Closing dates for Honours applications

Twice per annum on 25 January and 25 June


The Honours Division controls the awards made to members in recognition of a high standard of photographic ability and/or service to PSSA and to photography in general.

All applications must be made via Photovaultonline which will be open for entries approximately 6 weeks prior to the closing date.

It is possible that the number of entries will be limited and therefore it is advisable to enter sooner rather than later. If the numbers are to be limited due notice will be given on the website.

Application is only open to full members of the Society. Anyone interested in applying for Honours may join at the same time as applying.

Only one application may be made at a time.

No image, or similar, that has been submitted in a successful application, may be submitted in any further application – this includes conversions between mono and colour.

Similar implies that it is almost the same time, or almost the same place, or almost the same situation - just another frame in an action series or a different crop is not necessarily sufficiently different to make it a different image - by being almost the same it is a similar shot. This is true in any genre be it portrait, landscape, creative etc.

Important Notes

1.  By virtue of submitting the application the applicant certifies that the images and all elements included therein are his/her own and that no second party can claim authorship of any part of the said image.

2.  Any image or part thereof which might require copyright clearance, such as a photograph of a famous national or international personage, should be so noted and attested to its authenticity by means of a signed statement on the back of the print or in an accompanying statement.

3.  Applicants wanting to apply for additional honours at the same level in the same medium may do so immediately after obtaining their honours.

Applicants wanting to apply for a higher level of honours after obtaining their honours (e.g. after obtaining an APSSA and wanting to apply for a FPSSA) must wait for one judging session before applying, the exception being those members who achieved their honours on their first application.

4.  Submission of a panel for honours implies acceptance of the conditions of application as published in this document and in the relevant PSSA Honours Info Sheets.

Any panel which transgresses the rules in any way whatsoever will be disqualified.

The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into. Applicants failing to abide by these rules are subject to disciplinary action by the Board of Directors.

PSSA, through it's Directors, Executive Committee and Honours and Awards Committees may withdraw any class of membership and award from any individual should the Board feel that the activities and actions of the individual have brought the organisation into discredit in any way whatsoever.

5.  All awards are presented annually at the Honours and Awards banquet which is traditionally the final event of the PSSA Congress. A selection of the successful work is also presented at the annual PSSA Congress.

6.  Information regarding the different awards available can be found in the following Info Sheets.

2.  Service Awards
3.  Achievement Awards - LPSSA, APSSA, FPSSA
4.  Achievement Awards - MPSSA
5.  (Vers) & (Dux) Awards
6.  Honorary Honours

Applications for the EPSSA awards should be made to the Chairman of Awards and Regalia, Geoff Feldon - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

7.  Full details regarding eligibility and how to apply for the different awards as well as advice can be found in the following Info Sheets

8.    Advice
9.    How to Apply
10.  Judging and the Credit System
11.  Fees

8.  Have you ever wondered how you should list your award after your name - full details are given in Info Sheet 7. Listing Honours.

9.  All successful applicants may also apply for an Honours e-badge which can be used on personal websites, letterheads, accreditation applications etc. as long as you remain a full member of PSSA. Please apply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for your e-badge.

10.  Honours Committee

Honours INFO Sheets

Click on the links of the respective sheets below to download and open them

2.    Service Awards - May 2017
3.    Achievement Honours LPSSA, APSSA, FPSSA - May 2017
4.    Achievement Honours MPSSA - May 2017
5.    Vers & Dux Honours - May 2017
6.    Honorary Honours - May 2017
7.    Honours Listing - May 2017
8.    Advice - May 2017
9.    How to apply - May 2017
10.  Judging & the Credit System - May 2017
11.  Fees - May 2017

Honours Chairman


Committee Members

Helen Wilkins FPSSA
Charmaine Joubert LPSSA.

Queries regarding any aspect of the Honours Division may be directed to the Chairman:

P.O. Box 5237, Walmer, 6065
Tel: 083 245 2801 
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