ORGANIZER: Reflexes Ltd., Plovdiv, Bulgaria – collective member of Academy of Photography Bulgaria – operational FIAP member for BG.
Patronages and recognitions: FIAP Patronage №2020/155; PSA Recognition №2020-189;
HPS Patronage №2020/012; АPB Patronage №2020/002

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY:
Professionals and amateurs from all over the world can participate in this contest.
Accepted entries in final selection will be eligible for the all FIAP Honors. Acceptances in final selection shall be credited towards PSA Star Ratings or the Galaxy/Diamond Ratings and also credited toward to Who‘s Who Listing.

BREACH OF CONDITIONS OF ENTRY:
BREACH OF CONDITIONS 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 (at the bottom), 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 FIAP and PSA for further investigation of possible ethics violations. FIAP and 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. Entrants automatically agree to these terms by the act of entering the Exhibition and agree to cooperate with any investigation.

The salon (exhibition) does not accept photos that have already participated (included in final selection) in the previous 6 editions.

SECTIONS
6 sections – 4 digital and 2 printed.

1. Open MONOCHROME digital (black & white, monochrome) FIAP/PSA PID mono – (M)
….[FIAP definition and PSA Mono definition]

2. Open COLOR digital (color photography) FIAP/PSA PID color – (C)

3. NATURE small prints (color/black & white, monochrome) FIAP/PSA ND-P Digital – (N)
….[FIAP and PSA nature definition]

4. PHOTOJOURNALISM small prints (TRAD) (color/black & white, monochrome) FIAP/PSA PTJ-P  - (PJ)
….[PSA Photojournalism definition]  [TRAD – Definition of “Traditional Photo”]

5. PORTRAIT & BODY digital (color/black & white, monochrome) FIAP/PSA PID color  - (PB)

6. URBAN LIFE digital (color/black & white, monochrome) FIAP/PSA PID color – (UL)

We accepted up to 4 photography in each section. For digital sections (1, 2, 5, 6) we accepted files, and for printed sections (3 and 4) files + print copies on paper. An author may not enter identical or similar photographs into different sections of the salon.

REQUIREMENTS

1. A filled out entry form by any of the following methods:
1.1. On-line entry form on the web site www.photosalon-plovdiv.com;
1.2. Digital filled pdf, sent by e-mail to info@photosalon-plovdiv.com;
1.3. Sent by snail mail to address:
P.O.Box 113, Post 4004, Plovdiv, Bulgaria , Reflexes Ltd. Anton Savov, +359888304746;
Note: Entrants from Austria and UK, have to send their shipments to the folowing address:
22, Asen Hristoforov Str., block 1110, entrance G, floor 6, app 16; 4004 Plovdiv, BULGARIA – Reflexes Ltd., Anton Savov, +359888304746

2. Photos requirements:
2.1. Digital and Print sections – *.jpg/*.jpeg format, 8-bit color, in RGB profile or in ICC profile. Recommended sizes: Horizontal size is 3840 px for landscape oriented photos. Vertical size is 2160 px for portrait oriented photos. Resolution is 300 dpi , without frames, signatures or watermarks. Files over 5 MB does not accepted. Note: When preparing your works to the recommended width and height size, do not change their original proportions and do not crop them, so both of the sizes to be the exact numbers – 3840 px X 2160 px.
2.2. Print sections (small prints) – All prints have to be printed on A4 photo paper (29,7 x 21 cm /30 x 20 cm /12 x 8,5 inches), NOT bigger size! Any prints which is above A4 size will be rejected. Prints must be UNMOUNTED, and sent FLAT, NOT as a roll! Prints must be received by the closing date for entries. Packages should be clearly marked on the outside with this text: “Photographs for exhibition only; no commercial value”.
Labeling the PRINTS: Please notice that “only pressure sensitive (self-adhesive) labels may be used on the backs of unmounted prints”. The back of each photo must have the following info: first and last name, artist’s address, title of photo, progressive number and total number of photos presented by the same artist (example;”1/4”, “2/4”, … ) in each section. The orientation of these details will indicate the orientation of the print. The title written at the back of the photos should match the title of the photography name filled in the Application Form. In case of nonconformities, Application Form will be taken into account. No title or identification of the maker shall be written anywhere on the face of an image.
A4 Template file for print of Stickers for PRINT sections

Return postage: If prints needs to be returned, return postage in addition to the entry fees must be paid €20 or US$25 per package. Price for the returning of the collective package will be arranged separately. Important notice: The original packing will be used to return entries, and entrants must ensure that their packaging is adequate to be used for their return. If the packaging is not usable, we have no obligation of returning package to sender. All prints, that are rejected will be destroyed after the judging. Some of the awarded and accepted prints, will be shown in several exhibition in different art places in bulgarian towns. After that they will be destroyed too.
You can submit your entries in any of the following ways:
2.3. Uploaded in the on-line entry form on the web site www.photosalon-plovdiv.com
2.4. Sent by e-mail to info@photosalon-plovdiv.com
2.5. Burned on a CD (will not be returned) and sent by snail mail to the address 1.3.
2.6. Prints have to be sent by snail mail to address: P.O.Box 113, Post 4004, Plovdiv, Bulgaria , Reflexes Ltd., Anton Savov, +359888304746
Note: Entrants from Austria and UK, have to send their shipments to the folowing address: 22, Asen Hristoforov Str., block 1110, entrance G, floor 6, app 16; 4004 Plovdiv, BULGARIA – Reflexes Ltd., Anton Savov, +359888304746
3. Entry fee can paid by:
3.1. On-line transaction via PayPal form on www.photosalon-plovdiv.com
3.2. On-line transaction via PayPal to salon account info@photosalon-plovdiv.com (Anton Savov);
3.3. Bank transfer: IBAN: BG43UNCR76301076972424; BIC code: UNCRBGSF. Send a copy of the payment doc.
3.4. Enclosed in the parcel.

ENTRY IDENTITY

The file name should be a maximum of 30 characters, in 5 groups:
group 1 – country ISO code listed on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3166-1;
group 2 – the author’s name limited to 5 characters
group 3 – artwork name (and town name of EC for Subtheme 6.1.) – it is possible to be the part of the name;
group 4 – sections identificator: M; C; N; PJ; PB; UL
group 5 – sequential number of the work in section (1, 2, 3, 4);

Note: Words such as “Untitled” and “No Title” are not acceptable as part or all of an image’s title, nor are camera capture filenames. Permitted characters are ONLY digits, latin letters and underscore (_) instead pause. All text should be lowercase except for group 4.
Example: bg_alexk_spring_N1

Promotion for “Early birds” – early entries!

AWARDS – over 150!

JURY

The fifth edition of IPS Plovdiv will be judged by the multinational jury in 5 member panel from 3 countries – Serbia, Iran, Germany and Bulgaria!

Judging equipment:
Images will be judged with TV LED Smart 3D Panasonic, 55“ (139 cм), TX-55CX400E, 4K Ultra HD, with resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels. The jury team are judging photographs in not consecutive (random) order.
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ENTRY FEES

Individual:
1 section: 15€ / 19$
2 sections: 20€ / 25$
3 sections: 25€ / 32$
4 sections: 30€ / 38$
5 sections: 35€ / 44$
6 sections: 40€ / 50$

Group:
up tо 5 authors: 150.00 € / 187.00 $
up tо 10 authors: 225.00 € / 281.00 $
up tо 20 authors: 300.00 € / 374.00 $

Notes:  The group entries are 3 types: up to 5, up to 10 and up tо 20 authors. They are related to photo-clubs, photo-associations and other groups of photographers. Each participant in the group has an individual choice of number of sections in which to participate. The main requirement for them is an indication of a single mailing address.
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Every participant will receive free of charge printed and DVD catalogues.

The exhibition will be exhibited (and/or projected) in other forums. The organizers reserve the right to use the accepted works for non-commercial usage for a promotion of the photo salon.

Before you go to entry forms to participate, you have to read carefuly these two important texts:
Declaration of authorship
FIAP Important
FIAP definition of the black and white (monochrome) photography

PSA Definition of a Monochrome image
FIAP and PSA Definition of Nature Photography and Wildlife Definition
PSA Photojournalism definition
TRAD – Definition of “Traditional Photo”
Drone Policy
Data protection

You can view the full regulation (with all important definitions) or download it as a file in pdf format from HERE

For questions or for more information, please write on:
info@photosalon-plovdiv.com