Recognition


PSA Honors

Honors Committee
Chair

Gerald H. Emmerich, Jr., HonFPSA, GMPSA/S·
   

Honors Committee
Vice Chair

✉ Susan C. Mosser, HonPSA, HonNEC·

PSA recognizes individuals who have contributed services to PSA and/or the entire Photographic Community by bestowing honors upon them.

The Honors Committee is composed of eight PSA members who serve four year terms. The President appoints two members each year and the Committee elects the Chair. The Honors Committee reports to the PSA President. Honors Committee members and members of the PSA Board of Directors cannot propose or endorse Candidates for PSA Honors.

Evidence of service is required for PSA honors. This is unlike other societies and organizations that grant recognition based only on photographic proficiency, and this can be confusing to those who have been involved with other photography groups. PSA does grant recognition based on photographic proficiency through its Star Ratings Program and the Portfolio and ROPA distinctions programs. PSA Honors are formally presented each year at the Honors Banquet of the Annual Photo Festival.

PSA Honors Recipients

Archived Honors Recipients (former PSA members, now deceased, requires member login)
PSA Honors Service Award Recipients

Deadline: December 15


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  • Types of PSA Honors

    APSA (Associate) 

    This honor is awarded to PSA members in good standing for excellent service to photographers, within PSA and/or in other photographic organizations such as clubs, councils, federations, national and international societies and other organizations, or to the general photographic community worldwide. 

    A majority vote (5 of 8) of the members of the Honors Committee is required for the Candidate to be approved as an Associate (If seven members, 4 of 7).


    FPSA (Fellow) 

    This honor is awarded to PSA members in good standing for exceptional service to photographers, within PSA and/or in other photographic organizations such as clubs, councils, federations, national and international societies and other organizations, or to the general photographic community worldwide.  Service may include organizational or administrative work, lecturing and presentations, writings and publication of articles, instruction and judging, among other contributions.  Proficiency or photographic achievement, or a work background or education relevant to these services may help explain the value of these services. 

    Given eight Honors Committee members, six affirmative votes are needed for FPSA.  If the Committee has only seven members, five affirmative votes are needed for FPSA.


    HonPSA (Honorary Membership) 

    This honor is awarded to PSA members in good standing for exemplary, long and impactful services to photographers, especially within PSA but may include services in other photographic organizations such as clubs, councils, federations, national and international societies and other organizations, or to the general photographic community worldwide.  Service may include organizational or administrative work, lecturing and presentations, writings and publication of articles, instruction and judging, among other contributions.  A Candidate’s credentials may also include leadership, and/or significant, impactful or critical non-leadership services beyond the levels identified in the FPSA credentials.  Merely a continuation of the same services or roles in a Candidate’s FPSA honor is not necessarily sufficient.  Often a HonPSA Candidate will show independent thinking or leadership in developing a new process for performing existing roles, or in launching a new service or significantly enhancing a service or program that has already existed.  Service on the PSA Board of Directors or a governing body for other organizations is an example of leadership, but not a requirement.  Other examples include handling critical, impactful positions and taking on greater responsibility at higher levels.  Proficiency or photographic achievement, or a work background or education relevant to these services, may help explain the value of these services. 

    Given eight Honors Committee members, seven affirmative votes are required for HonPSA. If the Committee has only seven members, six affirmative votes are required for HonPSA. In all cases where the Honors Committee voting requirements are met, the HonPSA Candidates require majority vote by the PSA Board of Directors.


    HonFPSA (Honorary Fellow) 

    This is the highest of the Honors bestowed by PSA.  It is awarded to PSA members in good standing who have gone far above and beyond the call of duty for many years in their service to PSA.  Significant leadership in PSA and other organizations are important factors, but so is long and distinguished service in other roles.  The credentials for HonFPSA will often show extensive teaching, writing, judging, assessing, and other kinds of important services to other organizations and to photographers. Proficiency or photographic achievement, or a work background or education relevant to these services, may help explain the value of these services.  Typical of Candidates receiving this honor is exemplary and distinguished service over many years, a virtual lifetime of membership in PSA, including service which was considered for the other PSA honors.  The total number of HonFPSA honors is limited to twenty-five living members of the Society at any time.  

    Given eight Honors Committee members, seven affirmative votes are required for HonFPSA.  If the Committee has only seven members, six affirmative votes are needed for HonFPSA.  In all cases where the Honors Committee voting requirements are met, HonFPSA Candidates require majority vote by the PSA Board of Directors. 

  • Honors Proposal Instructions

     

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROPOSERS

    Essential Instructions

    •   Use these instructions and proposal forms to determine if your Candidate is fully qualified.

    •   Weigh carefully the responsibility you are assuming, not only to the Society, but to the Candidate as well.

    •   Note that both PSA and non-PSA photographic service and activities are considered.

    •   Follow these instructions completely with no changes.

    •   Allow only one signature to appear on each form. A couple acting as a proposer or an endorser will result in disqualification of the proposal.

    General Instructions for the Proposer (The Proposer is the coordinator of all documents for the proposal.)

    •   Download the Honors Proposal Forms.

    •   Read all instructions before starting.

    •   Distribute the applicable parts of the Proposal Form to two Endorsers.  Make certain that each Endorser, as well as you as the Proposer, each write a narrative statement about the candidate in the space provided in the respective forms (Form HC-101 for the Proposer and Form HC-102 for the two Endorsers).

    •   Prepare your Proposer statement and the Candidate’s Record. Use the format given on the following pages without altering it. Answer all questions. Use NA for those sections that do not apply. If the Candidate is aware of the proposal, the Proposer is free to share the list of sections with the Candidate and obtain all possible information from the Candidate. Do NOT simply copy a list received from the candidate. As Proposer, the responsibility is yours to make sure the record is in good, organized, and readable order. Remember that the Proposer is the author of the Candidate’s record (not the Candidate).

    •   Make certain you receive the signed narrative statements from the Endorsers in time to include them with the proposal.

    •   Email the completed, signed Proposal Package, including the Honors Proposal Cover Page (HC-101), the Proposer’s Statement (HC-101), the two Endorser’s Statement (HC-102), the summary of information submitted for previous honors (HC-103) (not required for APSA), and the candidate’s record (HC-104) all together in one email package to HQ@PSA-photo.org, with a subject line of “Honors Proposal for (Candidate’s name)," so that it arrives at HQ by December 15.

    •   Signatures by the Proposer and Endorsers can be by formal digital signature or by signing, dating and scanning the signature page to include with the digital package.  Send with the Proposal Package.  Do not send follow-up original signature pages.

    Please carefully follow these instructions, as a failure to do so could cause a delay of presentation to the Honors Committee of up to one year. 

    Special Resources Offer

    If you are proposing or endorsing a candidate for an honor, you should be aware of a significant information resource relating to their direct service to PSA. Laura Davies, HonFPSA, has done extensive work on organizing PSA’s historic records. She is offering to provide the service record for any PSA member on request. Please keep in mind that the information is limited to what Laura was able to obtain from the records she had access to. However, when it comes to getting good dates and position or role titles, the benefit of getting the correct information cannot be overstated. This may be your first stop when it comes to PSA service. However, please be aware that the information that is available may be limited to dates and position titles. If the Candidate is aware of the proposal, you may want to co-ordinate with your Candidate to provide a more detailed description needed for a well-documented proposal.  If the Candidate is not aware of the proposal, you may contact the Candidate’s photo friends or fellow camera club members for detailed information for the Candidate’s record.

    You can reach Laura at historical-research@psa-photo.org.  Additionally, Honors Advisors are available to explain how to format a proposal and review the proposal you have written. See the PSA website Honors homepage dropdown titled “Honors Advisors and Historical Research Committee” for the name and contact information of the Advisors.

    PSA HONORS CRITERIA

    PSA Honors are awarded in recognition of service contributions to the advancement of the art and science of photography within or outside of PSA. Contributions of service are the primary criteria for an Honor. Photographic proficiency and personal photographic achievement do not qualify the Candidate for Honors. Direct service to PSA and its Divisions is valued, but is not required, particularly at the APSA level. Any service that is in support of the PSA Mission is appropriate for consideration if it contributes substantially to the advancement of photography.  The Candidate's photographic proficiency is NO longer a critical factor for Honors consideration and evaluation.

    Associate (APSA)

    •   Associateship is awarded for material contributions to the advancement of photography, resulting primarily from service contributions.

    •   The elements of “service” by the candidate shall be of service related to photography.

    •   The Associate is awarded by a majority vote (five of eight) of the Honors Committee (if seven members on the Honors Committee, four of seven).

    •   A candidate must be a member of the Society for not less than six consecutive years at the time the proposal is submitted.

    Fellow (FPSA)

    •   Fellowship is awarded for outstanding contributions to the advancement of photography involving a high degree of service, such as the dissemination of acquired knowledge through lecturing, judging, instructing, publication of articles, papers, etc.

    •   A six of eight vote of the Honors Committee is required for the Fellow (if seven members on the Honors Committee, five of seven).

    •   In preparing an FPSA proposal, the Proposer shall concentrate on the Candidate's contributions and achievements following election as an Associate, but include a condensed summary of activity, service, and recognition prior to receipt of the APSA in the summary form page (Form HC-103). The summary shall not exceed one page in length. It may be either a brief review under each of the sections of information called for in the Candidate's Record, or a general summary of the most significant aspects of the prior PSA record.  If the Candidate is not aware of the proposal and/or if the Proposer does not have information on the credentials used to support the previous APSA honor, the Proposer should simply report the citation published in the PSA Journal (usually the September, October, or November issue) summarizing the Candidate’s credentials for APSA.  Note that a listing of the year honors were conferred is available under the “PSA Honors Recipients” dropdown on the Honors homepage of the PSA website.

    •   A candidate must be a member of the Society for not less than ten consecutive years at the time the proposal is submitted.

    Honorary Membership (HonPSA)

    •   Honorary Membership is awarded for outstanding service to the Society and to photography (not merely for additional service in the years after being elected a Fellow) through organizational or similar work demonstrating leadership by the candidate. A maximum one-page summary of previous Honors form (Form HC-103) is required.  If the Candidate is not aware of the proposal and/or if the Proposer does not have information on the credentials used to support the previous FPSA honor, the Proposer should simply report the citation published in the PSA Journal (usually the September, October, or November issue) summarizing the Candidate’s credentials for FPSA.  Note that a listing of the year honors were conferred is available under the “PSA Honors Recipients” dropdown on the Honors homepage of the PSA website. 

    •   The candidate will be recommended by a seven-eighths vote of the Honors Committee (if seven members on the Honors Committee, six of seven) to the PSA Board of Directors, where the proposal then requires a majority vote of the Board for approval.

    •   Proficiency in the use of the photographic medium is not a requirement for HonPSA honors.

    •   A candidate must be a member of the Society for not less than fifteen consecutive years at the time the proposal is submitted.

    Honorary Fellow (HonFPSA)

    •   Honorary Fellowship is the highest Honor in the Honors Program.

    •   It is awarded only for unique or outstanding contributions of major importance to photography or exceptional service to PSA and the Photographic Community.  If the Candidate is not aware of the proposal and/or if the Proposer does not have information on the credentials used to support the previous HonPSA honor, the Proposer should simply report the citation published in the PSA Journal (usually the September, October, or November issue) summarizing the Candidate’s credentials for HonPSA.  Note that a listing of the year honors were conferred is available under the “PSA Honors Recipients” dropdown on the Honors homepage of the PSA website.

    •   The approval of seven of the eight members of the Honors Committee (if seven members on the Honors Committee, six of seven) and majority of the PSA Board of Directors is required. The number of living Honorary Fellows is limited to twenty-five (maximum).

    •   A candidate must be member of the Society for not less than fifteen consecutive years at the time the proposal is submitted.

    REQUIREMENTS FOR CANDIDATES

    All Candidates for Honors must be continuous members of PSA in good standing for the number of years required for the Honor for which they are being proposed.

    Associate(APSA)   

    A candidate for Associate (APSA) must have been an active member in good standing for at least six consecutive years immediately prior to the December 15 submission of the proposal. Length of membership is calculated from the closing date for receipt of the proposal.

    Fellow (FPSA)

    The candidate for Fellow (FPSA) must have been a continuous member for a minimum of ten (10) years prior to the date of the Proposal. In addition, the candidate must have held an Associate (APSA) for at least two years from date of award of the APSA before being eligible to be proposed for the FPSA Honor. To clarify this “two-year period,” study the following example:

    Proposed for APSA …………     by December 1, 2018 (Proposal closing date was December 1 in 2018)

    Awarded APSA………………     September /October 2019

    2 years……………………….      September 2021

    Proposed for FPSA …………     by December 15, 2021 or later

    The two-year period runs from the date the APSA was awarded, not from the time of the APSA proposal. Both the ten years of continuous membership and the two years since the APSA was awarded must be met.

    Honorary Membership and Honorary Fellow Membership

    The Honors of Honorary Member (HonPSA) and Honorary Fellow (HonFPSA) are awarded only occasionally and require majority vote of the PSA Board of Directors for approval. The Honor of HonPSA is for truly outstanding service and leadership to photography and the photographic community, and the Honor of HonFPSA is for unique or outstanding contributions of major importance.

    Honorary Membership (HonPSA)

    • Honorary Membership is awarded for outstanding service to the Society and to photography, not merely for additional service in the years after being elected a Fellow, particularly through organizational or similar work, demonstrating leadership by the candidate.

    • The candidate must be a continuous member of the Society for a period of not less than fifteen years.

    • The candidate will be recommended by a seven-eighths vote of the Honors Committee (if seven members on the Honors Committee, six of seven) to the PSA Board of Directors, where the application then requires a majority vote for approval.

    • Proficiency in the use of the photographic medium is not a requirement.

    The candidate for Honorary Member of PSA (HonPSA) must have held a Fellowship (FPSA) for at least two years from date of award of the FPSA before being eligible to be proposed for the HonPSA Honor. To clarify this “two-year period,” study the following example:

    Proposed for FPSA ……......      by December 1, 2018 (Proposal closing date was December 1 in 2018)

    Awarded FPSA…………..…       September /October 2019

    2 years……………………....       September 2021

    Proposed for HonPSA ..……      by December 15, 2021 or later

    The two-year period runs from the date the FPSA was awarded, not from the time of the FPSA proposal. Both the fifteen years of continuous membership and the two years since the FPSA was awarded must be met.

    Honorary Fellow (HonFPSA)

    • Honorary Fellowship is the highest Honor in the Honors Program.

    • The candidate must be a continuous member of the Society for a period of not less than fifteen (15) years.

    • It is awarded only for unique or outstanding contributions of major importance to photography or exceptional service to PSA and the Photographic Community.

    • The approval of all but one of the Honors Committee members and majority of the PSA Board of Directors is required. The number of living Honorary Fellows is limited to twenty-five (25).

    The candidate for Honorary Fellow (HonFPSA) must have been an Honorary Member (HonPSA) for at least three years from date of award of the HonPSA before being eligible to be proposed for the HonFPSA Honor. To clarify this “three-year period,” study the following example:

    Proposed for HonPSA….…..      by December 1, 2017 (Proposal closing date was December 1 in 2017)

    Awarded HonPSA………….       September /October 2018

    3 years…… ………………..        September 2021

    Proposed for HonFPSA …...      by December 15, 2021 or later

    The three-year period runs from the date the HonPSA is awarded, not from the time of the HonPSA proposal. Both the fifteen years of continuous membership and the three years since the HonPSA was awarded must be met.

    REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROPOSER AND TWO ENDORSERS

    The Proposer:

    •   Must be an individual member of PSA in good standing.

    •   Shall be convinced that the qualifications of the Candidate are worthy of the proposed Honor, and the information provided in the Candidate’s Record will corroborate that judgment. Responsibility to the Society should transcend any desire to do a favor for someone.

    •   Must know the Candidate personally through close association for a period of time, be able to confirm the pertinent facts in the record, and be willing to sign the affirmation to that effect.

    •   Will distribute the applicable parts of the Honors Proposal Form to the two individual Endorsers.

    •   Receives the two signed Endorser’s narrative statements back from the Endorsers to include with the completed proposal.

    •   Emails the completed and signed Proposal Forms in one email to PSA Headquarters, in time to arrive before the deadline with a subject line of “Honors Proposal for (Candidate’s name)," so that it arrives at HQ by December 15.  There is no proposal fee.

    The Endorsers:

    •   Must each be an individual member of PSA in good standing.

    •   Must be familiar with the work of the Candidate, but need not have the intimate knowledge of the Candidate required of the Proposer.

    •   Must each indicate in their Endorser’s statement, within the space provided, reasons why the Candidate should be considered for the proposed Honor, signing the statement attesting to the Candidate’s worthiness.

     

    PREPARING THE PROPOSAL

    We strongly recommend that both Proposers and Endorsers take the time to review examples of the candidate’s record form under the dropdown on the Honors homepage titled “Sample Candidate’s Records.” Each Candidate is reviewed on a stand-alone basis and on the merits of the record that you present in the body of this proposal.

    After downloading the PSA Honors Proposal Forms from the PSA Honors website or receiving the PSA Honors Proposal Form via email:

    •   As the Proposer, prepare a proposal document (using 10-point or larger type) not exceeding ten (10) pages total for APSA, and not exceeding eleven (11) pages total for FPSA, HonPSA, HonFPSA consisting of the following:

    1)    Page 1, “Honors Proposal Cover Page,” Form HC-100.

    2)    Page 2, “Proposer’s Statement,” Form HC-101.

    3)    Page 3, “Endorser’s Statement,” Form HC-102, 1st endorser’s statement.

    4)    Page 4, “Endorser’s Statement,” Form HC-102, 2nd endorser’s statement.

    5)    Page 5, “Summary of Information Submitted For Previous Honors,” Form HC-103  for a Candidate for the FPSA, HonPSA or HonFPSA honors ONLY.  Form HC-103 is a one page or less summary of information previously submitted in support of the proposal for their current Honor (e.g., Form HC-103 for a proposal for FPSA is a one-page summary of key service credentials from the Candidate’s proposal for APSA).

    6)    Pages 5-10, “Candidate’s Record,” Form HC-104, for proposals for APSA. Do not submit Form HC-103 for proposals for APSA.

    7)    Pages 6-11,“Candidate’s Record,” Form HC-104, for proposals for FPSA, HonPSA, and HonFPSA, which requires Form HC-103.

         Notes:

    a.     The one-page Form HC-103, and six or fewer additional pages on Form HC-104, “Candidate’s Record,” would result in an 11-page-maximum proposal for FPSA, HonPSA, HonFPSA.  An APSA Proposal, without Form HC-103, would result in a 10-page maximum proposal for APSA.

    b.     For Form HC-104, using 10-point or larger type, number the responses to correspond with the eight sections to be addressed, and head each page with the candidate’s name, the date, and the page number. Spell out the full name of any organization the first time it is mentioned. Use the section number and heading followed by N/A for items that do not apply to your Candidate. A concise, orderly arrangement of all the relevant information will produce a strong, effective presentation. Material evidence of the Candidate’s Record is not generally required, but may be requested by the Honors Committee, if needed.

    SUBMITTING THE PROPOSAL

    Send the completed and signed set of forms to PSA Headquarters, so that the proposal arrives at PSA HQ by the December 15 due date. Use the email subject line “Honors Proposal for (Candidate’s name)."

    (a)   For proposals for FPSA, HonPSA, and HonFPSA, send Forms HC-100, HC-101, two HC-102, HC-103, and HC-104.

    (b)   For proposals for APSA, send Forms HC-100, HC-101, two HC-102, and HC-104.  (Do not send Form HC-103.)

      

     

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR “CANDIDATE RECORD” (Form HC-104) –

    EIGHT SECTIONS (Revised November, 2021)

     

    This is a revised (11/2021) format for the Candidate Record.  A minimum of 10-point type is to be used throughout (Arial, Calibri, Times New Roman or similar font).

    • If additional sheets are required for Form HC-104, please use a heading with the Candidate’s name, date, and page number on the additional pages – six pages maximum for Candidate’s Record.
    • The Candidate Record has a new revised format that is required to provide the necessary detail for this proposal. Sections as labeled below must be used and details are required so they can be validated. List service rendered, including the from-and-to dates, and note if it was a volunteer effort or if the work was as a professional (as part of paid employment).  Note that if information provided cannot be validated, it will not be considered for the proposal, possibly causing the proposal to be deferred for another year to be re-submitted again at a future date.
    • Any section that does not pertain to a Candidate should be noted as NA, “Not Applicable.” 

    PLEASE NOTE: Only the headings, shown in BOLD below, should be entered on the “Candidate’s Record” pages of the form (Form HC-104).

     

    Section 1: Education, work and other background, past and present. This is to help the Honors Committee members know the Candidate, as it may be helpful in evaluating some kinds of service. An accounting or teaching background, for example, might explain a Candidate’s value in the business end of a photographic organization or in written or oral presentations or workshops. Work in government or business might explain a Candidate’s value as a leader in a photographic organization.  This listing should be brief.

    Section 2: Significant Service. Present this in an organized fashion, listing services to international, national, regional and local organizations, or chronologically listing services and activities by dates, positions and specific work and accomplishments.  Also included in this section is all work on PSA-recognized international exhibitions, including serving as exhibition general chairman or as other organizers and exhibition workers. It may include leadership, which is described generally as influencing others, not necessarily managing others. Listing positions held without identifying accomplishments is not enough. List what makes the Candidate stand out in these position, the service rendered.

    Section 3: Service Recognitions Received. List and summarize service awards or recognitions received which relate to service to photography, service to photographers and photographic organizations including camera clubs, and to PSA or equivalent organizations around the world.  You may also include service involving photography to other organizations like schools, local governments, or other community organizations. The Proposer might select the highest, most important recognitions for comment.

    Include awards only for service to photography or service to photographic organizations in this section.  Do not include PSA distinctions or awards for photographic proficiency; do not include FIAP or other photography proficiency distinctions; and do not include prizes for specific photographs in exhibitions.

    Section 4: Judging, Assessments, Critique, and Evaluations. List the assessments, critiques, and evaluation activities of the Candidate and the value of these services to others.   You may list judging services to individuals and local clubs, including contests, exhibitions, and shows, especially when critiques (written or oral) are involved.  Also included is serving as a judge for international exhibitions. You are encouraged to list service in the administration or coordination of PSA study groups, PSA mentoring services, and PSA image evaluation services.

    Section 5: Written Presentations. Camera club and other photo organization newsletters, bulletins, websites, journal or magazine articles (including the PSA Journal), histories, books or other educational written materials are important to identify in this section.  It is also important to report any PSA Editorial Stars the Candidate may have earned for articles published in the PSA Journal.  This section may also include articles, papers, books and other written or published materials on photographic subjects (include topics, dates, where published, and titles), and list in order of higher to lower importance or wider distribution.

    Section 6: Oral Presentations. Please list significant oral presentations, such as classes, shows, workshops (live or through video), webinars, or other digital presentations. (Specify whether this work was done for a professional fee, including a teacher’s salary, or whether the Candidate was paid more than a nominal honorarium or whether the work was entirely on a volunteer basis with no fees or honorariums.) Include dates, subjects, audience approximate attendance and other significant information. Where space is limited, identify the most important of these presentations.

    Section 7: Other Relevant Information. This is a catch-all category to round out an understanding of the Candidate’s service. Examples are organization of travel for photography, field trips, photo shoots, or other events.  (Specify whether this work was done for a professional fee, including an instructor’s or teacher’s salary, or whether the Candidate was paid more than a nominal honorarium or whether the work was entire on a volunteer basis with no fees or honorariums.) If there is something important to say about service to photography of a Candidate which does not fit into another category, a Proposer may add it in this section.  If this point does not apply to the candidate, please note NA “Not Applicable.”

    Section 8: Photographic Proficiency and Achievement. It is of primary importance to state that photographic proficiency is not required for PSA Honors, especially for APSA honors. It is a strong showing of service which is important. A Candidate can be very important to an organization or an inspiration to others, and an ideal volunteer, without having notable photographic background. 

    However, if proficiency is listed, to help the Honors Committee members understand and evaluate the service, it is sufficient to identify levels of distinctions (Star Ratings, or ROPA or Portfolio distinctions) or other recognitions from other photographic organizations around the world (FIAP, RPS), or from other international, country, and local levels. Major awards, such as from NANPA or Smithsonian, are permitted.  Do not provide a list of medals and acceptances. 

    REMINDER: Only the headings, shown in BOLD above, should be entered on the “candidate record” pages of the proposal form (Form HC-104).

     

    Send all Forms – HC-100, HC-101, HC-102, HC-103 (if necessary), and HC-104 – in one package to arrive before the December 15 deadline. In the subject line of the emailed proposal, use “Honors Proposal for [Candidate’s Name].”  Failure to do this may result in the proposal being inadvertently overlooked by HQ staff and delay delivery to the Honors Committee. A delivery delay may result in the proposal being held until the following year. Also, e-mailed Proposals must still be signed by the Proposer and Endorsers. Digital signatures are required. If an endorser has a problem with the signature, print the page, sign it, scan it back into a PDF and send to the proposer to be included in the final proposal package to be sent to PSA Headquarters.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Honors Proposal Forms
    Form HC-100: Honors Proposal Cover Page - doc
    Form HC-101: Proposer's Statement - doc
    Form HC-102: Endorser's Statement - doc
    Form HC-103: Summary of Information Submitted for Previous Honors - doc
    Form HC-104: Candidate's Record - doc
    Form HC-104: Instructions only for Form HC-104 - doc

  • Sample Candidate's Records
    All names used in these samples are fictitious, and all samples are written using the forms revised for use in the proposals due by December 15.

    Sample using HC-103 (Summary of information for previous honors)
    FPSA for Linda - pdf
    FPSA for Mary - pdf


    Sample using HC-104 (Candidate's Record)
    APSA for Kathy - pdf
    APSA for James - pdf

    FPSA for Linda - pdf
    FPSA for Mary - pdf
  • Honors Advisors and Historical Research Committee

    Honors Advisors are available to assist Proposers in the preparation of an honors proposal.  While the advisors can explain how to format a proposal, they are not allowed to write a proposal.  Their primary purpose is to review a proposal and comment on how it might be improved.  Currently, there are three honors advisors, all former members of the PSA Honors Committee.

    Terry Carroll, FPSA, former Honors Committee Chair, honors-advisor-1@psa-photo.org

    John Davis, HonPSA, MPSA, former Honors Committee member, honors-advisor-2@psa-photo.org

    Henry Ng, HonFPSA, EPSA, former Honors Committee Chair, honors-advisor-3@psa-photo.org


    Historical Research Committee

    If you are proposing or endorsing a candidate for an honor, you should also be aware of a significant information resource relating to a candidate’s direct service to PSA. Laura Davies, HonFPSA, Historical Research Committee Chair, has done extensive work on organizing the Society’s historical records. She is offering to provide the service record for any PSA member on request. Please keep in mind that the information is limited to what Laura was able to obtain from the records she had access to. This can be a first stop when it comes to PSA service. However, please be aware that the information that is available may be limited to dates and position titles.

    If the Candidate is aware of the proposal, you may want to co-ordinate with your Candidate to provide a more detailed description needed for a well-documented Proposal.  If the Candidate is not aware of the proposal, you may contact the Candidate’s photo friends or fellow camera club members for detailed information for the Candidate’s record.

    Contact email for Laura Davies:  historical-research@psa-photo.org

  • Honors Service Award Program

    An Honors Service Award is given out to Honors Proposers and/or Endorsers for each accumulation of 25 points earned.

    Proposers receive 5 points for a successful Proposal Packet (no points are earned if the Candidate is not successful). 

    Endorsers receive 2 points if the Candidate is successful.  

    Awards earned by July 1 of each year will be given out at the following PSA Annual Conference or mailed if the recipient was not in attendance.. 

    PSA Directors and Officers, and Honors Committee members, are not eligible because they are not able to Propose or Endorse, and may be participants in approval of Honors.  

    There is no limit to the number of Honors Service Awards a Proposer or Endorser may receive, and there is no requirement for a five-year wait between awards.