposed by the Patronage houses.

FIAP Terms

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 the following terms:

  • 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,
  • 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. 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.

FIAP Notice

In order to have legal authority on those who do not respect the rules of FIAP, this salon requires participants to confirm by ticking a box next to which the following text :

"I hereby expressly agree to FIAP document 018/2017 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."

PSA Terms

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:

  1. the images are the original work of the entrant and
  2. 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.

If another party is submitting images on the entrant’s behalf, the entrant will still be held responsible for adhering to these Conditions of Entry (Entry Rules) and will be subject to sanction for any violations to these Conditions of Entry and PSA’s Statement of Ethics that may result.

PSA 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.

PSA Statement on "Subject Matter" & Policies

There is one hard and fast rule, whose spirit must be observed at all times and applies to all sections offered in PSA recognised exhibitions.

"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 any PSA exhibitions.

There is also a PSA policy on the use of aerial photography - aircraft, helicopters and drones. This policy can be found at https://psa-photo.org/index.php?psa-policies#drone.

The purpose of this policy 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 any individuals or animals interact with their environment. Entry in this exhibition requires exhibitors to agree to this and other PSA policies.

The content of images must comply with these General Conditions and with the Division and Section definitions listed in these conditions. Images that - in the sole opinion of the judges or the Exhibition Organizers - do not comply are likely to be disqualified so the entrant may be aware of the problem when considering entry into other PSA recognized exhibitions.

Section Definitions

Section Definitions and Rules

Maximum Pictures per Entry : 4

COLOR OPEN SECTION

Definitions & Rules

COLOR OPEN refers to pictures in full or partial colour covering any subject other than Monochrome, Nature and Travel which are covered under respective sections.

The pictures may be of any genre such as Portraits, Pictorial or Landscape. Please consult the list of awards to select your pictures to submit.

Digital creation pictures are allowed under this section provided they conform to the condition that the entry must have one or more elements that have originated as photographs.

Monochrome Grayscale images (that is without tone) may not be entered in Color Open sections.

Maximum Pictures per Entry : 4

MONOCHROME OPEN SECTION

FIAP Definition of 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.

PSA Definition of Monochrome & Rules

An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e. contains only shades of grey 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.

Monochrome Grayscale images (that is without tone) may not be entered in Color Open sections. Grayscale images may be entered in Nature and Travel sections, but toned images are not permitted under these sections.

Maximum Pictures per Entry : 4

NATURE SECTION

FIAP/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.
  • 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.

Grayscale images (that is without tone) may be entered in Nature and Travel sections, but toned images are not permitted under these sections.

Attention is drawn to the PSA Statement on Subject Matter which applies to all sections.

Maximum Pictures per Entry : 4

TRAVEL SECTION

PSA TRAVEL DEFINITION

A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographical limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not permitted. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the location.

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 look natural.

Grayscale images (that is without tone) may be entered in Nature and Travel sections, but toned images are not permitted under these sections.

Attention is drawn to the PSA Statement on Subject Matter which applies to all sections.


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Picture Awards

Awards for ALL_AGES

COLOR OPEN DIGITAL
FIAP Gold
1
PSA Gold
1
GPU Gold
1
MoL Gold
1
FIP Gold
1
YPS Gold
1
PSA Silver
1
YPS Silver
1
PSA Bronze
1
YPS Bronze
1
FIAP Ribbon
2
GPU Ribbon
2
YPS Ribbon
2
MONOCHROME OPEN DIGITAL
FIAP Gold
1
PSA Gold
1
GPU Gold
1
MoL Gold
1
FIP Gold
1
YPS Gold
1
PSA Silver
1
YPS Silver
1
PSA Bronze
1
YPS Bronze
1
FIAP Ribbon
2
GPU Ribbon
2
YPS Ribbon
2
NATURE DIGITAL
FIAP Gold
1
PSA Gold
1
GPU Gold
1
MoL Gold
1
FIP Gold
1
YPS Gold
1
PSA Silver
1
YPS Silver
1
PSA Bronze
1
YPS Bronze
1
FIAP Ribbon
2
GPU Ribbon
2
YPS Ribbon
2
TRAVEL DIGITAL
FIAP Gold
1
PSA Gold
1
GPU Gold
1
MoL Gold
1
FIP Gold
1
YPS Gold
1
PSA Silver
1
YPS Silver
1
PSA Bronze
1
YPS Bronze
1
FIAP Ribbon
2
GPU Ribbon
2
YPS Ribbon
2

Individual Awards

For ALL_AGES
FIAP Blue Pin - Best Entrant Digital
1

Spl. Picture Awards

For ALL_AGES
MOL Gold Badge - Best Master of Light Standard
1

Club Awards

For ALL_AGES
Best Participating Club
1

Contacts

YPS President: Mr. Satish H, MFIAP, MICS, ARPS, Hon.FICS, Hon.YPS, Hon.ECPA, satishtusker@gmail.com
YPS Secretary: Mr. Manju Vikas Sastry, sastry.vikas@gmail.com, 95139-77257

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State Youth Centre of Karnataka,
Nrupathanga Road, Bengaluru - 560001.
Email: salon@ypsbengaluru.com
Phone: +91-9513-YPS-BLR (+91-9513-977-257)

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Youth Photographic Society

Youth Photographic Society (YPS) Bengaluru, the hosts for this contest, is a not-for-profit organization started in 1971 to further the Art of Photography. With over 600 members, YPS is among the largest Photography Clubs in India and also boasts of hosting 50 National and International Salons. It has been nurtured by doyens of Indian Photography like Late Mr. T N A Perumal, Late Mr. E Hanumantha Rao and Late Mr. C Rajagopal. The club conducts regular slide-shows on every first and third Saturday of the month, alongside exhibitions and workshops, for the benefit of its members.


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