The Association Fotoincontro, Cultural Association, organises an International photographic contest called “Tuscany Photo Award” which both amateur and professional photographers worldwide may take part in. Should a participant not be held compliant with the standards and the spirit of the contest, he/she may be excluded from the competition. Images that somehow for different reasons may harm the contest are not accepted. Images that have already participated in the previous edition are not accepted

The statistics, the jury’s minutes and all the works, both the awarded photos and those simply admitted,will be published in the website and there will stay until the following contest edition.The results will be communicated to all participants by e-mail.

The organisers and all those involved in the event as well as their relatives will not be allowed to take part in the competition.

The exhibition is open to anyone; however, an entry may be rejected when the sponsoring organization or its agent, in its reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to the exhibition rules and conditions.

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.

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. Artwork or computer graphics created by the entrant may be incorporated provided the photographic content predominates, subject to Nature, Photo Travel and Photojournalism divisional restrictions. 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.

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 entered or re-entered in any section of the same Division Star Ratings class in that exhibition regardless of media, format, or title.

  1. may not be re-titled for entry in any other PSA Recognized exhibition, including translation into another language.
  2. images meeting the Monochrome Definition and non-manipulated color images from the same capture shall be considered the same image and must be given the same title.
  3. PSA members working on Galaxy and Diamond Star Ratings shall be allowed to continue using different titles of monochrome versions and color versions of the same capture that have already been accepted until the required number of acceptances for those titles have been completed.

Words such as “Untitled” and “No Title” are not acceptable as part or all of an image’s title, nor are camera capture filenames.

An image may be entered in only one section where acceptances of that image in multiple sections would be eligible for the same star path

All parts of the image must have been photographed by the author who is holding the copyright of all works submitted.

The organizers reserve the right to remove all images from the competition not comply with this regulation.


The Tuscany Photo Award makes use of the PSA (2020-385), GPU (L200121-M10G), ISF (34/2020), UIF (P-FI-09/2020 H) for all 10 contest themes.


Closing date: 20 September 2020

Jury meeting: 2/4 October 2020

Communication of results by e-mail: 10 October 2020

Award ceremony: Saturday 5 December 2020

Sending of unclaimed prizes: 31 December 2020

Sending of catalogue in pdf: 31 December 2020


The competition will include the following themes:

  1. A) Free Colour (colour photos only) PSA PID-C
  2. B) Free Monochrome (for monochrome photos only) PSA PID-M
  3. C) Nature ( B/W or colour photos) PSA ND
  4. D) Travel (B/W or colour photos) PSA PTD
  5. E) Journalism (B/W or colour photos) PSA PJD
  6. F) Portrait (B/W or Colour Photos) PSA PID-C
  7. G) People (B/W or Colour Photos) PSA PID-C
    H) Environment (B/W or Colour Photos) PSA PJD
    I) Landscape (B/W or Colour Photos) PSA PID-C
    L) Architecture (B/W or Colour Photos) PSA PJD

For each theme a maximum of 4 photos are allowed (40 photos in total).

The photos submitted for one theme cannot be presented for another theme.

Colour photos cannot also be presented in B/W and viceversa.

All photographs will have to be sent through the appropriate form in the website


Luciano Cardonati, EFIAP/p

Paolo Fontani, EFIAP

Pietro Gandolfo, EFIAP

Cristina Garzone, MFIAP

Bruno Olivieri, AFIAP

Francesca Salice, EFIAP/b

Paolo Stuppazzoni, AFIAP

General Chairman: Silvano Monchi, EFIAP/s, HonEFIAP (


To enter the competition, participation fees shall have to be paid through PayPal according to the terms “ send money to a member of family or friend” to the following e-mail address: No other forms of payment are allowed.

Photos, whose authors have not submitted the enrolment fee in due time, shall not be admitted.

The registration fee for each participant is € 25 or $ 28

Discounts are available for photo clubs:

Groups of 10 to 20 participants: € 23 or $ 25

Groups over 20 participants: € 20 or $ 22


Best contest author

The author who will have the greatest number of accepted works in the ten themes will be the Best Author of Tuscany Photo Award. In case of a tie, the higher score received by his works will be text, in case of further tie the quality and quantity of prizes won will count. You will receive a prize in the amount of US $ 1000.00 as a token of attendance and reimbursement of expenses for the award ceremony + Trophy.

Best photo in each theme

Within each of the 10 themes, the jury will incontestably award the work held to be the best a trophy and a prize of 100,00 US$ as a refund of expenses and attendance fee for the award ceremony + Trophy.


For each theme are provided:

3 Gold medals (PSA, GPU, UIF)

3 Silver Medals

3 Bronze Medals.

Honorable Mentions

Within each theme 12 Honourable Mentions areavailable, to be awarded to the best deserving works (PSA, TPA).

Special Prizes

For each theme there are 5 special prizes, different according to the theme

Free Color Theme: Light, Emotion, Landscape, People, Reportage

Free Black and White Theme: Action, Emotion, Landscape, People, Reportage

Nature Theme: Flora, Mammals, Macro & Micro, Birds, Animal Portrait

Travel Theme: Environment, City, Landscape, People, Life

Journalism Theme: Action, Events, Rites, Sports, Street

People Theme: Children, Women, Groups, Nude, Men

Portrait Theme: Children, Black and white, Color, Woman, Man

Landscape Theme: Sea, Mountain, Natural, Tuscan, Urban

Environment Theme: Aquatic, Sky, Degraded, Work, Human

Architecture Theme: Antique, External, Industrial, Internal, Modern

Jury Awards

For each theme 7 prizes will be awarded in the opinion of the jurors.

Total 341 prizes and US $ 2000.00 of reimbursement of expenses at the awards ceremony.

Prizes cannot be cumulative within the same theme but they can through different themes. This means that an author can win one only prize per theme.

Unclaimed prizes will be sent to their winning authors.


The images presented in the competition must be of the following dimensions: 1920 pixels on the longest side with a weight not exceeding 3 Mb.

Each juror will use an Acer Full HD 27 Inch monitor, connected to the central server through the HPCM (Hiho Photo Contest Manager) program for photo contest management provided by HIHO srl.

Each juror will cast a vote, for each individual photograph, from 3 to 9 according to their liking. By assigning the grade 3 to the off-topic works, 4 and 5 to the works, for him, not to be accepted, 5 and 6 to the accepted works, while 8 and 9 to the works that the juror intends to nominate for an award.

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 and
  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.

If another party is submitting images on the entrant’s behalf, the entrant will still be held responsible for adhering to these Conditions of Entry (Entry Rules) and will be subject to sanction for any violations to these Conditions of Entry and PSA’s Statement of Ethics that may result


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

Monochrome images may be entered for Nature, Photojournalism and Photo Travel but only the first sentence of the Mono definition applies. Toned images are not permitted for these divisions.

Monochrome images may be entered in PID Color sections but if accepted will only be eligible towards PID Color Star Ratings.


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.


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. Allowed adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to grayscale, monochrome. Infrared images, either direct captures or derivations, are not allowed. 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 controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

There is one hard and fast rule, whose spirit must be observed at all times. 

The welfare of the subject is more important than the photograph.

This means that practices such as baiting of subjects with a living creature and removal of birds from nests, for the purpose of obtaining a photograph, are highly unethical, and such photographs are not allowed in Nature competitions. Judges are warned not to reward them.

Photo Travel

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 grey scale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.

Photo Journalism

The Photo Journalism Division (PJD) is devoted to recording current events or situations to preserve them for future. News, features, man and man’s environment, human interest, and other topics are all included.
Photo Journalism entries shall consist of pictures or sequences with informative content and emotional impact, including human interest, documentary and spot news. The journalistic value of the photograph shall be considered over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, photographs which misrepresent the truth, such as manipulation to alter the subject matter, or situations which are set up for the purpose of photography, are unacceptable in photojournalism. Human interest images depict a person or persons in an interactive, emotional, or unusual situation, excluding recreational or sports ACTION. Techniques that add to, relocate replace or remove any element of the original image, except cropping, are not permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the image, without changing the photojournalism content are permitted. All adjustment must appear normal. Colour images may be converted to grey scale.

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. All images must appear natural.


A photograph of people, which may also include a portrait, can show one person only or a group of people whose expression, personality or mood are captured at a certain moment.


A photographic portrait is the representation of a human figure through photography.

The portrait can be set or not, it can be a close-up, a close-up, a half-length, an American plane or a total plane (full figure) and has as its subject the person who is in front of the lens. 


Landscape photography portrays world spaces that may be in turn either huge and borderless or extremely confined, and may include rural or urban areas, both natural or industrial.


By environment photography we mean all those images taken in any environment, in the world. In any situation, with the presence of humans.

Both in small and large spaces, both in the open countryside and in urban centers.

This theme, being classified in the photojournalism category, requires, in every image, the presence of human beings.


Architecture photography shows an overall view or details of a building in its urban or non-urban context, and aims at pointing out its beauty.

All entries shall conform to the stricter of these definitions for acceptances to be validated by all the International Organizations granting recognition or patronage.

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.


The copyright on the forwarded images is the author’s property; it is taken for granted that who sends the photos is their legitimate owner.

On sending his/her images an entrant shall irrevocably consent to the Promoters publishing the photographs free of charge, for purposes connected to the competition such as the catalogue, the website, or for any other use held necessary.

No potograph taking part in the contest shall ever be used for commercial gain.

Every author is held responsible for handling the subject matter of his/her images along with what has been stated in the registration form.

Every author is held responsible for handling the subject matter of his/her images, and authorises their publication on non-profit terms.


PSA, Protection of Entrant 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. Method of submitting entries and any specific format or title requirements.


We inform you that, according to art. 13 of Leg. Decree 30th of June, 2003, n. 196 (bearing the “Code regarding protection of personal data “ herein under abbreviated as the “Code”), all personal data submitted to the International Photography contest “Tuscany Photo Award” will be collected and stored by Fotoincontro on paper, electronic and/or digital and/or telematic means and appropriately handled in order to ensure data integrity and confidentiality in compliance with the Code. The submitted data will be only used for the purpose of this contest. To this end, the organizer reserves the right to display personal data on the web site of the contest ( and/or publish them in the catalogue.

Entrants must submit their personal data to be able to take part in the contest.

Entrants can exercise their rights in accordance with Art. 7 of Legislative Decree 196/2003, (among which, for instance, to obtain information, at any time, regarding confirmation of the existence of their personal data and

their disclosure in an intelligible manner, as well as information related to data processing modalities, update, correction, integration and cancellation of data. The above rights are exercised by means of an informal request to the data controller. 

The data controller is Fotoincontro Association, with registered office in: Viale Bianca Pampaloni 56, Figline Valdarno – FI (Florence) in the person of its pro-tempore president, Mr. Silvano Monchi.


The organization of the contest will produce a catalogue in PDF with all awarded works, which will be sent to all participants, free of charge, by wetransfer.


Though the organizers will attempt to treat all submitted works with the utmost care, they

are not responsible for any damage or loss that may occur during the sending of entries,

whatever the cause.

Participation in the contest requires complete and unconditional acceptance of the present regulations, whose full knowledge is taken for granted.


In order to participate in the competition, in the registration form, i you will find the request for acceptance of these regulations , if you do not consent, by clicking in the appropriate box , the registration will not be valid.