Exhibition 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. Using one’s name differently in different exhibition exposes the entrant to the risk that many of their acceptances may not be recognized by PSA Star Ratings.

Image Creation

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

Certification / Copyright

The entrants must own the copyright of all parts of the images entered. 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) 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

Re-use of accepted images

Once an image has been accepted in this exhibition it may not be entered again in any future instances of this exhibition. It may, of course, be entered in any other PSA/FIAP recognised exhibitions but must always have the same title.


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.


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 may not include file extensions such as .jpg or .jpeg (or any other camera capture filenames such as IMG 471). Titles may not consist of personal identifiers possibly augmented by a number; or include words such as “untitled” or “no title”. Titles may not consist solely of numbers unless those numbers are prominently contained within the image, such as a contestant number in a race.

Color and Monochrome

Color 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.

DIGITAL ENTRIES – Method of upload

Specification for Entries. PID (projected image digital)

The image must not exceed 1600 pixels wide (horizontal) by 1200 pixels high (vertical). Please aim to have either the height or the width (or both) at the relevant limit. If you don’t do this then your image will appear smaller than necessary when projected.

The files must be in JPEG format. Individual image file sizes must not be bigger than 3MB.

The print resolution should be set to 300ppi for catalogue and exhibition purposes. Please note that this print resolution setting has no effect on the quality of your projected image.

Embedding an sRGB ICC colour profile is strongly recommended, otherwise we cannot guarantee that our projector will display the correct colours.

Please do not add any unnecessary borders to your images.
Do not include a ‘Class + Entry number’ prefix . It is added automatically.

Do not include any other information or characters in the filename. Format the title the way it should appear in the catalogue (i.e. use Title Case – Initial Capital Letters for Main Words).

We suggest you project and review your images at 100% magnification before submission. Your digital images are presented for assessment by our judges using a colour calibrated Canon REALiS WUX4500 digital projector with a native resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels (width x height), though we only accept images up to 1600 pixels wide.

If your entries do not meet the specifications they may not display correctly and we may not be able to judge them. Oversized images will be rejected and the entrant required to resubmit their entry with properly sized images .

Competition software will provide a status page on their website that shows for each entrant how many entries they have made and their payment status. (PhotExManager—Phot-Comp-Software).


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

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.



Judging shall take place at Tynemouth Photographic Society Club Rooms,  a dedicated photographic club venue with modern facilities and regularly used for competition judging onsite.

Jury shall consist of 3 x honorable, experienced and qualified judges (see CA-6 and CA-7).

Judges shall view images together marking their own individual score via semi-automatic marking system. judges shall use handsets with numbered key pads. Software will  record scores for each image.  Software to be used is (PhotExManager—Phot-Comp-Software).


Projector is a calibrated Canon REALiS WUX450. Brightness 4,500 ANSI Lumens /3460 Lumens

Resolution 1920 x 1200.  Aspect Ration16:10 (WUXGA)

Contrast 2,000:1  Display Type 2cm LCoS x 3

Projection equipment is capable of displaying images at 100% of the image resolution, images will be displayed at exactly 100% of their resolution (that is, the images will not be enlarged beyond their native resolution).

Team of support personnel include

  • Chair Jim Welsh LRPS, CPAGB, APAGB
  • Secretary Alan Wilson ARPS, AFIAP (NCPF President)
  • Finance Joe Finlay
  • Judge Liaison Joseph Duffy LRPS, CPAGB, APAGB
  • Medals Margaret Welsh (NCPF Hon Secretary)

Additional rules and conditions

  • You may not enter identical, or very similar images in more than one class.
  • You may not enter an image accepted at a previous Northern Counties International Salon (even in a different class), or one so similar as to be almost identical – irrespective of title.
  • Image titles must not exceed 35 characters.
  • Your entries in class D (Photo Travel) must conform to the definition of PSA and FIAP Travel. Your entries in class A (Nature) must conform to the common PSA and FIAP Nature Definition.
  • Your entries in class A (Nature Digital) will not be eligible for a Wildlife Award, unless you certify them as authentic by entering ‘W’ in the space provided on the on-line entry form.
  • 41st Northern Counties International Salon is organised and run by Northern Counties Photographic Federation, a not for profit amateur photographic organisation, one of the member Federations of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB).
  • Our planned date for posting awards to entrants can be found on our Dates/Classes page. Any claims relating to the non-arrival of such items should be by end of September, which is normally about 11 weeks after the planned posting date.
  • We will make available a PDF catalogue for each entrant.
  • All entry details will be stored on computer.
  • As a legal formality required to provide certainty in an International exhibition, please note that the definitive version of these entry terms is the English language version. English law applies and the English courts have jurisdiction.

The decision of the Exhibition judges on whether images comply with these rules is final. They do not need to give reasons for their decision. The judges may decide to exclude from the exhibition any images which, in their opinion, appear not to comply with these rules.

Protection of Entrants Personal information


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.

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