Conditions of Entry


Singapore International Photography Awards (“SIPA”) is open to all photo enthusiasts; however, an entry may be rejected when The Photographic Society of Singapore (“PSS” or “the Organiser”) in its reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to the exhibition rules and conditions.

Entries are limited to not more than 4 images per section, category, or class. An entrant’s four images will be distributed throughout four rounds of judging in that section. Each entrant may submit work in all 6 sections. Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of objects via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally. By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the work as his own (aliases are not permitted). 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. Images may be altered, either electronically or otherwise, by the maker. All final work must be on photographic film, or on electronic file, or on photographic or electronic print material, mounting excepted. No title or identification of the maker shall be visible anywhere on the face of an image, print mat or mount entered in a PSA Recognized exhibition. With 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 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 and 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.

Definition of Projected Image Division - PID

Projected images in separate color and monochrome classes whether they are from digital files or slides. The subject matter is unrestricted. There may be a theme specified for some PSA-recognized PID exhibitions and the exhibition’s definition of the theme should be consulted. Each class has its own Star Ratings path.

PSA definition of monochrome

An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e. contains only shades of gray which can include pure black and pure white) OR it gives the impression of being a grayscale image that has been toned in one color across the entire image. (For example by Sepia, red, gold, etc.). A grayscale 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.

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 color 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 color becomes a color work (polychrome) to stand in the color category; such a work requires color reproduction in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage.

Definition of Travel (Colour/Monochrome)

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

Definition of Street Selection (Colour/Monochrome)

Street Photography may be described as a form of documentary photography and it should feature subjects in candid conditions especially in public settings such as back lanes, streets, parks, beaches, shopping malls, public events and other settings. The photos in this theme should be captured during unplanned situations and the subjects should not be purposefully set-up or posed. The focus is on a single human moment which is caught in a decisive moment. Also, street photography can take on the form where the photographer offers a personal interpretation of the subject matter in order to give the viewer an insight to daily events of people, from all walks of life, which may be conveniently overlooked but instinctively familiar with.

FIAP and PSA Definition of Nature (Colour/Monochrome)

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. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed. Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife. 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 the subjects in controlle conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food. Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species. Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections of Exhibitions.

Submission of entries

  • On-Line Entry: Entrants are to submit their entries through on-line submission at
  • 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.
    3. 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.

Image File Size and Format

  • All entries must be in JPG file format.
  • Maximum image width (horizontal) is 1920 pixels, Maximum image height (vertical) is 1080 pixels.
  • The entry will be displayed on Full HDTV - 1920 x 1080 pixels. Smaller images are permitted but will be projected smaller on screen.
  • File size maximum is 3 MB.
  • Images must not have any borders or signatures; images are being judged on black background and exhibited on black/gray background.
  • File name should be in English, unique, NOT containing special symbols. File name should be the artwork name. Example: sunrise.jpg


  • The judging of the digital photos will be through full HDTV screens.
  • The images EXIF details for Nature Section must be intact for the images to be qualified for awards.
  • Any image previously won any award in the past Singapore International Photography Awards is not eligible for submission.
  • Late entries shall not be judged.
  • Entrant MUST NOT submit the same entry in other sections.
  • The decision of the Organiser is final. No appeal shall be entertained.
  • The submission of entries signifies the entrant’s acceptance of the Conditions of Entry.
  • The Organiser reserves the right to reproduce images for catalogue and any other publicity purposes.
  • There are SIX separate Sections – SIX PROJECTED DIGITAL IMAGE – Open Monochrome (PID-M), Open Color (PID-C), Theme : Street (PID-C), Theme : People (PID-C), Nature (ND) and Photo Travel (PTD).

File Name

  • File name should be in English, as you would want it to appear in the catalogue (same as title name). Only English letters (a-z) are allowed.

Awards and Acceptances

  • This Salon is conducted in accordance with PSA and FIAP regulations. Acceptances and awards will be taken into account for the PSA Star Ratings, Who’s Who in PSA, and credited towards the PSA and FIAP distinctions.
  • Winning entries will be uploaded in the SIPA Website after judging. Notifications and score cards will be sent by email, entrants may download them from SIPA website.
  • A certificate for each Accepted or Awarded image will be issued to entrants by downloading from our SIPA website.


  • A downloadable e-Catalogue will be on our website starting from 10th December 2017.
  • Entrants may purchase the high quality Printed SIPA catalogue at US$10.00 and will be send by surface Mail Services, however the catalogue and courier charges of US$10.00 must be paid together with the Entry fees in advance.
  • The Organiser shall not be held responsible for any awards which are lost or damaged during transit.
  • Local Entrants will have to collect their awards from PSS Clubhouse personally.
  • Further details and Conditions of Entry will be posted and can be downloaded from

The complete Conditions of Entry can be found here.


Calendar of Events

Closing Date 12th September 2017
Judging 23rd – 24th September 2017
Notification 07th October 2017
Exhibition Opening 09th December 2017
Catalogues sent out 10th December 2017

Exhibition will be held at The Photographic Society of Singapore at 30 Selegie Road, Selegie Art Centre, Singapore 188351 from 10thOctober 2017 to 08th January 2018.