The hosting of a Salon is a considerable and responsible task. PSSA commends and is proud of those who take up the challenge.  The five steps below are aimed at assisting you in this task.

1.  Please remember that as artists those entering Salons are all very possessive of their work and sensitive to its performance, so extreme care should be taken of all the entries to your Salon as if they were your own.

2.  Submit your request to host a salon via your Regional Director using this Application for PSSA Patronage form of 2018/11/30 doc pdf

3. Submit this second part of the approval of the salon for the approval of the Judges for the salon.   doc pdf

4.  The PSSA Salon Administrator, Roel van Oudheusden, will be happy to provide advice on any aspect of a Salon and is available at all times.

5.  To assist you in meeting your obligations we have also compiled a Checklist with key dates. The spreadsheet contains a second sheet to check that the salon results fall within the parameters. This must be completed and sent to together with your final score sheet.

Instructions for the format of the final results for publishing including how to submit the medal-winning images can be found on the third sheet of the Checklist.

Click here to download the Checklist  

6.  Click here for the PSSA approved Salon category definitions.

7.  Before you undertake to host a Salon, please familiarise yourself with the current PSSA requirements. Therefore download and become au fait with the Salon Director's Manual. This is a living document and changes as does the Society itself. It is therefore extremely important for you to download the latest version each time a salon is run. 

Click here to download the Salon Directors Manual as at 2018.02.26 (5 MB)    Click here to download the Conditions of Entry

8. Salon Certificates

It is recommended that certificates are issued for each award (including medals). Salons are free to use their own design but are welcome to use the PSSA design, sample below. 

Click on the example certificate below to download a zip file containing a high-resolution version together with all the necessary fonts and guidelines.
The PSSA certificate is designed for an A4 print. When printed they should be in full colour on poster paper of 200gsm.

Salon certificates may be signed electronically and distributed via e-mail in PDF format. 

Example Krugersdorp 2018 small

logoBAK9. Creation of salon Catalogue

A catalogue MUST be issued and whilst this need not be printed, a hard copy would be the only real archival record of the event.

A digital version of the catalogue, which may include an image show (see requirements below) of the winners and acceptances, may be published on a disk or distributed electronically via DropBox, Google Drive, Wetransfer etc.

The catalogue must be distributed to all entrants, sponsors and advertisers. No fee may be charged when distributed electronically via the internet.

Even when the electronic catalogue is made available via download, the disk alternative must still be made available since it cannot be expected that all entrants have access to broadband internet to download large files. Costs may be recovered from the recipients.

In each category, the award winners should be listed prominently followed by an alphabetical list of all acceptances (sorted by surname of entrant). Awards are listed from highest to lowest with the PSSA Gold medal being the highest.

PSSA awards should always rank the highest in each category of a salon (Silver for National salons and Gold for International salons) followed by the respective Club Awards, and Certificates of Merit. A FIAP Ribbon is regarded similar to a COM but should be listed before the COMs.

The catalogue must include the following:

  • All the awarded images and a large selection of the accepted images with every participating country being represented;
  • Number of entries received in each category and overall
  • Number of acceptances
  • Names of the judges of each category with their photographic honours
  • Name, address and e-mail of the salon director
  • Patronage details and relevant organisation’s publicity statement
  • List of all acceptances in each category sorted per country and then alphabetically per surname, then first name.

International salons will need to include all the above as well as a statistical table, mentioning separately per category, per section and per country:

  • the number of participating authors;
  • the number of accepted authors;
  • the best author

Click here to download the Salon Catalogue Manual

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