Pacific Northwest

Washington State Membership Home Page

Director: Washington 

‚úČ Gary Burgess·

Welcome to the PSA Washington State Membership home page.

As the Washington State Membership Director, my team and I look forward to helping the members of our state take advantage of all of its available photographic opportunities. Assistance with participation in individual and interclub competitions, study groups and showcase galleries are just a few examples. Programs are also being planned that will be geared specifically for our state's members.


On some occasions, we will be working as partners with our Pacific Northwest Area Director to provide a wide range of services that will enable the members in our area to easily renew their membership, participate in international exhibitions, maintain acceptance records and make applications for Stars Ratings. Guidance will also be available for those seeking help in improving their photographic skills through the use of PSA Mentors and educational courses.

If you reside in Washington, please feel free to contact me with your thoughts and suggestions concerning the establishment of programs that will specifically benefit our members. Your contributions will be most helpful. Let's all work together to develop some interesting and exciting activities. Thank you, in advance, for your support and assistance.

Washington State PSA Members are assigned to the Pacific Northwest Area Membership. The area consists of members from Alaska, Washington, and Oregon. The web site is at

Washington is also the primary location of the Inland Empire Chapter

The northwest area is known for containing the picturesque Skagit Valley, which is home to the lush colorful tulip fields in the summer. It is visited by migrating snow geese and swans in the fall.

Kites and Tulips, Skagit Valley, by Jim Haney

Seattle Skyline by Mary Wang

Washington has a number of diverse and distinct geographical areas. The state is split north to south by the Cascade Range. This area is full of mountain landscape and wildlife photography opportunities. Mt Rainier is frequently photographed for its lush landscapes, rugged peaks, and alpine meadows.

The Sate is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west, Canada on the north, Idaho on the east, and Oregon on the south.

The Puget Sound Lowland area contains many islands and peninsulas. It contains the largest concentration of population in Washington. The northern part of the Salish Sea contains Whidbey Island and the San Juan Island archipelago. Marine photography here is almost unlimited.

Seattle is the largest city in Washington. 

The Olympic peninsula is unique photographer’s destination. It is well known for the moss encrusted Hoh Rain Forest, Hurricane Ridge mountain vistas, and Pacific Ocean sea-scapes.

Hurricane Ridge, View of Bailey Range by Gary Burgess

Raging Waters by Steve Shining, APSA - (Spokane Falls with the Lincoln Street Bridge in Spokane)

The Southwest region is home to the Willipa Hills, Ocean Shores, Long Beach Peninsula, and the Columbia River. The Pacific Ocean coast is accessible here in many places.

The Northeast area is home to Spokane, the largest city in Eastern Washington. It also contains the beautiful Pend Oreille River surrounded by a mix of meadows and hills. 

Central Eastern Washington is a land of fields, farming, and ranching that is made possible by the mighty Columbia River.  The rolling hills of the Palouse area are must-do for landscape photographers.

Palouse Hills by Mary Wang

The Great Prosser Balloon Rally, by Harvey Brown

Southeast Washington is home to the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers. This supports the Tri-Cities area. The Southeast area is a generally arid region, yet it holds the northern end of the wonderfully forested Blue Mountains. 

    Welcome New Members!
    Ellen Bogenschutz, referred by Olympic Peaks Camera Club