Recognition of Photography: Who’s Who in Photography
During the formation of PSA, a Who's Who in Photography listing was created … the only such list in the world. Each exhibitor had to enter a minimum of ten exhibitions each year to be included in the Who's Who list for that year. A favorable review of this program created the impetus to develop the Pictorial Division's Award of Merit, which evolved into the PSA Star Ratings program. The first actual publication of the Who’s Who in Photography list was in the January 1942 issue of the PSA Journal.
The annual PSA Who's Who in Photography publication is mailed to all PSA members with the May PSA Journal. The PSA Who's Who in Photography can be downloaded as a pdf or viewed online, by division. Corrections to the annual Who’s Who in Photography are printed in the November issue of the PSA Journal.
Today, exhibitors in each division and section who have met the minimum number of acceptances in PSA-recognized exhibitions the previous year are listed in PSA’s Who’s Who in Photography. The minimum number is 5% of the total possible acceptances in each section and is therefore dependent on the number of judgings that year. The minimum number and the exhibitions for that year are listed with each section. If the minimum number is four or less, the added requirement is acceptances in two or more judgings. Any section with 20 or less judgings must meet this requirement.
The lists are compiled from catalogs sent to the PSA Who's Who Directors by the PSA-recognized Exhibitions. Every effort is made to keep these lists accurate. Unreported errors in the catalogs, missing catalogs, misspelling, and/ or misplacement of names in a catalog may result in inaccuracies. Exhibitors are requested to use the same form of their name on all exhibition entries to ensure correct credit. Exhibitors need to immediately report catalog errors to the exhibition, and to the appropriate Who’s Who Directors (listed below) and Star Ratings Directors. Corrections must be confirmed by the exhibition.
PSA members have the opportunity to use their acceptances to apply for PSA Stars and to use those Stars to earn PSA Distinctions for Recognition of Photographic Achievement (ROPA). ROPA Distinctions include Proficiency (PPSA), Excellence (EPSA), Master (MPSA), and Grand Master (GMPSA).
"In the Box" and Who's Who Certificates
In addition to the alphabetical listing with total acceptances, the exhibitors with the highest number of acceptances during each year are listed in a “box” displaying the Top North American or Top Overseas exhibitors for each division/section. The number of exhibitors listed in each “box” is proportional to the number of exhibitors in that section.
All PSA Members who are among the top ten (10) in each Division’s annual Who’s Who (WW) section listings, without regard to geographic areas, receive a Who's Who certificate. In Divisions that list less than ten (10) exhibitors "in the box" group listings, all PSA members in those listings shall receive Who's Who certificates. Those in the first, second, or third places are invited to submit two images for possible inclusion in the PSA Who’s Who in Photography publication.
PSA Who’s Who Directors:
Pictorial Print Division, Who's Who Director: Large Color & Monochrome: Margaret Boike, PPSA, firstname.lastname@example.org