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Organizer

The circular exhibition of art photography SURODHUNI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT (DIGITAL) 2021 is exhibition of art photography organised by:
1. SURODHUNI ART, KOLKATA, WB, INDIA
2. EXPLORIST, NADIA, WB, INDIA
3 CLICKERZ COMMUNITY, KOLKATA, WB, INDIA


  • - The Salon will be conducted in accordance with the requirements and practices The Photographic Society of America (PSA). 
  • - Acceptances received by PSA members in approved sections of this exhibition are eligible for respective Star Ratings, listing in the worldwide PSA Who’s Who of photography and credited toward the PSA Distinctions such as QPSA, PPSA, EPSA, MPSA, GMPSA, GMPSA/B, GMPSA/S, GMPSA/G, GMPSA/P etc.

Conditions of Entry:


IMAGE AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 

This exhibition is open to anyone; however, an entry may be rejected when the Sponsor or the Exhibition Organizers, in their reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to exhibition rules and these Conditions of Entry. Membership in any photographic organization is not required.

Sanctions: Entries will not be accepted from any entrant who is currently sanctioned by PSA. 

 

PSA Star Ratings

To receive proper Star ratings credit from PSA, entrants must provide their names and country exactly the same in each exhibition. Aliases are not permitted. Please contact PSA in the event of name changes or relocating to another country.

 

Image Creation

Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of objects via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally. 

 

Certification: 

By virtue of submitting an image, the entrant certifies the work as his or her own (.Images may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else (for example: clip art, images or art by others downloaded from the Internet). Aliases are not allowed. 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.

 

Alteration and Computer Generation Subject to Divisional restrictions (particularly Nature, Photo Travel, and Photojournalism) images may be altered, either electronically or otherwise, by the maker. Adjustments to enhance images or creatively modify images are allowed providing the underlying photograph is retained in a way that is obvious to the viewer.  Images may not be constructed entirely with a computer, and must be the sole work of the author. All parts of the image have to be photographed by the author who is holding the copyright of all works submitted.

 

Re-use of accepted images: Once an image has been accepted in a PSA Recognized exhibition, any identical image, or near identical image, may not, in future, be entered or 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 into any other PSA Recognized exhibition, including translation into another language.

 

Entry: An Entry consists of, up to and including, four (4) images entered by a single Entrant into the same Section. An entrant may only enter a specific Section once. 

 

Titles:

Each image must have a unique title. That unique title must be used for entry of that image or of an Identical Image  into any and all PSA-Recognized exhibitions. Titles must be 35 characters or fewer. No titles may be visible to the judges, and nothing in the image may identify the maker. Titles must not include file extensions such as .jpg or .jpeg (or any other camera capture filenames), or words such as "untitled" or "no title". Titles may not consist solely of numbers.

 

Colour and Monochrome: 

Colour and Monochrome images from the same capture that share substantial pictorial content in common will be considered the same image and must be given the same title.

However, PSA members working on Galaxy and Diamond Star Ratings are allowed to continue using different titles of monochrome versions and colour versions of the same capture that have already been accepted until the required number of acceptances for those titles has been completed.

The Exhibition will be conducted in accordance with the rules of the PSA.

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 will be in the same round order as submitted by the entrant.

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.

 

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.


Target range for acceptances: 29 % to 35 %



BREACH OF CONDITION OF ENTRY


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.

 

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.

 

NOTICE:
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.


 


SUBJECT MATTER & DEFINITIONS


PSA Statement on Subject Matter

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.

 

PSA Monochrome Definition

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 images may be entered in PID Color sections but will only be eligible towards PID Color Star Ratings if accepted.

 

PSA Nature Definition

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, 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.

 

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

RULES & REGULATION

  1. The salon is open to photo friends spread all over the world. It will be organized under the approved rules of PSA. All acceptances will count for PSA for inclusion in Star Rating and "Who’s Who". ALL Images must be the original work of the entrant. If two or more similar images are entered by the same author, the first one getting the acceptance score will be considered for acceptance or award, the other images will not be considered. NO ALTERATION FOR NATURE, PHOTO TRAVEL IMAGES. 
  2. 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.
  3. The image size must be of maximum 1920 pixels (width) and 1080 pixels (height) including any borders and be a maximum File Size within 1.5 MB. The files must be in JPEG format at 72 dpi resolution. The title should be in English and the maximum length 35 characters including spaces. No special characters such as !@#$%^&*()+/?<> ‘ ’ “ ” etc. are allowed ; only space, dash (-) and underscore ( _ ) are allowed in file naming besides a-z, A-Z and 0-9. 
  4. Report Cards will be sent by E-Mail as well as displayed on our website - https://surodhuniart.com/
  5. All paid up Entrant will received online PDF CATALOGUE and a downloadable link will be available in the website.  
  6. All Acceptances are eligible for statistics applicable to PSA Distinctions.
  7. The decision of the Panel of selectors is final and binding, no further appeal will be entertained. 
  8. Entries are limited to not more than 4 images (digital files) per section, i.e. 16 total images for 4 sections. Images for each section should be uploaded via https://surodhuniart.com/. 
  9. Each author can receive only one award / honourable mention in each section.
  10. An entrant's four images will be distributed throughout four rounds of judging in that section.
  11. No title or identification of the maker shall be visible anywhere on the face of an image, in a PSA Recognized exhibition.
  12. 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:
    1. May not be re-entered in any section of the same Division Star Ratings class in that exhibition regardless of media, format, or title.
    2. May not be re-titled for entry in any other PSA Recognized exhibition. 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"
  13. All entrants in must provide name and country data exactly the same in each exhibition entered to receive proper credit.
  14. Entries will not be judge without entry fees. 

 


Section

1. COLOUR – PID OPEN COLOUR,
2. MONOCHROME – PID OPEN MONOCHROME,
3. NATURE – ND,
4.THEME – “Portrait” (PID Colour) – Both Colour and Monochrome images are accepted in Portrait section. 

Definition of Portrait (Source Wikipedia URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portrait_photography): Portrait photography, or portraiture, is a type of photography aimed toward capturing the personality of a person or group of people by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses. A portrait photograph may be artistic or clinical. Frequently, portraits are commissioned for special occasions, such as weddings, school events, or commercial purposes. Portraits can serve many purposes, ranging from usage on a personal web site to display in the lobby of a business.

 

 


ENTRY FEE


  • Any 1 section - $25 (INR 1,850 for Indian residents)
  • Any 2 sections - $28 (INR 2,050 for Indian residents)
  • Any 3,4 sections - $30 (INR 2,200 for Indian residents)
  • There is a Group Discount of minimum 20% for a group of at least 10 persons and maximum 30% of any number of persons.
  • No further discounts will be given other than those specified on the Entry Conditions.
  • The fees can be paid via PayPal (surodhuniart@gmail.com) through our web site: https://surodhuniart.com/ after registration and image upload.

PayPal ID is surodhuniart@gmail.com

For authors from India pay in the following bank account:

BENEFICIARY NAME: SURODHUNI

BANK NAME: STATE BANK OF INDIA

BRANCH : BAGHBAZAR (CALCUTTA)

IFSC CODE: SBIN0001652

BANK ACCOUNT NO.: 31777572010


The works of the authors who did not pay the fee would not be taken into consideration.

Please note that the PAYPAL/RTGS/NEFT details must be e-mailed to us with your name & other entry details in any email ID – surodhuniart@gmail.com as per specification below within 48 hours of payment for us to update payment status swiftly.

  1. ID / Registration No.
  2. Name
  3. PayPal / Bank details

 

In case of non-payment of full Salon Fees as applicable by any entrant, their name will be deleted from the final acceptance list.

 



Calendar


 

EVENT

DATE

CLOSING DATE

08 MARCH, 2021

JUDGING DATES

a. SURODHUNI – 12 MARCH, 2021
b. EXPLORIST – 13 MARCH, 2021
c. CLICKERZ COMMUNITY – 14 MARCH, 2021

NOTIFICATION

20 MARCH, 2021

EDAS SUBMISSION

10 APRIL, 2021

DELIVERY OF PDF CATALOGUE
POSTING OF AWARDS TO AUTHORS

BEFORE 30 MAY, 2021

ONLINE GALLERY

1 DAY AFTER EDAS APPROVAL


Juries


 

SURODHUNI SALON

NAME

HONOUR

SECTIONS

MR. ACHINTA KUMAR SAHA 

APSA, GMPSA, EFIAP/P

PID C, PID M, ND

MR. SUMAN BHATTACHARYYA 

MPSA, ARPS, EFIAP/b

PID C, PID M, ND

DR. SAIKAT MAITY

PPSA,EFIAP

PID C, PID M, ND

EXPLORIST SALON

ABHIJIT DEY

EFIAP

PID C, PID M, ND

MR. SUDIP ROY CHOWDHURY

EFIAP

PID C, PID M, ND

MR. TAPAN KUMAR DAS

EFIAP

PID C, PID M, ND

MR. MANOJIT BASU

EFIAP

PID C

CLICKERZ COMMUNITY SALON

MR. AMITABHA SIL

EFIAP, ARPS,

PID C, PID M, ND

MR. PARTHA SARATHI SARKAR

ARPS,EFIAP

PID C, PID M, ND

MR. S R MANDAL

EFIAP, ARPS

PID C, PID M

MR. ARNAB NANDI

EFIAP

PID C, ND


Awards

SURODHUNI SALON
∙ 4 X PSA GOLD MEDALS (1 IN EACH SECTION),
∙ 8 X SURODHUNI GOLD MEDAL (2 IN EACH SECTION),
∙ 8 X SURODHUNI SILVER MEDAL (2 IN EACH SECTION),
∙ 8 X SURODHUNI BRONZE MEDAL (2 IN EACH SECTION),
∙ 20 X SURODHUNI DIPLOMA (5 IN EACH SECTION), 

 

EXPLORIST SALON
∙ 4 X PSA GOLD MEDALS (1 IN EACH SECTION),
∙ 8 X EXPLORIST GOLD MEDAL (2 IN EACH SECTION),
∙ 8 X EXPLORIST SILVER MEDAL (2 IN EACH SECTION),
∙ 8 X EXPLORIST BRONZE MEDAL (2 IN EACH SECTION),
∙ 20 X EXPLORIST DIPLOMA (5 IN EACH SECTION),   

 

CLICKERZ COMMUNITY SALON
∙ 4 X PSA GOLD MEDALS (1 IN EACH SECTION),
∙ 8 X CLICKERZ GOLD MEDAL (2 IN EACH SECTION),
∙ 8 X CLICKERZ SILVER MEDAL (2 IN EACH SECTION),
∙ 8 X CLICKERZ BRONZE MEDAL (2 IN EACH SECTION),
∙ 20 X CLICKERZ DIPLOMA (5 IN EACH SECTION),  

 

SPECIAL AWARDS: 

  • BEST ENTRANT OF EACH SALON – PLAQUE, 
  • BEST CLUB – SURODHUNI GOLD / PLAQUE
    SECOND BEST CLUB – SURODHUNI GOLD / PLAQUE

ALTOGETHER 147 AWARDS

 

Display of the Images: The works will be judged online by judges communicating with the exhibition chairman via the Internet with individual monitors must be no smaller than 23 inches (58 cm).


Notification & Catalog

• Notification cards will be sent by email.
• DIGITAL PARTICIPATION CERTIFICATE TO ALL PAID ENTRANTS (VIA E-MAIL).
• ALL PAID UP ENTRANT WILL RECEIVED ONLINE PDF CATALOGUE AND A DOWNLOADABLE LINK WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE WEBSITE.