PJD Photo Story Competition

PJD Photo Story 
Competition Director

Position Open

Opening date for entries: June 1
Competition Deadline: December 31
Judging dates: Between January and March

Medals and Ribbons presented at the PSA Conference

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.


Results (published after the PSA Conference)

Photo Story makers develop different strategies based on the format selected. 

  • A Digital Photo Story is a short digital shows that uses a maximum of 20 images and written narration. It can also be created using any slideshow or similar software with no special effects. Slide transitions are acceptable if they enhance the viewer’s experience. 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 typically 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).
  • A Photo Book Story is terrific way to share your memories in a creative elegant book fashion. It would be similar to a Print Photo Story except that there will be a maximum of 50 images and the narrative will be used to create a sense of time for your images. This book may actually be in printed or electronic form.
  • A Multi-Media Photo Story uses a series of images, with optional text or narration, and/or music to communicate or tell a single story. No video files or clips may be used (only still images). These short (five minutes maximum) digital shows can be created using ProShow Gold or Producer, Power Point, Keynote, or similar software. Multi-Media Photo Stories are judged primarily for their storyline as well as for their presentation.  All music for these stories must be royalty free.

Eligibility & Rules

  • A Digital Photo Story uses a series of images (maximum of 20), with optional text or narration to communicate or tell a single story.
  • A Photo Book Story uses a series of images (maximum of 50), with text interspersed the same manner that it would be in a conventional book with photos.
  • Multi-Media 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. (Login and 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 two (2) stories in each of the four (4) 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.
  • All Award winning stories will receive four acceptance credits and two title credits for stars 1-5, including Honorable Mentions in Photojournalism.
  • Acceptance credits and title credits can be used towards Galaxy levels 1-5 as one title accepted three times in Photojournalism.
  • Acceptance and title credits are not eligible for Galaxy Levels 6 and higher 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: John Andrew Hughes, 113 S Buteo Woods Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89144-4352, USA. All entries from one member should be mailed together in one package.

» PJD - Photo Story competition Entry form - due August 1: Interactive Web Page

This competition is open to individual members of PSA. A PSA membership number is required when entering. Complete one entry form for each Photojournalism Photo Story being submitted.