General Requirements

The following applies to all Divisions and Sections:


The original image must be made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally. All images must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else - with the exception that commercially produced textures that do not display reality-based* elements (either originally or through modification) are permitted in Pictorial Division sections.

*Such as brick walls, clouds, or other recognizable elements.


Subject to divisional restrictions (i.e., in Nature, Photo Travel, and Photojournalism), images may be altered by the maker, and artwork or computer graphics created by the entrant may be incorporated, if the photographic content predominates. Images may not be constructed entirely within a computer.


No titles may be visible to the judges and nothing in the image may identify the maker.


Regardless of how many times it is entered into however many Divisions, the same image must always bear exactly the same title. An image entered into Monochrome may not have the abbreviation mono or bw appended. Images that are substantially the same image may not be entered into both Color and Monochrome (or Arranged Color and Arranged Monochrome). An image entered into Creative may be titled differently from the original image(s) from which it was derived. Different images must have different titles.


See specfic requirements for naming titles.


Note: The same title rule applies across all historical and present formats: digital, print, or slide. So a title may not be used in digital that was used in accepted slide image years ago!


Furthermore, by virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies that the work is his/her own and permits S4C to reproduce all or part of the entered images free of charge for publication and/ or display in media related to the Competition. This will include for example: presentation in the end of year Banquet Program should any of the images be selected for this Program; submission to the PSA Council Challenge should an image be selected for this purpose; and low resolution posting on an S4C website. The entrant further understands that S4C assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright. The entrant further represents that to the best of his/her understanding the entry complies with all S4C requirements for entry.