Photo Travel Division (PTD) Star Ratings Program

PTD Star Ratings Director,
Stars 1-4
✉ Joseph Tam, GMPSA, BPSA, EFIAP/p·
PTD Star Ratings Director
Star 5
✉ Lai Man (Amy) Pang·
PTD Galaxy and Diamond Director
✉ Andrea Meras, PPSA· 

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PTD STAR RATINGS 1-5 APPLICATIONS ON HOLD – 1 February to 28 February 2018

Due to family commitments for both Joseph Tam (Stars 1-4) and Amy Pang (Star 5), they will not be able to process PTD Stars applications during the above period.  Please do not email your applications during this time.  Send your applications to the appropriate Star Ratings Director after 28 February and they will be reviewed as soon as possible.

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  • Fees

    » 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.

  • Eligibility for a Star, Galaxy or Diamond

    » Applicants must be a member of PSA; however, acceptances received prior to membership are eligible for the First Star Rating requirements. Contact the Director for information regarding acceptances prior to membership. Please see the applications below for how to properly format the application.

    Judging credits: Judges will only be allowed credits for two of this division's sections no matter how many 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.

  • Application
    (Note PIDC stands for PID Color, and PIDM stands for PID Monochrome)

    » 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

    » Galaxy and Diamond applications in all Divisions use the application processes described in these documents:
    Galaxy-Diamond Applications Instructions: pdf
    Galaxy-Diamond Application Spreadsheet: Excel
    Guidelines for using the Galaxy-DIamond Application Spreadsheet: pdf