Photo Travel Division (PTD) Star Ratings Program

PTD Star Ratings
Stars 1-4
✉ Joseph Tam,
PTD Star Ratings
Star 5
✉ Amy Pang Lai Man
PTD Galaxy and
Diamond Director

✉ Andrea Meras 

Apply for Awards

Applications for Stars 1-5 may be mailed or emailed. Galaxy/Diamond applications may be made by email only using the application form provided. Postal applications will not be accepted.Information is available on the applications, below. Please note that these instructions were amended in January 2017, so please check BEFORE submitting an application:

» Star applications in all Divisions now use the application processes described in these documents:

  • Star 1-5 Application Instructions: pdf 
  • Star Ratings Application Spreadsheet: Excel
  • Guidelines for Using the Star Application spreadsheet: pdf

» PTD - Application for Galaxy or Diamond Award - Excel File | Instructions: pdf

Basic Requirements

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.

Applications for 1-4 star may be amalgamated. Application for 5 star may not be made until after 4 star has been awarded.

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.

PSA members who have a 5 Star rating in the Photo Travel Division are eligible to apply for a Galaxy Award. No application for Galaxy Awards may be made until 5 Star award has been made. No more than two Galaxy Awards may be made at the same time.

PSA members who have earned a Galaxy 10 Rating in the Photo Travel Division are eligible to apply for a Diamond Award.  No more than one Diamond Award may be made at the same time


The fee for processing each Star Rating, Galaxy Award or Diamond Award is $12.00.

Payment is via PayPal only. Click on the links above and check the instructions for details.