PJD Star Ratings Program
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. PLEASE NOTE:
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» 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.
» 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 (updated July 2019)
Guidelines for Using the Star Application spreadsheet: 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
||Phillip Kwan, GMPSA/P, GPSA
||Randy Carr, APSA, MPSA2
||Gerald H. Emmerich, Jr., HonPSA, GMPSA/B
||Wolfgang Kaeding, GMPSA
||Robert Bullock, APSA, PPSA
||Luc DeQuick, EPSA
||Guy B. Samoyault, APSA, EPSA
||Lynn Troy Maniscalco, FPSA, EPSA
||Jean Claude Bacle, EPSA
||Gerardus Van Mol, EPSA
||Keith Vaughan, FPSA, EPSA
Traditionally PJD had four photojournalist levels above five stars (PJ I, II, III, and IV) requiring 25 new titles three times each, and then Master Photojournalist levels requiring 100 more new titles three times each. After PSA revised the star system and replaced all of the Photojournalist levels with galaxies, PJ exhibitors were offered the opportunity to convert, but they were reluctant to eliminate the MPJ designation. (With relatively few recognized PJ exhibitions then, those usually with a single projected section, a few with print sections, it took about two decades of full participation for an exhibitor to achieve that level.) Since the total number of acceptances needed for Master Photojournalist was almost the same as for eight galaxies, the division was authorized to retain the MPJ award to confer on all PJ exhibitors reaching the eighth galaxy. A commemorative plaque is presented to each new MPJ, preferably at the next conference. There is no fee.