Director, PSA Portfolio Distinction Program✉ Ken Carlson, GPSA·
To earn a Portfolio Distinction, a photographer produces a body of work that reflects his/her personal styles and photographic interest and submits it for review. A photographer may earn three levels of Portfolio Distinctions, each requiring a higher degree of both creative talent and number of submitted images.
|IMPORTANT UPDATES AND NEWS:
Congratulations to our latest Portfolio Distinction recipients.
2022 ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE
|Assessment Date||Open for Submissions||
|Late January 2022||October 1, 2021||December 16, 2021||Early March 2022|
|Late June 2022||March 15, 2022||May 15, 2022||Early August 2022|
|Late October 2022||July 1, 2022||September 1, 2022||Early December 2022|
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|Level||Must Include||# images in Portfolio||Other requirements|
|BPSA - Bronze||Title, Statement of Intent, Overview Image, and Images||10||PSA Individual Membership for next six months|
|SPSA - Silver||Title, Statement of Intent, Overview Image, and Images||15||BPSA + PSA Individual Membership for next six months|
|GPSA - Gold||Title, Statement of Intent, Overview Image, and Images||20||BPSA, SPSA + PSA Individual Membership for next six months|
PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING APPLICATION:
By virtue of submitting a portfolio, the candidate certifies the work as his/her own and permits PSA to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to the PSA Portfolio Distinctions Program. This may include (1) inclusion in an audio-visual program of successful portfolios to be shown at a PSA Conference; (2) hanging of successful print portfolios in the Photo Gallery at a PSA Conference; (3) including low resolution posting of successful portfolios in the Portfolios Galleries on the PSA website; and (4) using the portfolio in training for potential assessors and future Portfolio Distinction Candidates. The PSA Print Collection Committee occasionally will request of the candidate a Committee review of a print portfolio for possible inclusion in the Print Collection. If approved, an additional permission/license would be requested of the candidate.
Entry may be made only during the dates listed in "Important Updates and News" (above). Entry is a two-step process requiring two different linked webpages:
The Portfolio Assessment is designed to be an educational process, not a competition, and is conducted by a panel of five rotating Assessors, led by a non-voting coordinator. Portfolios are assessed anonymously.
Each Assessment begins with the viewing of the Overview Image while the Title and Statement of Intent are read. The individual images are then viewed one at a time. There is no discussion at this time as the Assessors are individually considering what they are seeing and have heard.
The process is then repeated, and the Assessors begin by determining whether the overview image presented is cohesive and reflects the Title and Statement of Intent. Assessment is done by individual scoring “in” or “out,” followed by discussion, if needed, and an agreement regarding comments to be sent to the Portfolio’s marker.
Each image is then assessed individually, once again by individual scoring and by discussion, to assess the technical quality and fit within the Portfolio.
A minimum of three Assessors (the majority) must score an "in" for success. The Overview Image as well as all the individual images must all achieve 60% or higher for the portfolio to succeed.
An email will be sent to each successful applicant approximately one and a half months after the Assessment advising them of their results. Certificates and pins will be mailed to the successful applicants after the email has been sent.
Successful Portfolio Overview Images with the portfolio Title, Statement of Intent, and the maker’s name will be posted on the PSA website. Those members with more than one successful portfolio will be listed on the PSA web site under their most recent portfolio (i.e., Bronze, Silver, or Gold); however, their additional Portfolio Overview Images will be linked below their latest. Portfolios and/or Overview Images may also be included in training programs and may be showcased at the next PSA Festival.
Applicants who were not successful will be sent brief comments regarding the unsuccessful portfolio. It is recommended that unsuccessful Bronze Portfolio applicants sign up for the free PSA Education Online Course, “Creating a PSA Portfolio,” found under the link for Education.
Resubmits: For those with up to Four Failed Images
Any applicant whose portfolio has up to four failed images (including the Overview Image) is entitled to a resubmit of that portfolio. Applicants will be contacted soon after the Assessment and asked to rework their Overview Image, Statement of Intent, and/or supply additional images for a re-Assessment, if they wish to resubmit.
The resubmit fee is $40, regardless of the Bronze, Silver, or Gold level or the number of resubmitted images. These applicants are to resubmit the same portfolio replacing the failed image(s) and providing a new Overview Image by the date given to them. Usually, that will be within 30 to 35 days after the email regarding their opportunity to resubmit.
Resubmittal instructions will be provided in the email. It is not necessary for the replacement images to be in the same position on the new Overview Image as in the original Overview Image; however, since the Overview Image needs to be balanced and cohesive and changing some images will throw off previous cohesiveness, some rearrangement may be necessary. Only the new images and the revised Overview Image need to be submitted.
If this resubmit fails, the applicant may not rework the unsuccessful portfolio (theme/topic) and submit it as a new or reworked portfolio.
For those with five or more failed images or those who failed a resubmit:
Unsuccessful applicants who were not offered a "resubmission" may not rework the unsuccessful portfolio and submit it as a reworked portfolio. The applicant must work on an entirely new portfolio with a new theme/topic if the applicant wishes to apply again.
PSA members can access these webinars for free by logging into the Members Only area of the PSA website and choosing PSA Education > Webinar Recordings.
Portfolio Distinctions Program with Dan Charbonnet, HonPSA, EPSA; May 28, 2020.
Creating a PSA Portfolio with Joanne Stolte, HonPSA, MPSA, EFIAP, ESFIAP; July 9, 2020.
Creating an Overview Image: pdf
Common Portfolio Mistakes, by Dan Charbonnet, HonPSA, EPSA, PSA Journal, January 2019. - pdf
Creating Portfolios for Assessment for Portfolio Distinctions - An Important PSA Educational Program, by Cyril Mazansky, MPSA, PSA Journal, November 2016.
Going for my BPSA, by Greg Duncan, EPSA, BPSA, EFIAP/b, PSA Journal, December 2016.
Portfolio Review - Success for Janet Haines, GPSA, with Visions of Music, by Anne Sutcliffe, PPSA, PSA Journal, October 2018.