Director, Portfolio DistinctionsJill Sneesby, APSA, MFIAP, ESFIAP
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. Two assesments per year. Limit of 100 applications per assessment. Early registration and fee payment suggested.
CLOSING DATE: 15 May 2017
SUBMISSION DATES: 15 March - 15 May 2017
RESULT DATE: 30 June 2017
Each Portfolio consists of:
Model Release for Portraits Required
The entrant to this PSA activity must upload a signed Model Release 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:
» 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 submit prints - Please consult this very important document to find out all the requirements for submitting prints.
» Instructions on how to use the online application - full details on how to submit your application online.
» PSA Portfolio Distinctions Guidelines - Feb 2017 (doc) - brief guidelines
Online Courses - PSA has developed two very helpful courses to instruct you on how to create a portfolio for assessment: "A Portfolio Experience" (takes you through the process of creating a portfolio); and "Creating Portfolios for Assessment," a more advanced course geared toward receiving a portfolio distinction from PSA.
The PSA Portfolio Project: A New Challenge by Marie Rakoczy, BPSA - Marie leads you through her experience in successfully applying for her BPSA. This article offers excellent advice. "It was an exciting moment when I heard of the portfolio acceptance - it gave me a sense of accomplishment and affirmation. But it wasn’t just the end result that was satisfying: the experience of creating the portfolio entry and the learning processes that it involved were their own reward."
Going for my BPSA, by Greg Duncan, EPSA, BPSA, EFIAP/b, PSA Journal, December 2016
The First PSA Portfolio Assessment, by Joanne Stolte, FPSA, MPSA, EFIAP, PSA Journal, August 2016