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PSA's Photo Travel Division (PTD)

Photo Travel
Division Chair

Brian Magor, APSA, MPSA

I'd like to welcome you to the Photo Travel Division's website. The world is an infinitely fascinating and varied place. Travel photography aims to show us how diverse and colorful it really is. Through its volunteers, the Photo Travel Division (PTD) makes available many resources to build and enhance your skills as a travel photographer. We offer recognition of international competitions, image evaluation services, a photo essay competition, a Photo Travel newsletter, interclub competitions, star and galaxy rating services and specific awards such as our annual Best of Photo Travel competition. Our study groups consist of three to eight members (PSA membership required) who learn from each other and from an experienced study group director (click on the link below to find out more).

PSA Members automatically qualify for membership in the Photo Travel Division by holding a past or present PTD elected office, directing a PTD activity, earning a PTD Star Rating, participating in the Photo Travel Essay Competition or participating in a PTD study group.

The Photo Travel Division is one of PSA's reality-based divisions (the others are Nature and Photojournalism). We seek to portray the world as close to reality as we find it. For that reason, PTD has a PT Definition. The definition provides guidelines for the photographer and for competition judges as to what is permitted and what is not permitted in a PT image. The definition is as follows:

A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.

Please contact me (by clicking my name, above) if you have any questions or would like additional information about PTD. I look forward to hearing from you.~Brian Magor, APSA, MPSA


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