Photo Festival


The PSA Photo Festival

The Photographic Society of America's (PSA) week-long International Annual Photo Festival offers you the opportunity to improve your photographic skills by participating in a myriad of activities.  The festival is an educational and networking experience held each year in September or October in a different US city.  An overview of the rich culture of the festival is found in the history of the PSA Annual Conference (now called Festival) that was prepared for the PSA 75th Anniversary.

During a festival, registrants participate in classes, workshops, instructional photo shoots and photo tours.  The opening of the festival is a business meeting which also recognizes member achievements with award presentations. 

Each of the various PSA divisions hold their business meeting, open to all festival attendees, during the festival.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn how each division contributes to the society as a whole.

At each festival, the Society’s extensive Print Collection is on exhibit. World-renowned speakers present timely topics of interest followed by receptions.  Many photography vendors have displays and demonstrate and answer questions about their products and services which help with purchasing decisions. The festival ends with a formal banquet, recognizing top achievers in photography and honoring the many volunteers who have made PSA successful.

The PSA International Festival, one of the best networking events of the year, is open to PSA members and non-members. It is a great way to meet people who share the same passion, have a personal encounter with accomplished photographers, improve skills, learn more about PSA and renew longtime acquaintances. For many members, it is their first PSA activity.

The tabs on the left provide up-to-date information about the festival as the various workshops, classes, tours, programs and speakers are organized. Online registration for the festival and the hotel opens around the beginning of May.


View photos and videos from past conferences to get a good idea of what to expect when you attend a PSA Conference.