Recognition of Service: PSA Honors
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 Secretary. Honors Committee members and members of the PSA Board of Directors cannot propose or endorse Candidates for PSA Honors.
PSA Honors are formally presented each year at the Final Banquet of the PSA Annual Conference (in the year following submission of the Honors proposal).
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. These other organizations have various methods to obtain recognition, but photographic skill or performance is the criteria. In 1996 a form of Recognition of Photographic Achievement (ROPA) for PSA members was developed and it was instituted at the 1996 PSA Convention in Tucson, Arizona.
APSA (Associate) - awarded for material contributions to the advancement of photography, whether resulting primarily from photography proficiency and achievement, or for service. Photographic achievement must be combined with elements of service.
FPSA (Fellow) - awarded for outstanding contributions to the advancement of photography, involving a high degree of proficiency and achievement, combined with such elements of service as the dissemination of acquired knowledge through lecturing, judging, instructing, and publishing of articles or papers. Personal photography achievement alone does not qualify for this honor.
HonPSA (Honorary Membership) - the recipient of this honor need not be a member of PSA. It is awarded for outstanding service to photography, particularly through organizational or similar work.
HonFPSA (Honorary Fellow) - this is the highest designation awarded by the Society. The recipient must be a PSA member, and the honor is awarded only for unique or outstanding contributions of major importance to photography.
Outline of the Procedures for Proposing a Candidate
The procedures for proposing a Candidate for PSA Honors are very specific. They are described in detail in the Instructions and an outline is provided here. Please follow them carefully.