PPD Print of the Month

Print of the Month

✉ Robin Voorhees·


For 2021-22 this monthly print competition will be run quarterly. It is open to all PSA members. The POM offers an opportunity for members to have their prints critiqued by a qualified print judge as well as to evaluate their skills alongside other photographers of similar ability. Regular participation in the POM provides members with valuable information regarding what judges look for in prints and on how they can improve their photography. Our hope is to return to monthly or bi-monthly for 2022-23.



The Print of the Month is published in the PSA Journal and linked from the following list: (rollover and click to select)

Note: results from previous years linked from bottom of this page.



Deadline: 15th of July, Oct, Jan, April

One monochrome and one-color prints are eligible each quarter, with separate groups for the experienced (STAR) and novice photographer. The POM is both instructive and fun. The subject matter is unrestricted, and the technique is of the maker’s choosing.

Each quarter’s judge is an experienced photographer and printmaker. Judges provide written comments for each print, pointing out good features, as well as areas where improvements could be made. With these helpful comments, entrants can improve their picture-taking eye and printing abilities. The contest year runs from July through June; however, members may join this activity and enter at any time during the year.

Four Groups

Monochrome Print (MP) and Color Print (CP): For beginning or less experienced print makers. 

Star Monochrome (SM) and Star Color (SC): For advanced print makers, commercial photographers, and those with PPD star ratings.

The First and Second place winners in the four groups receive certificates and these winning prints are displayed in the POM Gallery on the PSA web site. The Print of the Month/Quarter is sent to the PSA Journal for publication.

POM Guidelines   

  • The Closing Date is the 15th of July, Oct, Jan, April. Prints received after that date will be held and entered in the next contest.
  • Entrants may enter up to two prints each month, one in a monochrome (B&W) group and one in a color group.
  • The print may be either self-made or made by a commercial laboratory.
  • Prints must be unmounted and no larger than 8 1/2 x 12 inches (216 x 300mm).
  • The following information must be included on the back of each print: Image title, photographer's name, E mail address, month to be entered, and group (beginning or experienced).
  • No print receiving a Second Place or higher in any group may be entered again into the POM. This includes new prints from the winning digital file or negative - or from another digital file or negative - that result in a print that is identical, or nearly identical, to the winning print. A print that has not received a Second Place or higher award is eligible for resubmission at any time for a different judge's opinion.

Conditions of Entry

Participation in POM implies agreement with the following: Prints submitted to POM may be published in the PSA Journal, included in the POM Gallery on the PSA web site, displayed at the PSA Annual Conference, and used in connection with other POM-sponsored contests.

DATA PROTECTION: By uploading an image (s) to this study group, you are explicitly consenting to the personal details you have supplied, including email addresses, being held, processed and used by the PSA study group organizers for purposes associated with this PSA activity. You also explicitly consent to such information being sent to other PSA study group members. You acknowledge and accept that submitting image(s) to this study group, means that the status and results of your participation may be made public.

Model Release May be Requested if winning image is a portrait and PSA wishes to publish it

If there is no Model Release available, the image may win but cannot be published. For those who do not have a Model Release, Sample Model Release Form - doc - interactive pdf - both of these forms can be filled out and saved on a mobile or desktop device. 

Application Form

Complete one of the application forms below and send it to the POM director along with the first month's entry. 

» Pictorial Print Division Print of the Month (POM) Application - US - doc (updated September 2021)
» Pictorial Print Division Print of the Month (POM) Application - Intl - doc

Mailing Instructions

  • Please package prints in an envelope labeled "DO NOT BEND" and send to the POM director. This address will be emailed to you when your application is received.
  • Please do not put the prints in sleeves or insert paper between prints.
  • Entrants may send more than one quarter’s prints in the same package but be sure to indicate on each print the quarter entered. Prints will not be returned.

Points Awarded

For 2021-22 there will only be 4 quarterly competitions. Points will be awarded as follows: 2 points for first, 1 point for second, 3 points for POM. Total Points are complied during the year and PPD medals are awarded to the highest scoring entrant in each group.