PSA Journal


Overview of the PSA Journal

Each month PSA members have the opportunity to read feature articles in the full-color PSA Journal. These articles are written by members, for members. The articles include many "how-to" ideas and techniques, and cover a variety of topics of interest to the photography enthusiast.

The PSA Journal also includes recurring articles by member-columnists, for example: photography software and hardware reviews, photography book reviews, a "Social Networking for Photographers" series," the "Just for Beginners" series, selections from the online New Member Gallery, "Distinctive Image" articles, updates from PSA Board members, a list of current PSA-recognized International Exhibitions, news items, and a calendar of events.

The first issue of the PSA Journal (March 1935) was 16 pages on 8½ x 11 inch paper and its subjects were pictorial and technical, reflecting the interest of the early Society. Originally, the Journal was a quarterly publication whose goal was to cater to the advanced amateur and professional photographer. The evolution of the Journal is described in the history of the PSA Journal that was prepared for the PSA 75th Anniversary.

PSA recognizes those members who contribute to the PSA Journal. Points are given for articles and images that are published and these points lead to Editorial Stars. The Charles Keaton Award is presented to a PSA Journal contributor who has supported the magazine for a long period of time with feature articles. The Elmore R. Chatham Memorial Award is presented to the author of the article considered the best feature story in the PSA Journal from the prior calendar year.

Once a year the Society publishes Who's Who in Photography, a separate publication which is delivered with the May issue of the PSA Journal. PSA's Who's Who in Photography is the only publication of its type in the world¦ there is no other photography Who's Who listing.

A searchable Index of Articles appearing in the PSA Journal has been maintained from 1934 to the present and is updated quarterly. This index is an invaluable reference when writing an article for the PSA Journal or when preparing a photography-related program.

The PSA Journal is mailed to a member's home address and is also available online as a downloadable pdf or a mobile version at the first of each month.. A recent issue of the PSA Journal is available as a sample to share the Journal's quality writing and graphic design with prospective members and advertisers.

This section of the PSA web site also includes:

  • The Distinctive Image Series of articles
  • The PSA Journal Columnists and News Editors
  • Guidelines to Write for the PSA Journal
  • An area to upload potential articles with the related photographs, and
  • Media Kits that provide the PSA Journal advertising specs and rates.