3DD Star Ratings Program

3D Star Ratings

Gene Mitofsky, APSA, PPSA



The 3D Star Ratings Program was inaugurated to provide recognition based solely and exclusively on photographic ability. Star Ratings are earned by PSA members on the basis of acceptances received in PSA-recognized 3D Division exhibitions through exhibiting or judging. For additional information or help with applications for 3D Star Ratings, please contact the Director.

Eligibility for a Star

Acceptances used for any star beyond the first star must be earned during the time you are a PSA member. A copy of the member's PSA membership card should be sent with the Star Rating application.

PSA-recognized exhibitions are listed in the Exhibition Section of each issue of the PSA Journal under the column headed 3D.

Judging credits: A judge will only be allowed credits for two 3D sections no matter how many 3D sections of an exhibition they actually judged. Prior to May 1, 2001, 3 credits are allowed per section. After May 1, 2001, 3 acceptances per section if no more than 3 members on the panel; 2 acceptances if 4 or 5 on panel; 1 acceptance if 6-10 on panel. Acceptances are not allowed if more than 10 on judging panel. Judging credits cannot exceed 10% of the acceptance credits, or 25, whichever is lower.

» New Procedure for Stars 1-5 in all divisions as of July 1, 2017: linked pdf will appear here soon

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.
6 STARS - at least 488 acceptances with at least 120 titles

Master Awards
After achieving the 6 Star Rating, 75 acceptances from 25 different and new 3D images are required for each master level. Images/titles used for previous stars or master levels cannot be reused.

Each member qualifying for a 3D Star Rating will receive:
  • certificate suitable for framing
  • listing in the PSA Journal


Beginning January 1, 2016, the fee for processing each Star Rating is $12.00. This policy is not retroactive; that is, fees already submitted with Star Ratings applications will not be changed. You can pay by Paypal or checks drawn on US banks made out to PSA. Do not send any money with your application. After your acceptances are verified you will be contacted by email with payment options and instructions.


» New Procedure for Stars 1-5 in all divisions as of July 1, 2017: linked pdf will appear here soon

3D Star Rating Application Information