Only individual PSA members may apply for Star Ratings and ROPA distinctions.
|To achieve a Recognition of Photographic Achievement (ROPA), a PSA member must complete three general steps:
Star Ratings Program
Images that are "accepted" for inclusion in an exhibition are eligible to be used by PSA members when applying for a PSA Star Rating.
Fees for Star Ratings Change 1 July 2019 – see below.
Changes to the PSA Stars Buy Back Program, as of 1 October 2018 – See Resources below.
Minimum Requirements for Star Ratings Certificates (see below)
For applications received before July 1, 2019, the fee for processing each Star Rating is $12.
Fee change beginning July 1, 2019
For applications received on or after July 1, 2019, the fee for processing each Star Rating is $15.
All Star Ratings certificates will be sent digitally only.
PSA Star Ratings Guidelines
» 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
Recognition of Photographic Achievement (ROPA)
Minimum Requirements for ROPA Distinctions (see below)
For applications received on or after January 1, 2019, there is a $50 processing fee for each ROPA application, to be paid after the application is approved.
For QPSA, PPSA and EPSA applications, a paper copy Certificate will be issued. For all other applications, the member may choose to receive a paper copy Certificate OR a plaque at the following fees (which includes the application fee):
PSA Journal and Website ListingThe ROPA Distinctions that are approved each quarter are listed in the PSA Journal in March, June, September, and December and on the PSA website in January, April, July, and October.
ROPA Photo Galleries
The following are basic Guidelines, more detailed Guidelines are contained in the downloadable Instructions above.
The Stars Buy Back and Bridging Buy Back systems are the processes by which members may use acceptances gained prior to joining PSA (or gained during a gap in membership) when they apply for Star, Galaxy or Diamond ratings.
For more information: Download PSA Stars Buy Back Rules pdf.
How to Pay for Buy Back Fees:
To pay Buy Back fees (for acceptances gained prior to joining PSA), go to: www.psa-photo.org/index.php?new-member-stars-buy-back
To pay Bridging Buy Back fees (to pay for gaps in membership), go to: www.psa-photo.org/index.php?bridging-buy-back
Contact PSA's Membership Coordinator (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
The Recognition of Photographic Achievement (ROPA) Awards of Distinction program was established in February 1997, for the purpose of recognizing Individual PSA member achievements in PSA-recognized international exhibitions. After receiving acceptances in international exhibitions, individual PSA members in good standing may apply for the various levels of ROPA distinctions. A scan of the latest qualifying certificate(s) from the PSA Division Star/Galaxy Directors (SRDs) granting Star or Galaxy ratings must accompany each application. (Only the highest-level certificate is required.)
There are six levels of distinction awards – Qualified (QPSA), Proficiency (PPSA), Excellence (EPSA), Master (MPSA), Master 2 (MPSA2) and Grand Master (GMPSA). The GMPSA distinction has five sub-levels. The number of acceptances required for each level is outlined in the link (below) for Minimum Acceptance Requirements for Star Ratings Certificates and ROPA Distinctions. In order to qualify for the ROPA distinctions, you will need proof of acceptances in the form of Star Ratings Certificates from one or multiple PSA divisions.
PSA Membership Required: All exhibitors applying for ROPA distinctions must be Individual PSA members in good standing. It is important that a recipient’s membership does not expire before the annual PSA Conference in September or October of each year.
Photo: An electronic head-and-shoulder color photo image with a blank background (no hats or props included) is required. The image should have a vertical dimension of 1050 pixels at 300 dpi. The photo will be used for publication on the ROPA page of the PSA website.
Fees: There is a $50 USD processing fee for each ROPA application, to be paid after the application is approved. For QPSA, PPSA and EPSA applications, a Certificate will be issued at no extra charge. For all other applications, the member may choose to receive a Certificate at no extra charge OR a plaque at the following fees (which include the $40 application fee): MPSA, MPSA2 – $75; GMPSA – $100; GMPSA/B – $110; GMPSA/S – $120; GMPSA/G – $130; and GMPSA/P – $140.
Application Deadline: There is no deadline for submitting an application for a ROPA distinction. Applications are processed throughout the year. ROPA award certificates or plaques are now prepared and distributed on a quarterly basis, and in the month following each quarter, the awards are sent from PSA Headquarters. For those recipients who indicate that they will attend the PSA Conference, the ROPA award is presented at the Conference, unless the recipient chooses to have his award sent after the quarter in which it is approved.
Information on ROPA Recipients: Exhibitors are able to use their new distinction “letters” as soon as the recipient receives the distinction approval letter from the ROPA director. A list of all recent recipients of ROPA distinctions is published quarterly in the PSA Journal in March, June, September, and December of each year. In addition, photos of recent recipients are published quarterly on the PSA Website. Also, ROPA distinctions are updated on the PSA membership data base in three to five working days following approval of each distinction. All ROPA recipients are also encouraged to submit 3 to 6 images of their work and a brief biography for display on the ROPA Galleries pages of the PSA Website.
Submission of the Application:
Applications for ROPA distinctions can be submitted1. online on the PSA website OR
2. by downloading the application form from the PSA Website and emailing the completed form along with the required photo and the supporting star/galaxy/diamond certificates to
ROPA Director Contact Information:
Gerald H. Emmerich, Jr., HonFPSA, GMPSA/B·
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