Recognition of Photography: PSA Star Ratings
Exhibitors in PSA-recognized International Exhibitions enjoy receiving “acceptances.” The term “acceptances” often baffles new exhibitors. Basically, the exhibitor has entered four images in one section of a PSA-recognized Exhibition. Their photography was evaluated (judged) with the photography of some of the best photographers in the world and, if “accepted,” it was included in public shows (exhibitions) of outstanding photographic images. Those images that are “accepted” for inclusion in an exhibition are eligible to be used by PSA members when applying for a PSA Star Rating.
PSA recognizes the acceptance achievement of PSA members through a popular Star Ratings program that was established in 1947. Stars are awarded for a combination of the number of acceptances received and the number of "titles" (different images) accepted in PSA-recognized exhibitions.
Stars are awarded for increasing levels (One Star, Two Stars, Three Stars, etc.) based on an established minimum number of titles and acceptances for each level. For example, if a member has eighteen (18) acceptances with six (6) image titles in PSA Nature Division recognized exhibitions, then the member can submit their application (a formal list of the exhibition names, exhibition location and date, and the image titles) to the Nature Division Star Ratings Director. The Division Star Ratings Director checks the acceptances and titles in member’s application list against the catalogs submitted by the Exhibitions and marks off each acceptance when it is used for a Star Rating.
When the application is approved, the member receives a letter of congratulation and a Star Rating Certificate from the Division Star Rating Director. The Star Ratings awarded each quarter are published in the PSA Journal in January, April, July, and October. Once a Star Rating has been awarded, the member must maintain continuous PSA membership in order to earn additional Star Ratings or use their Star Ratings to apply for the PSA Recognition of Photographic Achievement ROPA Distinctions (PPSA, EPSA, MPSA, GMPSA).
The seven PSA divisions offer one or more Star Ratings.
PSA Star Ratings Directors
PSA Star Ratings Guidelines
The document outlining the standards regarding PSA Star Ratings can be downloaded: Star Ratings Practices.