PJD Star Ratings Program

PJD Star Ratings


 ‚úČ Craig Parker, MPSA, GMAPS, EFIAP/b

      PSA members who have received acceptances in PSA-recognized Photojournalism Exhibitions may be eligible to apply for PJD Star Ratings. For additional information or help to apply for PJD Star Ratings, please email the Director. 

Eligibility for a Star

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

Judging credits: A judge will only be allowed credits for two PJD sections no matter how many PJD sections of an exhibition they actually judged.

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.


The fee for processing each Star Rating, Galaxy Award or Diamond Award is $12.00. Payment is via PayPal only. A link will be sent once application is approved.

There is no fee for processing a conversion.


The documents below are in process of being updated to reflect change in PJD Star Ratings Director. Please contact the Director by email (above) prior to preparing an application. Applications can now be made by email (preferred) or mail if necessary.

» 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

» PJD - Application for Galaxy and Diamond (updated 5-22-2017): Excel | Instructions: pdf
» PJD Conversions Procedures: pdf

Master Photojournalist 

As of August, 2012, 8 or more Galaxies are required to receive this designation.

Previous Recipients of the PJD Master Photojournalist designation

Feb 2007 Robert Bullock, APSA, PPSA USA
Oct 2004 Luc DeQuick, EPSA Belgium
Nov 2003 Guy B. Samoyault, APSA, EPSA France
July 2003 Lynn Troy Maniscalco, FPSA, EPSA USA
April 2003 Jean Claude Bacle, EPSA France
Nov 2001 Gerardus Van Mol, EPSA Netherlands
July 2001 Keith Vaughan, FPSA, EPSA Canada