9th Olympic Photographic Circuit 2021

Conditions of Entry

1. General

The Circuit consist of 4 salons and entry is open to photographers all over the world. It will be organized under the approved rules of FIAP, PSA, GPU and the Hellenic Photographic Society. All acceptances will count for FIAP, PSA, and GPU and for inclusion in PSA Star Rating and "Who’s Who".

2. Sections

There are four sections, all DIGITAL:
A) Open Color (PID color)
B) Open Monochrome (PID monochrome)
C) Nature
D) Travel
Each photo can be presented in only one section. When an entrant submits images which are significantly similar to each other, only one of the images will be accepted, even if the images are entered in different sections. An entrant’s four images will be distributed throughout four rounds of judging for every section. Entries must originate as photographs made by the entrant. All techniques are permitted. In Nature and Travel sections the photos could be in color or/and monochrome.

3.Submit of photos

ALL entries MUST be submitted via the internet. Entries NOT submitted via our entry page will not be judged.
The maximum number of works is four (4) per section. (Total 16 photos).
Photos must be in JPG file format. File size of individual image should not exceed 2MB. The dimensions of the photos must be to a maximum of 1920 pixels wide by a maximum of 1080 pixels high. The jury of the photos will be in Full HD TV screens.  Authors can submit photos online.
 Norice for Group Entries
There is a 10% discount for group entries (more than 10 participations).
Group entries will be accepted in the form of CD/DVD at the following address:
Metzakis Manolis 
11 Katehaki st. 
Heraklion 71201
By sending them via wetranfer.com
The linked form must be filled and attached for each group participant.

4. File name

As the photographer wishes. All information needed will be collected from the online entry system. Maximum of 30 characters.
Please do not use invalid characters such us 
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5. Author copyright

Each entrant owns the copyright of the submitted images. The entrant certifies the work as his own. The entrant permits the organizers to reproduce the entered material free of charge for promotional purposes related to the Circuit, like the catalogue, photo CD/DVD and the website, unless specifically stated otherwise by the entrant on the entry form.

6. Catalogue and certificates

Each entrant will receive free of charge a best quality pdf catalogue of all awarded and accepted works and one pdf certificate for each acceptance and award.

7. Notification card

Each entrant will received via e-mail a report card with the results of his/her submitted photos. All results will be uploaded in the website of the circuit.

8. Entry fee

The entry fee for entries are to be paid by following the instructions on the website when filling out the entry form. Payment should be in accordance with the entry fees stated there. Club discount is also specified. Cheques are not accepted. Entries for which no or insufficient payment has been received will not be judged. 
Entrance fee per person for all 4 salons:

Club with more than 10 entries discount of 10%.

Possible ways of payment:


9. Members of the jury

1st Salon "Zeus": Guo Jing, AFIAP, GPU CR2, GPU APHRODITE, China
Vogiatzaki Maria EFIAP, GPU HERMES, GPU CR2, Greece
Markoglou Mimis EFIAP/p, Greece
Alternate: Papaioannou Maria AFIAP, Greece

2nd Salon "Aphrodite":  Virgilio Bardossi, MFIAP, Italy
Chalkiadakis Michalis EFIAP, GPU CR3, GPU HERMES, Greece
Koutsakis Manolis EFIAP, GPU HERMES, GPU CR2, Greece
Alternate: Markaki Hara EFIAP, Greece

3rd Salon "Hermes": Harry Nakos, Associated Press Photographer, Greece
Markoglou Georgios AFIAP, Greece
Albanis Fanis EFIAP, Greece
Alternate: Fragiadakis Manolis Efiap, Greece

4th Salon "Apollo: Amparo Guerreiro, GPU Aphrodide, SPAIN
Papadakis George, EFIAP, Greece
Mamatzakis Panagiotis, Greece
Alternate: Meligounaki Stella, EFIAP, Greece

10. Awards




Honorable mentions GPU FIAP PSA HPS GAP






Judges choice



Best entry per salon



Best entry circuit






Total Awards


501 Awards

Here you can find a breakdown of the awards by category and/or salon.
Each partitipant can win one award per section.


11. Calendar

Closing date: 24 October 2021
Judging: 5-7 November 2021
Notification: 21 November 2021
First public projection: 30 November 2021
Second public projection: 9 December 2021
Sending of catalogs and awards
: 31 December 2021

12. Agree with the conditions

SUBMISSION of an entry signifies acceptance of all our conditions.

13. Rejection

An entry may be rejected by the organizers if it does not conform to Circuit rules and conditions.

14. Jury decision

The jury decision is final.
15. "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.”    

16. Definitions

Nature Photography Definition
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 controlled 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.


PSA definition of Monochrome Photography:
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 the black and white photography (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 colour 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 colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category; such a work requires colour reproduction in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage.

The Photo Travel definition:
“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.“

Drone Policy

The Board approved a new policy on the use of drones and it is available
here https://psaphoto.org/index.php?psa-policies&a=view&faq_id=1632. 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
2. 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.
3. May not fly or photograph in any designated wilderness area.

17. FIAP document 2014/317 E 

“I hereby expressly agree to the FIAP document 2014/317 E  «  Conditons for application and regulations for organization of international photographic events »  and especially to its chapter II « Regulations for International photographic events under FIAP patronage » dealing  under Section II.2 with  the FIAP participation rules and the red list.”

18. PSA document

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:
a)    the images are the original work of the entrant and
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.

19. Recognitions

FIAP 2021/382-385
HPS 2020/14-17
GAP 2020/06-0920. Organization

Chairman: Metzakis Manolis (Emmanouil) GPU ZEUS, GPU CR5, EFIAP/p, ESFIAP, PSA**
E-mail: info@olympicphotocircuit.com
Tel.: +30 6945702080
Web site: https://www.olympicphotocircuit.com