PPD Star Ratings Program

PPD Star Ratings
Director Monochrome

Tom Hady, APSA, MPSA


PPD Star Ratings
Director Color

Stuart Bacon


PSA members who have received acceptances in PSA-recognized Pictorial Print Exhibitions are eligible to apply for PPD Star Ratings. For additional information or help to apply for PPD Star Ratings, please email the Director.

Eligibility for a Star

Applicants  must be a member of PSA; however, some acceptances received prior to membership are eligible for the acceptance requirements. Please contact the Director for information regarding the format of a PPD Star Rating application. 

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.

Galaxy/Diamond Ratings
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.


Beginning January 1, 2016, the fee for processing each Star Rating, Galaxy Award, or Diamond Award is $12.00. This policy is not retroactive; that is, fees already submitted with Star Ratings, Galaxy Award, or Diamond Award applications will not be changed. Cash or checks drawn on US banks are acceptable. Credit cards can no longer be used, but PayPal is now available. If you want to use PayPal, send the application without payment and say you want to use PayPal. When the application has been approved, we will tell you how to pay by PayPal. (If you are paying by cash or check, it’s ok to send it with your application.) 

There is no fee for processing a conversion.


Applications may be emailed or sent via postal mail. Emails and street addresses are included on the applications, below.

» 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

» Converting Stars in the PPD Division - website page 

» PPD - Galaxy Award Application Procedure, Mono or Color: document