Recognition of Service: PSA Service Awards
PSA recognizes individuals and clubs for their exceptional service with PSA Service Awards. There are many outstanding individuals and clubs who volunteer their time and efforts to make the activities of the Society successful and/or to provide valuable photographic help and assistance to community endeavors. It is important that these volunteers are thanked for their efforts, and PSA members are encouraged to propose or endorse deserving individuals and clubs.
The Service Awards Committee is composed of five PSA members who serve five year terms. The President appoints one member each year and the most senior member of the Committee is the Chair. The Service Awards Committee reports to the Executive Vice President.
PSA Service Award proposals may be submitted anytime during the year, and awarded locally as appropriate, if favorably processed by the committee. However, if the person receiving the award will be attending the PSA Annual Conference, it is preferred that his or her Service Award be presented during the Opening Meeting of the PSA Annual Conference. In order to be presented at the PSA Annual Conference, completed proposals need to be submitted to the Service Awards Committee Chair no later than August 1 of the year they are to be presented at the conference. Club service awards are expected to be made at the PSA Annual Conference with a representative of the club present to receive it.
PSA Service Awards for Individuals
PSA Service Awards are presented to PSA members in recognition of outstanding service to the Society. These awards are not based on photographic performance, but are given for exceptional service to the Society via local, regional, national, or international efforts that advance the Society's Mission or contribute to the accomplishments of the Society. A Service Award can be presented to a member who has initiated a new service or completed a special project for PSA. There is a minimum waiting period of five years between receiving successive PSA Service Awards for Individuals.
PSA Service Awards for Clubs
Submitting a Proposal
Any PSA member may propose a PSA member or a PSA-member club for a PSA Service Award. The proposal also needs to be endorsed by two additional PSA members. Club members, who are PSA members, may propose or endorse their own club. PSA Board Members may propose or endorse members or member clubs (but not their own club) for Service Awards. Board Members are not eligible to receive a Service Award.
The PSA Service Award Proposal as an interactive PDF file is available to be completed and submitted to the Committee Chair via email. The PSA Service Award Proposal as a Word doc can also be downloaded, printed, typed, and mailed to the Committee Chair.
It is the responsibility of the Proposer to furnish the Committee with sufficient information regarding the candidate’s contribution to PSA. The information should be stated as clearly and concisely as possible. The Proposer’s statement should be limited to one page. Each Endorser’s statement should be limited to one page.
In the proposal for a PSA Club Service Award the Proposer should include:
Service that does not involve photography can be included in the proposal, but the importance of this service would be less than photographic service.
For a Club Service Award the Proposer may also include supporting documents not to exceed three pages. Supporting documents might be, for example, newspaper publicity, documentation showing the involvement of the club, an event program, a PSA Journal article, or record photographs of club service events.