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American Photographic Artists (APA) believes in elevating your art and works fearlessly to protect your content.  As the most prestigious national organization for professional photographers, we are committed to lead the future of our industry.  APA provides access to the most progressive local programming, powerful national legislation, prestigious mentorships, affordable insurance options, and collective industry benefits.  Dedicated to our community’s financial and artistic well being, we initiate, develop, and deliver the advantages necessary for a successful career in professional photography.


APA hires new Executive Director to Protect Photographers

I am writing to you today to share some exciting news. Your executive board of directors has hired Juliette Wolf-Robin as APA's National Executive Director. Juliette has a long history in our industry and most notably launched Creativity's Spark*, Alternative Pick and FoundFolios. The hiring committee did an extensive search and Juliette stood out throughout the process. She shares our passion for the industry and our excitement for APA. Juliette has spent her career bringing photographers and buyers together and we are very pleased to have her bring that collaborative spirit to APA and to our members. The press release is here.

Theresa Raffetto
President, APA National
Chair, APA Search Committee

APA Photo Assistant Basic Training sponsored by Sony was mostly recently presented to a soldout-crowd in San Francisco on February 22 & 23, 2014.  Special thanks to Sony along with Profoto, PhotoShelter, Adobe, Lowepro, Blinkbid, PDN, Emerging Photographer, and Datacolor for making this popular event tour possible.  Workshops were led by APA NY Chapter Chair Tony Gale, and Pulitzer Winning Photographer / Sony Artisan of Imagery, Brian Smith, or Sony Artisan of Imagery Matthew Jordan Smith. READ MORE and check back here at APAnational.com's homepage for announcements of other dynamic upcoming APA National Event Tours! Our Photo Assistant Basic Training Facebook page is here. And be sure to check out Drew Sherman's photos from the recent San Francisco event here.


Thank you to everyone who entered the Awards, to the judges who graciously gave their time to review the work, and for the generous support of our dedicated sponsors who provided over $130k in prizes. The success of our Awards helps us fund relevant programs for photographers throughout the year. The fabulous work of the winners will be put in front of creatives and is now posted (click on the banner above to go to the gallery portal page). Members benefit from the exposure of the Awards and the additional visits of buyers to the website.

The Second Annual APA Short Video Contest Winners videos are here

American Photographic Artists is proud to announce its 2013 APA Lucie Foundation Scholarship available to a deserving established professional photographer for a specific project in the amount of $5000 through its partnership with the Lucie Foundation.  APA desires to encourage and support growth and professional development, and is excited to partner with the Lucie Foundation for the 2013 grant cycle to show its commitment to advancing professional photography.  READ MORE

APA Editorial Photographers announce the 2013 EP EDU Grants award recipients.

After judging almost 300 entries, APA/EP, the national chapter of American Photographic Artists, is very pleased to announce the six recipients of our 2013 EP Edu Grants!  The six recipients are:

  • Anna Beeke – School of Visual Arts, New York
  • Stacy Kranitz – UC Irvine; Irvine, CA
  • Sara Lewkowicz – Ohio University; Athens, OH
  • Jen ‘Neko’ Reindl – Academy of Art University, San Francisco
  • Michelle Rogers Pritz – Art Institute of Boston
  • Kristina Varaksina – Academy of Art University, San Francisco

View the winners’ portfolios & contact info here: http://editorialphoto.com/epedu/  For full details, contact information, and quotes from the judges, please see the attached pdf file.

Thanks to all of the 2013 entrants and also to our generous sponsors, BlinkBid, Think Tank Photo, fotoQuote, and Photoshelter.  Congratulations to this year’s recipients and look for us next spring!

AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTISTS Joins Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Google

Atlanta, GA, April 15, 2013 - American Photographic Artists (APA) is joining the 15 plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Google. By joining the suit, APA alleges the “Google Book Search” program violates the copyrights of numerous photographers and other visual artists. The lead plaintiffs include: The American Society of Media Photographers, Graphic Artists Guild, Picture Archive Council of America, North American Nature Photography Association, Professional Photographers of America, National Press Photographers Association, Leif Skoogfors, Al Satterwhite, Morton Beebe, Ed Kashi, John Schmelzer, Simms Taback and Gail Kuenstler Taback Living Trust, Leland Bobbe, John Francis, Ficara, and David W. Moser.  READ MORE

The results from the 2013 APA Photo Industry Survey have been compiled and are now being shared with APA members as one of the benefits of membership.  APA Members, click the link above to access and download the survey results.

Editorial Photographers (EP) Merges into American Photographic Artists (APA) to Build a Combined Stronger Voice in Photography Industry.

Atlanta, GA October 23, 2012 - American Photographic Artists today announced that Editorial Photographers (EP), a highly regarded association aimed at improving profitability of editorial photography, has agreed to a merger that will benefit professional photographers around the world.  The merger is acheduled to be completed by the end of the year.  READ MORE



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