Photographic Society of America

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Photographic Society of America
Photographic Society of America Logo.gif
Abbreviation PSA
Formation 1934
Type Non-profit organization
Purpose Photography
Headquarters Oklahoma City, OK
Region served

Elena McTighe (2017 - present)

Charlie Burke (2015-2017)
Main organ
The PSA Journal
4 staff

Photographic Society of America (PSA) is one of the largest, worldwide, non-profit organizations of its kind.[1] Established in 1934, it is for casual shutterbugs, serious amateurs, and professional photographers. PSA has members in over 75 countries. Membership is currently about 5,500, with 35% outside the USA. The current president of the PSA is Elena McTighe, who took the role in October 2017.

The mission of the society is to: promote the art and science of photography as a means of communication, image appreciation, and cultural exchange; provide education, information, inspiration, and opportunity for all persons interested in photography; and foster personal growth and expression, creativity, excellence, and ethical conduct in all aspects of photographic endeavor.

Individual and photo organization memberships offer a wide variety of services and activities: a monthly journal; online photo galleries; image evaluation; study groups; courses; competitions; an annual conference; opportunities for recognition of photographic achievement and service; and discounts on photography-related products and services. Six divisions including: Pictorial (digital and prints), Nature, Travel, Photojournalism. and 3D; provide numerous services.

The PSA holds several notable competitions throughout the year, including a Youth Showcase. Additionally PSA approves and oversees about 600 international photographic exhibitions in nearly 50 countries. These exhibitions are open to everyone to enter.


  1. ^ "PSA Overview". Photographic Society of America. Retrieved 13 October 2016.