ND Star Ratings Program

Star Ratings Directors:

Stars 1-5 

 ✉ Wendy Li, EPSA

✉ Vincent Liew, PPSA

✉ Hong Li, EPSA

Galaxy, Diamond, &
Photo Naturalist

 ✉ Bob Ossler
PSA members who have received acceptances in PSA-recognized Nature Exhibitions are eligible to apply for Nature Division (ND) Star Ratings. For additional information or help to apply for Nature Division Star Ratings, please send an email to the appropriate Director.

The Nature Division Star Rating program was initiated in 1953 as a method of providing exhibitors with recognition for their photographic proficiency in PSA-recognized Nature exhibitions. A member of PSA shall act in accordance with all applicable PSA Ethical Standards and Policy, both written and as obviously intended.
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  • Fees

    Beginning January 1, 2016, the fee for processing each Star Rating, Galaxy Award, or Photographer-Naturalist Award is $12.00.  This policy is not retroactive; that is, fees already submitted with Star Ratings, Galaxy Award, or Photographer-Naturalist Award applications will not be changed. Cash or checks drawn on US banks are acceptable. Credit cards and PayPal can also be used. Contact the Director if using PayPal.

    There is no fee for processing a conversion.

  • Eligibility for a Star

    Applicants must be a member of PSA; however, acceptances received prior to membership are eligible for the First Star Rating requirements. Contact the Director for information regarding acceptances prior to membership. Please see the applications below for the format of a Nature Star Rating application.

    Judging credits: A judge will only be allowed credits for two ND sections no matter how many ND sections of an exhibition they actually judged.

    Basic requirements are:
    1 STAR - at least 18 acceptances with at least 6 titles.
    2 STARS - at least 36 acceptances with at least 12 titles.
    3 STARS - at least 72 acceptances with at least 24 titles.
    4 STARS - at least 144 acceptances with at least 48 titles.
    5 STARS - at least 288 acceptances with at least 96 titles.

    Galaxy/Diamond Ratings
    Acceptances in a division after a 5-star rating can be applied toward the more advanced, Galaxy and Diamond Ratings. There are 10 levels of Galaxy and 10 of Diamond Ratings. See the complete chart of requirements for each level.
  • Application
    » General information regarding Star, Galaxy, and Diamond Awards in the Nature Division: pdf

    » New Procedure for Stars 1-5 in all divisions as of July 1, 2017, Read Standardization of Star Ratings Applications from the August PSA Journal
         Star 1-5 Application Instructions: pdf 
         Star Ratings Application Spreadsheet: Excel

    » Nature - Galaxy and Diamond Application (updated 12-21-2015): PDF (print and mail in) or Excel (electronic application) (email to: nd-galaxy-diamond-naturalist-director@psa-photo.org)

    » Photographer Naturalist Award Application (updated 12-21-2015)PDF

    » Nature - Star Ratings Conversion ProceduresPDF

    » Conversion example working toward the Diamond Star in the ND: doc
    » Conversion example for Galaxy Award in the ND - doc