PSA Lifetime Achievement Award

The PSA Lifetime Achievement Award, created in 2012, is presented each year to a photographer in recognition of his or her lifetime photographic achievements. The recipient must be a member of the Society. The award is presented at the PSA Conference.
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Recipients of PSA's Lifetime Achievement Award

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  • 2017 - Gerald H. Emmerich, Jr., HonPSA, GMPSA/B

    The Photographic Society of America established the PSA Lifetime Achievement Award as one of the Society’s most prestigious awards in 2012. It is given annually to a long-time member of PSA who has made significant contributions to photography and to the Society. The Society is proud to present the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Gerald H. Emmerich, Jr., HonPSA, GMPSA/B, a member for almost four decades. Gerry has been an active photographer since the early 1970s and has over 7,600 acceptances, including over 250 Medals and 41 PSA Best of Show Gold Medals in PSA-recognized International Exhibitions. Over 600 of his photos have been published in books, magazines, calendars, and newsletters. He is also a frequent photographic program presenter and a frequent judge of photographic exhibitions. He has generously shared his knowledge of photography through lectures and hands-on instructions to groups from beginning amateurs to seasoned photographers wishing to acquire new skills to advance their work. 

    Gerry has held many organizational and administrative positions in the Photographic Society of America and other photographic organizations over the years. He served the Society as Conference V.P. for 6 years and as Secretary of the Society and Executive Committee member for 4 years. This year, he served as the 2017 PSA Conference Chairman. He is currently the Co-Chair of Recognition of Photographic Achievement Awards, Co-Director of the Pictorial Print Division’s Print of the Year Competition, a PSA Portfolios Assessor, and International Understanding Through Photograph Committee member. He is also the Judging Supervisor and Coordinator of the PSA Youth Showcase, a position he has held since the inception of the “modern” PSA Youth Showcase program, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. 

    In his home state of Wisconsin, he was one of the founding members of the Wisconsin PSA Chapter and he continues to serve as a Director and as Chapter Historian. He is active in the Image Makers Camera Club and the Wisconsin Area Camera Clubs Organization. He founded the East Troy Viewfinders Camera Club in 2001 and is the current President. 

  • 2016 - Jozef Aerts, HonPSA, GMPSA/S

    Jozef Aerts, HonPSA, GMPSA/s, MFIAP was honored with PSA’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Honors and Awards Banquet in San Antonio, Texas on September 17th, 2016. It is one of the two highest awards given by PSA to members only. 

    Jozef Aerts has been a member of PSA for 41 years, joining in June 1975. He is well known for his travel photography, but he is also a versatile photographer with an outstanding exhibition record in Color Slides, Photo Travel, Photojournalism, Nature, Color Projected Images, Color Prints, Monochrome Projected Images, and Monochrome Prints. He has earned many PSA Medals, Honorable Mentions, and approximately 9000 acceptances in PSA-recognized International Exhibitions in more than 50 countries. His “Who’s Who in PSA” record is also outstanding, with a first place in Photo Travel in 1983 and 1987. Since 1981, he has placed high in Who’s Who rankings in Photo Travel and also has a good record in Photojournalism, Nature, and Color Slides. He is not only an excellent photographer, but he is also an excellent judge. He has judged many Internationals, both in his native Belgium and seven other countries, including the United States. In addition to HonPSA, GMPSA/s, and MFIAP, Jozef also holds the EFIAP/pl award. 

    Jozef serves as PSA’s International Representative for Belgium and as Area Membership Director for Western Europe. In 2010, PSA recognized his efforts in recruiting new members with the PSA Fallon Membership Award. Since 1985, Jozef has recruited more than 300 new members for PSA, earning him the Diamond Star Membership Award in 2016. 

  • 2015 - Wade Clutton, HonPSA, EPSA

    After receiving a Master’s degree at the University of Tennessee in 1961, Wade moved to St. Louis to join the Missouri Pacific Railroad which later merged with the Union Pacific Railroad. He worked in a variety of roles including design, implementation, and user education of sophisticated computer systems.

    He joined the St. Louis Camera Club in 1970 and became active in the club holding almost every position including Mississippi Valley Chair, Newsletter Editor, Yearbook Editor, and President. He designed and set up the Club’s website and was Webmaster until 2013. He loved the club and was always helpful to anyone who had questions.

    He joined PSA in March 1971 and made many friends worldwide throughout the years while serving in a myriad of positions. Over the years, he received many prestigious PSA awards. He was particularly interested in technology and was always in the forefront when introducing new technology or streamlining systems for use by the membership. PSA exhibitions entered the digital age because of Wade’s efforts- he designed digital entries, payments and on-line catalogs and reports.

    Wade was a terrific photographer and earned over 250 competition points in St. Louis competitions. He was particularly interested in photo essays. In PSA he earned many “stars” and earned the Excellent Photographer ranking. His knowledge and skills were widely recognized and as a result, he was asked to judge photo competitions hundreds of times across the country and in many foreign countries. Additionally, he was a prolific writer and speaker and presented many programs at conferences, seminars and clubs.

    Wade was to have received the PSA Lifetime Achievement Award at the PSA conference in Yellowstone in September but unfortunately he passed away in March of 2015. Wade was notified of the award earlier this year and was very proud to be chosen for this award.

  • 2014 - Fred Greene, HonPSA, MPSA

    The Photographic Society of America’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Fred Greene, HonPSA, GMPSA, at the Honors and Awards Banquet of the Society on October 3, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    Fred Greene joined PSA in November 1978 and soon became well-known as a very skilled darkroom printer in both monochrome and color. His portraits, done in his home studio with models who were not professional, have won him many awards. Fred is a very versatile photographer with an outstanding exhibition record in Color Slides, Nature, Photojournalism, Photo Travel and Electronic Imaging, as well as in Pictorial Prints. In the 2002 PSA International, Fred was awarded three PSA Gold Medals; one each in Class A Color Creative Prints, Class A Monochrome Creative Prints, and Electronic Imaging General Monochrome. Blue Rider, the winner in the Pictorial Print, Class A Color Creative Section, was selected as the cover of the November 2002 PSA Journal, one of his three Journal covers. Fred has earned 114 PSA Best of Show Gold Medals and approximately 7,000 acceptances in International Exhibitions. His Who’s Who in PSA record is outstanding: first place in the world 15 times with prints and 27 times in North America with slides and projected images.

    Fred has served PSA as Exhibition Standards Chairman, European Affairs Committee Chair, Executive Vice President, and President of PSA.

  • 2013 - Dr. Albert L. Sieg, HonFPSA, MPSA

    PSA’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Albert L. Sieg, Hon FPSA, MPSA, at the Honors and Awards Banquet of the 75th Annual PSA Conference in Portland, Maine on September 21, 2013.

    The award, first given in 2012, is the highest award that is given to a member of the Society. Al has been active as a photographer and especially as a stereo photographer for more than 50 years. His stereograms have been accepted in all major exhibitions and currently he is the world's leading exhibitor in stereo photography. He has had more than 2,000 pictures accepted for exhibition and is recognized by the 3D Division of PSA as having the highest rank of Master Stereographer 22. During this time his stereograms have been consistently recognized with the top awards in exhibitions, winning more than 400 awards. His stereograms have won the Stereo slide of the Year Award numerous times, and he has been the winner of the Stereo Sequence Award several times. His photographs have been published in several journals and in publications of the Eastman® Kodak® Company.

  • 2012 - Master Kan Hing-Fook, APSA

    The Photographic Society of America (PSA) presented Kan Hing-fook, APSA, with the Lifetime Achievement Award at PSA’s 74th Annual Conference of Photography in San Francisco, California in September 2012.

    The PSA Board of Directors established the award in 2012 and selected Cornerstone Member Kan Hing-fook, APSA, as the first recipient of PSA’s most prestigious award given only to a PSA member. His books include Photographic Works: Kan Hing-fook (three editions) and The Art of Kan Hing-fook. He has had many major exhibitions of his prints in Hong Kong, Macau, China, Great Britain, and the U.S. The August 2012 issue of the PSA Journal carried an article covering more of his accomplishments.