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1) The Associazione Fotoincontro, with the Patronage of  PSA-Photographic Society of America (2020-231), GPU-Global Photographic Union (L200069-M4G), ISF-Image Sans Frontiere (20/2020) and UIF-Italian Union of Photographers (P-FI-06/2020 B, C, D, E), is organizing the International Circuit of Digital Photography Contests: “PHOTO SOUND CIRCUIT”, which includes the following events: “Jazz Sound Photo”, “Blues Sound Photo”, “Folk Sound Photo” and “Classic Sound Photo”. The contest is open to all amateur and professional photographers worldwide. Entrants must own the copyright to all submitted photographs. The images must have been photographed in every part (even the smallest) by the entrant himself/herself.

2) The contest has three themes for digital images, referred to as:

  1. A) Free/Open Monochrome (Monochrome Digital) PSA PID Monochrome
  2. B) Free/Open Color (Color Digital) PSA PID Color
  3. C) Travel Photo (Monochrome/Color Digital) PSA (PTD)
  4. D) Journalism Photo (Monochrome/Color Digital) PSA (PJ)

you can submit up to 4 works for theme. For a maximum total of 16 Photos.

The same photo can’t be showed in different themes.

The color images can’t be presented as monochromatic photos.

Photos that have participated in previous editions will not be accepted.

The digital images to all themes must be in JPG format; size should be 1920 pixels on the long side, or 1080 on the short side with a resolution of 300 dpi (Maximum 4 Mb), in either

colour or monochrome. The files should be saved with sRGB color space.

Each jury will use a 27-inch Acer Full HD (1920 x 1280) monitor connected to the central server by the program HPCM (Hiho Photo Contest Manager) provided by HIHO srl.

Each juror will cast a vote, for each individual photograph, from 3 to 9.

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

3) All entries must be submitted through the specific form available on the website.

4) The subscription fee amounts to € 30 (for the Eurozone) or 35 US$ (for the area not subject to Eur) per entrant, regardless of the category and is valid for all 4 contests.

The amount can be forwarded through PayPal to the following e-mail:

Any entry not accompanied by the subscription fee shall not be admitted and the author of such entry shall not have the right to receive the catalogue of the contest.

The subscription fees for groups are as follows :

From 10 to 20 Participants: 25,00 Euro (Euro Area) – US$ 28,00 (Other Areas)

From 21 to 30 Participants: 23,00 Euro (Euro Area) – US$ 25,00 (Other Areas)

Over 50 Participants: 20,00 Euro – US$ 22,00 (Other Areas)

5) The jury’s final decision is unquestionable and incontestable. The organizers shall send the unclaimed prizes at their own expenses but at the recipient risk.

6) Prizes can not be combined in the same section of each competition but can be in different sections of the same competition.

7) Awards


Best Author of the Circuit – Trophy and Amazon voucher by 200,00 US$


Best Author – Trophy and Amazon voucher by 100,00 US$

Best Absolute Photo of the Contest – Trophy and Amazon voucher by 100,00 US$


Free Monochrome Theme

Best Photo in Monochrome – Trophy

3 Gold Medals/3 Silver Medals/3 Bronze Medals

12 Honorable Mention

Special Prizes: Environment, Animals, Architecture, Creativity, Nude, Portrait – Ribbon Photo Saund 

3 Jury Prize – Certificate

Free Color Theme

Best Color Photo – Trophy

3 Gold Medals/3 Silver Medals/3 Bronze Medals

12 Honorable Mention

Special Prizes: Environment, Animals, Architecture, Creativity, Nude, Portrait – Ribbon Photo Saund

3 Jury Prize – Certificate

Travel Photo Theme

Best Travel Photo – Trophy

3 Gold Medals/3 Silver Medals/3 Bronze Medals

12 Honorable Mention

Special Prizes: City, Emotions, Monuments, Landscape, People, Street.- Ribbon Photo Saund

3 Jury Prize – Certificate

Journalism Photo Theme

3 Gold Medals/3 Silver Medals/3 Bronze Medals

12 Honorable Mention

Special Prizes: Action, Children, Work, Music, Reportage, Sport – Ribbon Photo Saund

3 Jury Prize – Certificate

For a total of 469 prizes and 2000.00 US$

8) Calendar

Closing Date: June 13, 2020

End Judging: 14-21 June 2020

Submitting Results: June 27, 2020

Awards Ceremony: September 12, 2020

Sending the Catalog: October 12, 2020

9) Juries

Jazz Sound Photo

Cardonati Luciano, Garzone Cristina, Righeschi Enzo

Blues Saund Photo

Di Maio Rino, Fammoni Morena, Tommi Massimo

Folk Saund Photo

Broetto Sabina, Sbrana Piero, Stuppazzoni Paolo

Classis Saund Photo

Agnesoni Mauro, Cipriani Sergio, Petti Luciana

General Chairman: Silvano Monchi

E-mail: Telefono: 3355747028

Indirizzo: Via Pampaloni 56, 50063 Figline e Incisa Valdarno (FI)

10) The catalog will be produced in pdf, with all the winning works, the jury’s report and the list of admissible works and participants. And sent to all participants by email or for Wetransfer.

11) Statistics, minutes of the juries and both winning and admitted photographs will be published in the website and left there until the next edition. All entrants

shall receive the results via email.

12) The entrant shall be held responsible in handling any image rights or liberties of the subject matter of the photograph and shall irrevocably consent to the Promoters publishing the photographs, which shall not be used for commercial gain.

13) The jury decides exclusively on the admittance of photographs and prize – awarding.

14) Though the organizers will attempt to treat all submitted work with the utmost care, they are not responsible for any damage or loss that may occur during the sending of entries,

whatever the cause.

15) We inform you, according to the article. 13 and 14 of the EU Regulation 2016/679 of 04/27/2016, hereinafter referred to as GDPR (General Regulation for the Protection of Personal Data), that the personal data provided as part of the international Photo Sound, photography contest will be collected and recorded by the Associazione Fotoincontro – on paper, electronic and / or computerized and / or telematics media- protected and treated in ways that ensure security and confidentiality in accordance with GDPR regulations. We inform you that the data provided to us will only be used for strictly related and instrumental purposes to the event. To this end, as part of the Initiative, your data may be published online on the competition website ( or / and in the competition catalog. The data is required in order to be able to participate in the competition. We inform you that you may exercise in your capacity as an interested person, you have the rights referred to in art. 15 RGPD (including, by way of example, the rights to obtain confirmation of the existence of data concerning it and their intelligibly communication, the indication of the methods of processing, updating, rectification or integration of data, cancellation) by request without formalities to the Data Controller. The owner of the data processing is the Associazione Fotoincontro with legal headquarters in Via Pampaloni 56 in Figline e Incisa Valdarno, Florence, through its own president, temporary, Silvano Monchi.

16) 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:

  1. a) the images are the original work of the entrant
  2. 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.


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. Method of submitting entries and any specific format or title requirements.

18) Definition

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 grayscale image that has been toned in one colour across the entire image. (For example by Sepia, red, gold etc.) 

A grayscale or multicolored 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 Color work.

Photo Journalism: Photojournalism entries shall consist of images with informative content and emotional impact, reflecting the human presence in our world. The journalistic (story-telling) value of the image shall receive priority over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, images that misrepresent the truth, such as those from events or activities specifically arranged for photography or of subjects directed or hired for photography, are not eligible.

Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable modifications are removal of dust, scratches or digital noise, restoration of the existing appearance of the original scene, sharpening that is not obvious, and conversion to greyscale monochrome. Derivations,

including infrared, are not eligible.

Travel Photo: 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 images must appear natural.

19) Drone Policy PSA

The policy has a legal section which basically requires members to follow whatever laws exist in the country in which they are using a drone. There is also an ethical component to the policy and it states :

One of the tenets of photography, is that the safety and well-being of the subject, photographer and surroundings is of paramount importance over the capturing of the photograph. The purpose of this section 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 an individual or animal interacts with its environment.

  1. May not fly a drone above people for the purpose of photographing their activity, unless permission is granted in writing.
  1. May not fly or photograph animals in their natural habitat, especially nesting areas and locations where the animal is already under stress (winter survival, migratory feeding, protecting young). Photographing scenery/landscapes is permissible.
  1. May not fly or photograph in any designated wilderness area.

Aerial Photography (International): Many countries have their own rules and regulations governing aerial photography, especially drone, usage. It is the responsibility of the Photographer (pilot) to be informed of the polices of the country or region in which they are flying (photographing). When submitting aerial images that depict a foreign country the photographer must include a statement that all applicable rules and regulations of that country have been observed.

20) Participation in the Contest implies the entrants’ total, unconditional acceptance and the acknowledgment of their entire understanding of these Regulations.