Why Join PSA


PSA Member Benefits

The benefits of PSA membership are different for individual members and organization (club/council) members.

Individual Member Benefits 

  • PSA Journal full-color monthly magazine (mailed & online) and annual Who's Who in Photography publication  
  • Opportunity to submit articles for potential publication in the PSA Journal which is written by and for members 
  • Three noncommercial ads each year (no more than 5 lines or 175 characters) in the PSA Journal at no cost 
  • Access to My PSA free web site services (e.g., Image Evaluation, Mentors, Consultants, resource links, up-to-date product and book reviews) 
  • Free online Individualized Photography Course, Advanced Photography Course, and Image Analysis Course 
  • Free Study Groups: online for digital images and via mail for prints
  • Free services (e.g., Species Identification Service, Photo Travel Planning Service, Digital Product Information)
  • Annual Conference with workshops, field trips, photo shoots, and featured speakers at reduced registration fee 
  • Listing in and access to online Membership List following login 
  • Publication of photos on the PSA web site (e.g., a photo in the New Member Gallery on joining, in the Show Your Stuff Gallery on renewing for year two, and in ROPA Galleries following receipt of a PSA Distinction) 
  • Creation of a personal photo gallery on the PSA web site for posting up to twenty (20) images and a biography
  • Use of PSA logo on personal web site and business card 
  • Opportunity to earn PSA Star Ratings and Recognition of Photographic Achievement (ROPA) with PSA Distinctions for Proficiency (PPSA), Excellence (EPSA), Master (MPSA), and Grand Master (GMPSA) 
  • Opportunity to be elected an Associate (APSA) or Fellow (FPSA) of the Society 
  • Opportunity to be recognized for photography and/or volunteer service (Society, Service, Editorial, Web Site, Area, State or Province Membership Director, Region Director, International Representative, and Membership Awards)
  • Recognition of Membership Milestones when they are reached
  • Competitions for specific topics/themes (e.g., Creative, Portrait) or format (e.g., 3D, digital essays, story boards, B&W prints) 
  • Reduced fee for PSA Adventures (e.g., Humanitarian trip to Cuba, cruises) 
  • Reduced registration fee at local Chapter meetings (US only)
  • Opportunity to present programs and seminars at local, regional, and international meetings
  • Discounts on photography-related products and services

Club Member Benefits 

  • Access to the PSA Club Services area following login where ten Consultants are available to help PSA-member club's leadership with: Getting Started, PSA Membership, PSA Club Forums, Club Communication, Technical Assistance, PSA Interclub Competitions, Judging Services, Club Programs, Club Community Service, and Club Recognition.
  • Listing on the PSA Clubs/Councils North America or Outside North America webpage on the PSA web site including a link to the club's web site. Opportunity to submit photos of club activities for posting on the club's PSA state's or international region's webpage.
  • A copy of the monthly PSA Journal and annual Who's Who in Photography to bring to club meetings and share with the members.
  • Receipt of quarterly The Projector emailed newsletter designed for PSA-member clubs
  • Invitation to join the PhotoEditors online forum which provides sample articles and other information for the club editor/webmaster.
  • Invitation to join the Camera Club Sparkle online forum which provides an information exchange for club Presidents and the PSA Club Representative.
  • Opportunity to enter the six free PSA digital Interclub competitions. These Interclub competitions include Projected Image, Creative, Nature, Travel, Photojournalism, and 3D images. There is also a free Print Interclub competition.
  • Loan of DVDs for PSA-member clubs (e.g., 75 Years of PSA, CPID Best of the Best).
  • Opportunity to participate in the PSA Youth Photography Showcase. The publicity generated by the Youth Photography Showcase is beneficial in recruiting new PSA club members.
  • Discounted customizable, template club web site that removes the work load from one person and assures the maintenance & safety of the images and data.
  • Discounted software to manage the conduct of digital club competitions.
  • Club judging service for every club; including real-time, remote judging.
  • Use of the PSA Logo on the club web site, newsletter, brochure, etc. 
  • Opportunity to submit application for the PSA Club Service Award (for service to the community) and gain recognition for the club.
  • Opportunity to submit the club's newsletter and web site to the PSA Newsletter and Web Site competitions for evaluation and potential recognition.

Other Member Benefits

  • PSA Greenhood Scholarship Program
  • PSA Youth Showcase
  • Support for Photography Research (Amon Carter Museum)
  • PSA Print Collection
  • PSA Exhibition Standards and recognition of photo competitions worldwide that have agreed to conform to these standards
  • Ethics Standards Policy and Ethics Review Board
  • Networking programs and opportunities
  • Camaraderie with others who share a deep interest in photography 
  • Liaison with photography societies worldwide
  • Partnerships that provide pre-release information, and accessibility to products and services at reduced cost