PJD Photo Story Competition

PJD Photo Story 
Competition Director

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Opening date for entries: June 1
Competition Deadline: September 1
Awards will be announced and presented at the PSA Conference, or mailed afterward to anyone not there. 

The Photo Story Competition provides an opportunity for PSA members to develop or explore one theme or subject in a deeper, more comprehensive manner by using a series of digital images or a layout of prints.

NOTE: As an option to mailing, Digital Photo Stories and Multi-Media Photo Stories may be emailed to

Results (published after the PSA Conference)

Please note - no competition was held in 2016.

Eligibility & Rules

  • A Digital Photo Story presents a series of images (maximum of 20), with optional text to communicate or tell a single story. No special effects are allowed. The script shall indicate the image number to which each sentence is tied and shall be mailed with the CD. 
  • A Multi-Media Photo Story may include music and/or narration and any number of images, but may not be longer than five (5) minutes. The maker's name must not appear within, but should be labeled on the submitted disc. (All music  must be royalty free. Log in and see Royalty Free Music in Members Only area for suggested sources.) It is judged primarily for story line as well as presentation, enhanced by layout, the size and prominence of key images, the juxtaposition of close-ups and long shots and of verticals and horizontals, the use of space, and the overall composition. 
  • As an option to mailing, Digital Photo Stories and Multi-Media Photo Stories may be emailed to pjd-photo-story@psa-photo.org
  • A Print Photo Story may include a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of eight (8) individual prints, mounted on a board no larger that 16x20 inches. Captions and text, not to exceed 200 words, may be provided to enhance the story line and need not necessarily be tied to an individual image. It is judged on the overall impact of the total presentation
  • A Photo Book shows a series of images, with text interspersed.  Maximum of 25 pages. It is judged on the story line and overall impact of the total presentation.
  • The name and contact information of the entrant must be submitted with the entry but may not appear on the judged part of the entry.  Entries must be mailed in time to reach the director before the deadline of Sept 1, 2018.  
  • Each entrant may enter up to two (2) stories in each of the four (4) sections. No photo story may be entered that has won an award in a previous PJ Photo Story Competition. A photo story may not be entered more than twice in the same format. A specific essay or travelette may be submitted to only one PSA division each year. The same essay or travelette may be submitted to another division's essay competition in another year.


  • A gold medal is presented to the best Photo Story and a silver medal is awarded in each section, one for the runner-up in the section from which the gold came and silver medals for the best entry in each of the other sections. HM ribbons are presented based on the number of entries and the discretion of the judges.
  • All Award winning stories will receive four acceptance credits and two title credits for stars 1-5, including Honorable Mentions in Photojournalism.
  • Acceptance credits and title credits can be used towards Photojournalism Galaxy levels 1-10 as one title accepted three times, subject to galaxy rules.
  • Acceptance and title credits are not eligible for Diamond Levels in Photojournalism.
  • PSA Who's Who credit is not earned with acceptances from the Photo Story Competition

Entry Form

Complete and submit one online Entry Form for each entry and/or mail a sheet including that information with your entry.  Send story boards, books, CD and/or DVD entries to the Director: Norma Warden, 100 Vickery Road, Auburn, ME 04210. All entries from one member should be mailed together in one package, in plenty of time to arrive before the deadline. 

» PJD - Photo Story competition Entry form - due September 1: Interactive Web Page

This competition is open to individual members of PSA. A PSA membership number is required when entering. Complete one entry form for each Photojournalism Photo Story being submitted.