1. Organizer

Unlimited Photo Club, Podgorica, Montenegro

2. Participation

The Photo Contest is open to amateur and professional photographers from all over the world. The public showings of projected Exhibition will be held in: Culture Center of Podgorica, Podgorica, Montenegro.

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.
  2. May not be re-titled for entry in any other PSA Recognized exhibition, including translation into another language.

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.

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 fail 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.


When an entrant fills in the Entry Form to submit an entry the entrant will see a feature to affirm he or she has read these Conditions of Entry when he or she fills out the entry form.  If the entrant does not so affirm the entry will not be submitted


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.


i.    Acceptances in PID recognized Color sections shall be credited towards PID Color Star Ratings and Who’s Who Color listings. Monochrome images accepted in PID recognized Color sections shall only be credited towards PID Color Star Ratings.

ii.   Acceptances in PID recognized Monochrome sections shall be credited towards PID Monochrome Star Ratings and Who’s Who Monochrome listings.



FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l´Art Photographique) 2021/098

PSA (Photographic Society of America) 2021-1188

GPU (Global Photographic Union) L210044

IAAP (International Association of Art Photographers) TBD

MoL (Photo Association Master of Light) 2021/30

DIPA (Danube International Photo Association) 2021/016

AB&RP (Asian Belt & Road Photography Major League) 2021-004


4. Themes

a) Nature (color/monochrome) ND color class

b) Portrait (color/monochrome) PID color class

c) Street (color/monochrome) PID color class

d) Creative (color/monochrome) PID color class

e) Open Color PID color class

f) Open Monochrome PID monochrome class


5. Entry fee

The entry fee is 20€ or 25$
Entry fee is mandatory for all participants and unique for all themes, no matter how many themes the entrant's participating for.

For the Group participation, we offer a discount of 10% if 10+ and a discount of 20% for the group of 20 + participants.


6. Awards

The Jury will assign over 120 awards  - (FIAP Blue Badge for the best Author as the highest number of acceptances in all themes) + MoL Gold Badge and 6 SPECIAL CHAIRMAN CHOICE Awards as follows:

a) Nature (color/monochrome)
FIAP - Gold medal and 2 HM Ribbons

PSA - Gold medal and 3 HM Ribbons

GPU - Gold medal and 1 HM Ribbon

DIPA - Gold medal

IAAP - Gold Medal

MoL - Gold Medal

AB&RP - Gold, Silver, Bronze medals and 6 HM Ribbons

Unlimited Photo - 2 Gold medals, 2 Silver medals, 2 Bronze medals and 6 HM Ribbons


b) Portrait (color/monochrome)
FIAP - Gold medal and 2 HM Ribbons

PSA - Gold medal and 3 HM Ribbons

GPU - Gold medal and 1 HM Ribbon

DIPA - Silver medal

IAAP - Silver Medal

MoL - Silver Medal

AB&RP - Gold, Silver, Bronze medals and 6 HM Ribbons

Unlimited Photo - 2 Gold medals, 2 Silver medals, 2 Bronze medals and 6 HM Ribbons

c) Street (color/monochrome)
FIAP - Gold medal and 2 HM Ribbons

PSA - Gold medal and 3 HM Ribbons

GPU - Silver Medal and 1 HM Ribbon

DIPA - Bronze medal

IAAP - Bronze Medal

MoL - Bronze Medal

AB&RP - Gold, Silver, Bronze medals and 6 HM Ribbons

Unlimited Photo - 2 Gold medals, 2 Silver medals, 2 Bronze medals and 6 HM Ribbons


d) Creative (color/monochrome)
FIAP - Gold medal and 2 HM Ribbons

PSA - Gold medal and 3 HM Ribbons

GPU - Bronze Medal and 1 HM Ribbon

DIPA - 2 HM Ribbons

IAAP - 2 HM Ribbons

MoL - 2 HM Ribbons

AB&RP - Gold, Silver, Bronze medals and 6 HM Ribbons

Unlimited Photo - 2 Gold medals, 2 Silver medals, 2 Bronze medals and 6 HM Ribbons


e) Open Color
FIAP - Gold medal and 2 HM Ribbons

PSA - Gold medal and 3 HM Ribbons

GPU - 2 HM Ribbons

DIPA - 2 HM Ribbons

IAAP - 2 HM Ribbons

MoL - 2 HM Ribbons

AB&RP - Gold, Silver, Bronze medals and 6 HM Ribbons

Unlimited Photo - 2 Gold medals, 2 Silver medals, 2 Bronze medals and 6 HM Ribbons


f) Open Monochrome
FIAP - Gold medal and 2 HM Ribbons

PSA - Gold medal and 3 HM Ribbons

GPU - 2 HM Ribbons

DIPA - 2 HM Ribbons

IAAP - 2 HM Ribbons

MoL - 2 HM Ribbons

AB&RP - Gold, Silver, Bronze medals and 6 HM Ribbons

Unlimited Photo - 2 Gold medals, 2 Silver medals, 2 Bronze medals and 6 HM Ribbons


7. Submission of Works

To participate in the 4th Painting Light International Contest 2021 authors will apply with black & white or color works. The maximum number of photographs per theme is 4. No title or identification of the maker shall be written anywhere on the face of an image. An entrant’s four images will be distributed throughout four rounds of judging in that section. Photographs are accepted in electronic form only.
Format of photographs: JPG
Size of photographs: The image size should be 1920 x 1080 pixels (the horizontal side of the photo must be 1920px), and the resolution should be 300 dpi
JPG File compression should be between 7 and 12
The memory size of the file must not exceed 2 Mb
The projecting device is Samsung Class Full HD 43" Flat TV K5002 Series 5, 1920x1080 will be used to display the images to the judges.

Format of photographs: JPG


8. File naming

The filename must be the same as the artwork name.
The filename must be in English, unique, NOT containing special symbols. Example: morning.jpg. Only English letters (a-z) are allowed.
Words such as “Untitled” and “No Title” are not acceptable as part or all of an image’s title, nor are camera capture filename (ex. DSC_00123)


9. Entry form

Authors must fill out an online entry form. The entry form and contact info must be written in one of the official FIAP languages.


10. Uploading files

Upload digital photograph files directly to the organizers web site: www.unlimitedphoto.org


11. Possible ways of payment

Pay Pal transfer

The participants paying the participation fee through Pay Pal must specify their names and surnames.

Pay Pal email address is: vrzicl@gmail.com

Works by authors who do not pay the registration fee will not be taken into consideration.


Other ways of payment:

Western Union Payment - information and details will be submitted on entrants request


12. Exhibition calendar

Closing date 24. April 2021.

Judging: 04 – 07. May 2021.

Notification: 18. May 2021.

EDAS Sending 05 June 2021.

Exhibitions of Prints and Digital Projections: 17 and 19 June 2021.

Sending of catalogs and awards: 20. July 2021.

The acceptance rate in any single section may not exceed 25%

13. Jury

The works will be judged by the expert jury:

1. Borislav Milovanovic, EFIAP/D1, ESFIAP, EPSA, GPU CR3, FAPU, HonPESGSPC, HON.FICS

2. Barbara Schmidt, MPSA, EFIAP/b, GPU CR-4, GPU VIP-3, GPU Hermes, Germany

3. Nenad Nikolic, AFIAP, GPU Aphrodite, Serbia


Ljiljana Vrzic, GPU Aphrodite, Serbia


14. Report and notifications

All participants will receive personal report card notifications via e-mail, showing all acceptances and awarded images. Also, Acceptance Certificates (as PDF file) will be posted on personal email addresses. The results of the Exhibition will also be published on organizers website.


15. Delivering Catalog

All entrants will be able to download an exclusively prepared PDF catalog. The catalog will be digitally published with awarded photographs and with a certain number of photographs chosen by the organizer of the Exhibition, without financial compensation for the author's royalties. The organizer will take all possible care while handling the email, awards, and catalogs, however, we assume no liability for damages and losses during shipment.


16. Information and contact

For further information please contact us by e-mail address:
Chairman of the Photo Contest:
Boris Tomic


PSA Definitions


Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, 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 grey-scale 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.


PSA ADDITION to the joint FIAP/PSA rules

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.


An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e. contains only shades of grey 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.

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


Images in the Street theme can be in color or monochrome technique, originate from digital files or slides. Monochrome images may be entered in PID Color sections but if accepted will only be eligible towards PID Color Star Ratings.

In this theme, we expect photography that records unposed scenes in public places (streets, parks, restaurants, stores, museums, libraries, airports; train, bus, and subway stations, etc). The primary subject is people and/or symbols of people, at rest or in motion, alone or with others, going about their everyday activities. This includes street portraits, candid street photography, still life, socio–documentary street photography, urban landscape. Show architecture in harmony with the surrounding landscape and environment. See well-known places from a new perspective. We are not interested in “postcard esthetics”, we want modern and contemporary images of modern and contemporary architecture. Bring architecture and sights in contrast to people, landscape, nature, and environment and produce connections between people and architecture/sights.



PSA definition

The PSA definition of Creative is "Altered Reality." The image must obviously display a change in natural color, form, shape, or any combination of these three. Creative images are often montages (a blending or composite of multiple images). High Dynamic Range (HDR) images without further changes are not considered "altered reality." The original image must be made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or captured digitally. All images must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else. Original images must be altered by the maker; artwork or computer graphics generated by the entrant may be incorporated, if the original photographic content predominates. Images may not be constructed entirely within a computer. It is necessary that the image's core content be identifiable. Non-creative images are not eligible for this competition. Any subject matter is acceptable as long as the Altered Reality guidelines are followed

FIAP definition

Creative or experimental photographs display a novel effect because of an unusual combination of objects and/or unusual viewpoint. Photographs in which the images have been modified during or after exposure by using an experimental technique are also eligible in Creative/Experimental sections. The photograph must always have a basic photographic image. Digital manipulation processes may be employed providing the original photograph was exposed by the entrant, including any textures used.

An image created in the author's imagination beyond what is seen through the camera's lens. This includes set up scenes, zoomed photographs, double exposures, etc. as well as images manipulated in various computer software programs. The final result must be all the photographer's own work, including the original image.