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Please refer to the Overview of PSA for more information on the many offerings of PSA.
3D or 3DD -The 3D Division (formerly called the Stereo Division) is responsible for conducting and overseeing PSA activities regarding 3D photography. Generally there are no limitations on subject matter or techniques used for image capture or post-processing. There is a single Stars track, which includes both projected images and prints.
APSA - Associate - A PSA honor awarded for material contributions to the advancement of photography, whether resulting primarily from photography proficiency and achievement, or for service. Photographic achievement must be combined with elements of service.
AM - Award of Merit - An award presented for excellence to images in PSA interclub competitions.
BOS - Best of Show - An award is often presented in PSA photograph competitions or PSA- recognized exhibition to the overall winning images.
CIC - Creative Interclub Competition - This competition is conducted by PID.
DIVISION - A team of volunteers that are responsible for the conduct of various activities related to a particular photographic area of interest. The activities include the conduct of individual and interclub competitions, study groups for individuals, providing PSA recognition for international exhibitions and the Stars/Galaxy ratings program. There are six divisions: 3D (3DD), Nature (ND), Photojournalism (PJD), Photo Travel (PTD), Pictorial Print (PPD) and Projected Image (PID).
FPSA - Fellow - A PSA honor awarded for outstanding contributions to the advancement of photography, involving a high degree of proficiency and achievement, combined with such elements of service as the dissemination of acquired knowledge through lecturing, judging, instructing, and publishing of articles or papers. Personal photography achievement alone does not qualify for this honor.
HM - Honorable Mention - This award is often presented to images in PSA photo competitions and PSA-recognized exhibitions.
HonFPSA - Honorary Fellow - A PSA honor only awarded for unique or outstanding contributions of major importance to photography. This is the highest designation awarded by the Society. The recipient must be a PSA member.
HonPSA - Honorary Membership - A PSA honor awarded for outstanding service to photography, particularly through organizational or similar work; the recipient of this honor need not be a member of PSA.
IC - Interclub Competition - a chart of all of PSA's Interclub Competitions will help you find the right competition for your PSA-member club.
ICC - Individual Creative Competition - This competition is conducted by PID.
MOM - Master Operations Manual - Many PSA positions have a MOM associated with them, which serve as job descriptions. These are helpful to read when applying for a volunteer position with PSA.
ND - The Nature Divison is responsible for conducting and overseeing PSA activities regarding Nature photography; there is an accepted definition which specifies its scope. There is a single Stars track, which includes both projected images and prints.
PID - The Projected Image Division is responsible for conducting and overseeing PSA activities regarding open or general subject photography. There are no limitations on subject matter or techniques used for image capture or post-processing. There are two PID Stars tracks - Open and Monochrome. It replaced the CPID (Color Projected Image Division) and the EID (Electronic Imagery Division) divisions after the September 2012 PSA Annual Conference in San Francisco.
PJ or PJD - The Photojournalism Division is responsible for conducting and overseeing PSA activities regarding Photojournalistic photograpy; an accepted definition which specifies its scope. There is a single Stars track, which includes both projected images and prints.
POM - Print of the Month (Pictorial Print Division Competition).
PPD - The Pictorial Print Division is responsible for conducting and overseeing PSA activities regarding print photography; generally there are no limitations on subject matter or techniques used for image capture or post-processing. There are four Stars tracks - Large Open, Large Monochrome, Small Open and Small Monochrome.
PSA - Photographic Society of America.
ROPA - Recognition of Photographic Achievement - A program which recognizes PSA Members' photographic achievements in PSA-recognized International Exhibitions. It is responsible for the award of the PSA distinctions (PPSA, EPSA, MPSA and GMPSA).
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