PSA statistics by theme (AKA fun with statistics)

November 28, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

How successful are my photos in Photographic Society of America competitions? Let's take a look!

PSA guidelines say that the acceptance rate for any category should be between 28 and 34%. I've been tracking my entries to PSA competitions in various categories, so I can say approximately how well my photos are doing in comparison to the average. Here's where I stand, for categories in which I've submitted at least 50 photos (to provide a good sample size):

 

  1. Nude (116 photos): 37.9% (18 awards, 15.5%)
  2. Photojournalism (64 photos): 37.5% (4 awards, 6.3%)
  3. Open Monochrome (408 photos): 35.3% (12 awards, 2.9%)
  4. Open Color (425 photos): 26.4% (7 awards, 1.6%)
  5. Woman (120 photos): 22.5% (6 awards, 5.0%)
  6. Portrait (68 photos): 22.1% (2 awards, 2.9%)
  7. Travel (139 photos): 16.5% (0 awards)
  8. Nature (262 photos): 16.4% (9 awards, 3.4%)

In short: My nude images are highly successful, both in their rate of acceptance and the percentage of those acceptances that win awards. Photojournalism is surprisingly close behind on acceptances, and also performs well in awards. I've felt like I don't have many PJD images to submit, but maybe I should rethink that. Open Monochrome also performs ahead of the averages, though with a modest rate of award winners.

My color photos are performing less well than average, which shows where I need to grow artistically. I've always thought I did well in the "woman" category, but clearly that's not borne out by the acceptance data, though I've done a decent job winning awards. The portrait category I'm aware is a weakness (though slightly better as "Portrait and Body" with 12 of 48), and travel and nature as well, which is why I don't enter those categories much any more unless I can do so at no extra cost. I have a surprising number of awards in the nature category, but that (and the acceptances, really) is thanks to just a few good images.

Statistics are fun!

And also just for fun, here are my most successful images in the figurative categories above:

  1. Nude: "Rest and Upheaval," Queen Dandelion, Rialto Beach, July 2018: No surprise! An 11 out of 13 acceptance rate, including a gold medal, silver medal, two bronze medals, Judge's Choice, Diploma, Ribbon, and Certificate! In the color nude category, the top choice is "Framed by Light I," with 4 out of 7 and a gold medal, bronze medal, and two Honorable Mentions.
    Rest and Upheaval (2018)Rest and Upheaval (2018)Rest and Upheaval
    6I8A5363 (09-17-2020)
    07-31-2018
    Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington
    2021-05-02 Pirin Salon (Razlog, Bulgaria) (Nude PIDC): Accepted
    2021-05-29 MTN Photo Salon (Kolkota, India) (Nude PIDM): Judge's Choice
    2021-06-30 Marika Magazine (published in Toronto, Canada) (Summer 2021): Published
    2021-07-02 Hilliard Gallery (Kansas City, Missouri), "14th Annual Contemporary Figurative Show": Exhibited
    2021-07-05 Moscow International Foto Awards (online contest based in Moscow, Russia) (Amateur Nude), as part of a 7-photo series titled "Rest and Upheaval": Honorable Mention
    2021-07-30 3 Square Art Gallery (Fort Collins, Colorado), "Figure That!": Exhibited with a Gold Award
    2021-10-15 Kladovo Summer Circuit (Cuprija and Kladovo, Serbia; Vidin, Bulgaria) (Nude Mono PIDM): Accepted; Salon Gold (Cuprija)
    2021-11-20 Shadowhunter Circuit (Serbia, Croatia, Malta, and Montenegro) (Nude PID): Accepted; Salon Silver (Croatia); Salon Ribbon (Serbia); DIPA Diploma (Montenegro)
    2021-11-29 Clickerz International Salon (Kolkata, India) (Nude PIDC): Certificate of Merit
    2021-11-30 Photo Fest Bitola (Bitola, Macedonia) (Nude PIDC): IAAP Bronze Medal
    2022-02-19 to 03-12 House of Shadows Creative Gallery & Market (Tampa, Florida), "XPlicit IV: Erotic Art": Exhibited and Sold
    2022-01-15 Man and Work (Zajecar, Serbia) (Free Monochrome PIDM): FIAP Honorable Mention
    2022-03-21 Artistic Creations Circuit (India) (Open Monochrome PIDM): PSA Gold Medal
    2022-05-15 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris (Amateur Nude, series): Honorable Mention
    2022-09-12 CAS Photo Academy (India) (Monochrome): Merit Medal Award
    2022-10-25 Bosnia (Open Monochrome): Salon Diploma
    2022-11-20 ND Photo Awards (ndawards.net) (Non-Professional Fine-Art Nudes): Honorable Mention
    2022-11-26 Black and White Spider Awards (Beverly Hills, CA) (Amateur Nude): Nomination
    2023-01-06 to 31 The Glasgow Gallery of Photography (Glasgow, Scotland) (International Photography Exhibition: Monochrome): Exhibited
    2023-01-17 Dodho Magazine (Barcelona, Spain) Nude Photography Awards: Best Images (top 25, "published in the book 'NUDE' to be released next February" and "exhibited for a year in our online gallery"
    Framed by Light I (2016)Framed by Light I (2016)Framed by Light I
    6I8A8543 (4/3/2021)
    7/24/2016
    DianaJean
    Amanda Park, Washington
    2021-08-11 Vidin Spring Circuit (Vidin, Pazardzhik, and Paracin, Bulgaria) (Nude Color PIDC), as "Framed by Light": Master of Light Gold Medal at Vidin; Master of Light Honorable Mention at both Pazardzhik and Paracin
    2021-11-20 Shadowhunter Circuit (Serbia, Croatia, and Montenegro) (Shadowhunter PID): Accepted
    2021-11-30 Photo Fest Bitola (Bitola, Macedonia) (Light and Shadows PIDC): IAAP Silver Medal
    2021-12-19 Chromatic Awards (Online) (Amateur Nude): Honorable Mention
    2022-02-15 Photo Salon Kicevo (North Macedonia) (Light and Shadows PIDC): Accepted
    2022-04-24 Pirin Salon (Pirin, Bulgaria) (Nude PIDC): IAAP Bronze Medal
    2022-10-01 Balkan Circuit (Aleksinak, Novi Sad and Ruma, Serbia) (Open Color PIDC): Accepted
    2022-12-05 Trofeu Pell (Spain) (Backlight PIDC): Accepted in 2 of 4 judgings
  2. Open Monochrome: "Shasta II," Shasta Wonder, Lynnwood, August 2017: Accepted in 13 of 19 entries. No awards, oddly, but just consistently high scores. My most awarded image is, as in the nude category, "Rest and Upheaval," alongside several others from that same photo shoot that are also popular with the judges.
    Shasta II (2017)Shasta II (2017)Shasta II
    6I8A6319 (3-16-2020)
    08-22-2017
    Shasta Wonder
    Lynnwood, Washington
    2021-11-20 Vidin Spring Circuit (Bulgaria and Serbia) (Nude Mono PIDM), as "Shasta": Accepted; Salon Gold Medal in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria
    2022-01-30 Unlimited Photo (Podgorica, Montenegro) (Open Monochrome PIDM): Accepted
    2022-02-15 WSP Hungary (Budapest, Hungary) (Open Monochrome PIDM): Accepted
    2022-03-21 Artistic Creations Circuit (India) (Open Monochrome): Accepted
    2022-09-11 Photo Story (North Macedonia) (Open Monochrome PIDM): Accepted
    2022-10-03 Varadinum (Romania) (Open Monochrome PIDM): Accepted
    2022-10-15 Aesthetic Vision (India) (Open Monochrome PIDM): Accepted in 5 of 6 judgings
    2022-11-06 Art Life (North Macedonia) (Open Monochrome): Accepted
  3. Open Color: "Isaac's Angel," Vex Voir, Interlaken Park, June 2017: Accepted in 14 of 20 entries. Awarded a Judge's Choice and two Merit Awards.
    Jacob's Angel (2017)Jacob's Angel (2017)Isaac's Angel
    6I8A9798 (1/26/2019)
    6/8/2017
    Vex Voir
    Interurban Park, Seattle, Washington
    2022-01-15 Full Frame International Salon (Mumbai, India) (Nature ND): Accepted
    2022-01-15 Man and Work (Zajecar, Serbia) (Free Color PIDC): Accepted
    2022-02-20 Gold Shadow Exhibition (Cuprija, Serbia) (Open Color PIDC): Accepted
    2022-03-01 Onyx Salon (Romania) (Open Color PIDC): Accepted
    2022-04-01 Tower Circuit (Kula, Novi Sad, Aleksinac, Ruma, and Vrbas) (Open Color PIDC): Accepted
    2022-06-27 Lanki (Sri Lanka) (Open Color PIDC): Judge's Choice in one of three judgings
    2022-09-12 CAS Photo Academy (India) (Colour PIDC): Accepted
    2022-10-10 Photo Fest Bitola (North Macedonia) (Nude PIDC): Accepted
    2022-10-10 Bengal Super Circuit (India) (Open Color PIDC): Accepted in 3 of 5 judgings; Merit Award in two of them
  4. Woman: "Tristen Draped," Tristen, Seattle, October 2010: Accepted in 6 of 12 entries and awarded a silver medal and Honorable Mention. Monochrome images are too rare in this category to mention.
    Tristen Draped (2010)Tristen Draped (2010)Tristen Draped
    6I8A3256 (10/3/2010)
    10/2/2010
    Tristen
    Seattle, Washington
    2022-01-30 Magic Life International Contest of Art Photography (Yenişehir-Mersin, Turkey) (Woman PIDC): Club Silver Medal
    2022-03-10 MNE PBK Circuit (Kotor, Montenegro) (Woman Color PIDC): Accepted
    2022-05-01 DPW Four Country Circuit (Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia) (Woman PIDC): Accepted; Salon Honorable Mention in Croatia
    2022-10-15 FKA Autumn Circuit (Kula, Serbia) (Woman PIDC): Accepted
  5. Portrait: "You have no power over me," Bowie Monroe, Bellevue, September 2018: Accepted in 4 of 6. In the color variation, "Diane" (Seattle, September 2012) is close behind with 3 of 5.
    You have no power over me (2018)You have no power over me (2018)You have no power over me
    6I8A8303 (2018-09-10)
    2018-09-01
    Bowie Monroe
    Bellevue, Washington
    2021-05-01 Black Box Gallery (Portland, Oregon), "Focus: Portraiture": Exhibited
    2021-06-19 Praxis Photo Arts Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota), "Femalia": Exhibited
    2021-10-13 Shadowhunter Circuit (Portrait PIDC) (Croatia, Malta and Serbia): Accepted
    2021-11-29 Clickerz International Salon (Portraiture PIDC) (Kolkata, India): Accepted
    2022-04-29 to 30 Rochester Erotic Arts Festival (Auburn, New York): Digital exhibition
    2022-06-10 to 07-21 A Smith Gallery ("she") (Johnson City, Texas): Exhibited
    Diane (2012)Diane (2012)Diane
    6I8A6460 (2021-09-27)
    2021-09-25
    Diane
    Seattle, Washington
    2021-10-15 Kladovo Summer Circuit (Nude Color PIDC): Accepted at Cuprija, Serbia and Pazardzhik, Bulgaria and awarded a Salon Honorable Mention at both
    2022-01-30 Magic Life International Contest of Art Photography (Yenişehir-Mersin, Turkey) (Woman PIDC): Accepted
    2022-02-15 WSP Hungary (Budapest, Hungary) (Portrait PIDC): Accepted
    2022-04-24 Pirin Salon (Pirin, Bulgari) (Open Color): Accepted
    2022-08-22 Suvarna (India) (Portrait PIDC): Accepted
    2022-08-28 Gold Camera (Montenegro) (Open Color PIDC): Accepted
    2022-10-10 Photo Fest Bitola (North Macedonia) (Portrait PIDC): Accepted

 


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