Photographic Achievement

Portfolio Distinctions

Director, Portfolio Distinctions


PSA Portfolios Recipients
  Portfolio distinctions are given for a body of work, that reflects a photographer's personal style and photographic interest. All applications are made online. 

CLOSING DATE: 15 May 2017
SUBMISSION DATES: 15 March and 15 May 2017, limit of 100 applications per assessment
RESULT DATE: 30 June 2017

See the portfolios that earned PSA Portfolio Distinctions

The Process
Members must complete the online Portfolio application for all applications and must upload all images, be they digital or print applications. Online applications only.  Email the director for details on where to mail Print Portfolios (will be a U.S. address). 3D applications are not possible for this assessment session. Logistics are currently under discussion for the most beneficial display and assessment process. Details will be posted here as soon as they become available.

Members may apply for either a BPSA (first level), or a SPSA (second level). Only after achieving the SPSA may they apply for the GPSA (third level). PSA members can use these acronyms after their names when their applications are approved.


Each Portfolio consists of:

  • A title - maximum 5 words
  • A Statement of Intent - maximum 75 words
  • An Overview Image - showing the sequence in which the images are to be viewed.  Must be 1400px on horizontal axis.
  • 10/15 or 20 images depending on whether the application is made for BPSA/SPSA or GPSA

Model Release for Portraits Required

The entrant to this PSA activity must forward a signed Model Release to the portfolios chair with his/her entry for every portrait image, including all the recognizable likenesses of a human face, which were not taken in a public location. The entrant and model agree to hold PSA harmless against all claims and liabilities arising out of PSA’s publication, display, or other use of any portrait image submitted to PSA. Award images will be posted on the PSAweb site and selected images may be published in the PSA Journal/Division Newsletters.

For those who do not have a Model Release, a sample Model Release Form is linked here.

Entry and Fees

Entry is a two-step process. The following two steps are linked to the appropriate webpage:

  1. » Pay entry fees via PayPal  (no PayPal account required), save receipt from PayPal. BPSA: $90, SPSA: $140, GPSA: $200
    Payment, via PayPal, must be made BEFORE you start the online application, since proof of payment must be attached to the online application
  2. » Submit online application - Pre-registration is necessary on this site, select the option for PSA Portfolio Distinctions - this option will only be visible two months prior to the closing date.
    » Instructions on how to use the online application

Key Resources (additional resources may be seen from drop-down menu, below - select topic to reveal or hide its contents.)

» PSA Portfolio Distinctions Guidelines - March 2017 (doc) - brief guidelines

» Overview Image and Statement of Intent - Brief Guidelines - Feb 2017 (doc)
Please consult this very important document with all the information you need to apply. It includes FAQ's.

» Instructions on how to use the online application full details on how to submit your application online.

» Instructions on how to submit prints (updated March 2017) - Please consult this very important document to find out all the requirements for submitting prints.

More Resources

I encourage everyone to challenge yourself to the portfolio project for several reasons: it forces you to consider what your best work is; it helps you to confirm your identity as a photographer and to articulate it in words and images; it challenges you to consider your work not just as individual images, but as a true body of work; it helps you to become better at critiquing your work – its strengths and weaknesses – and improving it. And, ultimately, it’s fun!" Marie Rakoczy BPSA