Divisions


PSA Divisions

There are six Photographic Society of America (PSA) Divisions which, under the supervision of the Divisions Vice President and with the assistance of the Clubs, Councils and Chapters Vice President, are responsible for the conduct of individual and interclub activities. Each division is managed by officers who are elected for two-year terms each even-numbered year, taking office at the conclusion of the annual conference. Numerous division directors, appointed by the division chairperson, manage the operation of the various activities within each division.

Each division provides a wide range of activities consistent with its area of emphasis. Generally these include individual and interclub competitions, study groups for individuals, providing recognition for International Exhibitions, and operating a Stars/Galaxy Ratings program for individual exhibition acceptances.

Divisions identify the top exhibitors, worldwide, on an annual basis through the publication of a Who's Who listing in the PSA Journal. This listing includes all photographers who achieve an established level of success by participating in PSA recognized exhibitions, whether they are PSA members or not. 

The Projected Image Division (PID) is responsible for conducting and overseeing PSA activities regarding projected (digital or slide) open or general subjects photography; there are no limitations on subject matter or techniques used for image capture or post processing. There are two PID Stars tracks - Open and Monochrome.

The Nature Division (ND) is responsible for conducting and overseeing PSA activities regarding Nature photography; there is an accepted definition which specifies its scope.

The Photojournalism Division (PJD) is responsible for conducting and overseeing PSA activities regarding Photojournalistic photography; there is an accepted definition which specifies its scope.

The Photo Travel Division (PTD) is responsible for conducting and overseeing PSA activities regarding Photo Travel photography; there is an accepted definition which specifies its scope.

The Pictorial Print Division (PPD) is responsible for conducting and overseeing PSA activities regarding print photography; there are no limitations on subject matter or techniques used for image capture or post processing. There are four PPD Stars tracks - Large Open, Large Monochrome, Small Open and Small Monochrome. 

The 3D Division (3DD), formerly Stereo Division, is responsible for conducting and overseeing PSA activities regarding 3D photography.

Division Profiles of Activities Per Year
Activity PID ND PJD PTD PPD 3DD
Allows images captured on film. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Allows images that were captured digitally. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Allows the use of prints No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Interclub competitions. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Individual competitions. Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Image of the Year competitions. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Photo Essays Yes No No Yes No No
Study Groups Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Stars/Galaxy Ratings Program Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Who's Who Listing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
International Exhibition Sections Recognized 300+ 170+ 40+ 50+ 135+ 25+
PSA International Exhibition Sections 2 2 2 2 4 3


See the Divisions section of this website for more detailed information on the Divisions' activities and offerings or click on the link to each division (left pane).