PJD Photo Story Competition

PJD Photo Story 
Competition Director

Bob Ginn


Competition Deadline: August 1 

The Photo Story Competition provides an opportunity for PSA members to develop or explore one theme or subject in a deeper, more comprehensive manner by using a series of digital images or a layout of prints.

Photo Story makers develop different strategies based on the format selected.  
  • A Digital Photo Story uses a series of images, with optional text or narration, and/or music to communicate or tell a single story. These short digital shows can be created using ProShow Gold or Producer, Power Point, Keynote, or similar software. Digital Photo Stories are judged primarily for their storyline as well as for their presentation. 
  • The Print Photo Story depends on the overall impact of the total presentation enhanced by layout, the size and prominence of key images, the juxtaposition of close-ups and long shots and of verticals and horizontals, the use of white space, and the overall composition.  A Print Photo Story normally requires less narrative than a Digital Photo Story, or none at all.  Also what is presented in words need not necessarily be tied to an individual image (as in a Digital Photo Story).

Eligibility & Rules

Digital Photo Stories may include music and/or narration but may not be longer than five (5) minutes. The maker's name must not appear within the Digital Photo Story, but should be labeled on the submitted disc. (See Royalty Free Music in Members Only area for suggested sources.)

Print Photo Stories may include a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of eight (8) individual prints, mounted on no more than two (2) mounting boards, 16 x 18 inches or smaller. Captions may be included on the storyboard and text, not to exceed 200 words, may be provided as narration to enhance the pictorial story line.

Each entrant may enter up to three (3) stories in each of the two (2) sections. No photo story may be entered that has won an award in a previous Photo Story Competition. A photo story may not be entered more than twice in the same format. A specific essay or travelette may be submitted to only one PSA division each year. The same essay or travelette may be submitted to another division's essay competition in another year.


A gold medal is presented to the best Photo Story and a silver medal is awarded in each section, one for the runner-up in the section from which the gold came and the other sliver medal for the best entry in the other section. HM ribbons are presented based on the number of entries and the discretion of the judges.

An entrant earning an Award receives four acceptances and two title credits in Photojournalism. Someone earning an Honorable Mention will receive three acceptances and two title credits in Photojournalism. These acceptances and title credits are not applicable beyond the fifth Star in Photojournalism. PSA Who's Who credit is not earned with acceptances from the Photo Story Competition.

Entry Form

Complete one online Entry Form for each Photo Story being submitted. Mail a Story Board, CD and/or DVD entry to the Director c/o Bob Ginn, PO Box 900, Guadalupe, CA  93434, USA. All entries from one member should be mailed together in one package.