Black Friday Sale Starts Now

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Right now save 20% on a new annual membership at any level. Here’s a quick look at the savings:

Or, if you prefer to invest in a monthly membership we’ll take 20% off your first payment. Available on new memberships only.

There has never been a better time to join APA and take charge of your career. APA  provides business tools that help you work smarter and be more profitable. This is your opportunity to use the strength of APA to protect your work and bolster your bottom line. Below are five reasons an APA membership can make the difference. Your membership helps keep our industry robust by mentoring the next generation of visual communicators.

5 Reasons to join APA today

  1. Portfolio Gallery. All APA members are invited to join the APA Portfolio Gallery — an exclusive network powered by Behance — to gain broader exposure for their work. Your work will be shown both on the APA Portfolio Gallery and in the larger Behance Network that attracts millions of visitors per month. Gain followers everywhere your work appears, and easily alert your followers when you publish new work.
  2. Partner Discounts. APA provides a full complement of member benefits that help our members save cash on services they use most. Our benefits have been time-tested over four decades and give members the tools to build a sustainable business. Our member benefits get used day in, day out. Whether saving money or providing a platform to help generate new business, APA has you covered.
  3. Find-A-Member Search. All members have their profile listed in our searchable Find-A-Member section. Your profile includes a cover photo, web address, email address and links to all your social media accounts. Your APA membership generates more exposure for your work. Get listed in our Find-A-Member section and get discovered today.
  4. Pro Media Card. APA’s Pro Media Card is specifically designed to help expedite quick check-in service at airports, as well as to facilitate the pro media discount on excess baggage, available through many airlines. This amazing member benefit is available to all APA members.
  5. Community. Since being a professional photographer can feel like a solitary endeavor, APA membership offers valuable connections for sharing and collaborating. APA members everywhere are part of a larger community. Plus, our regional chapters produce ongoing events to bring people together in person.

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APA | SD’s Holiday Party and Print Exchange

SAVE THE DATE! APA | SD’s Holiday Party and Print Exchange
Friday, December 4th, 2015
Come – join us and some of California’s top photographers at what is now a venerable tradition: arrive at 3rdSpace with loose print and depart in the wee hours filled with winter cheer, your heart full of holiday spirit, your hands clutching a new and wonderful photograph.
It’s a custom. It’s an age-old practice. It’s a party.
3rd Space, Club For The Creative
4610 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116
Free to all
RSVP or Questions
Not a member? Join now online

Beers with Peers, Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Beers with Peers at Modern Times

Join us for a casual meet-up over craft beers (or cold brew coffee). Meet your chapter Board members, share your latest victory (or defeat), or just catch up with your photo industry peers. Not an APA member? No problem, everyone is welcome. Want to become a member? See all the benefits here.

It all starts at 6:00 PM at Modern Times Beer, 3725 Greenwood St., San Diego, 92110
Pizza and good times await you. Free to all. See you there!

Untitled 2015 Winners Announced

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APA|SD would like to thank all of the attendees and participants that helped make the Untitled 2015 exhibition such a success. More than 250 entries were received and the top 30 were curated by our judge, celebrated photographer David J. Carol. The prints were displayed at 3rdSpace for a one-night-only event and silent auction benefiting MOPA. More than $6,000 in prizes were awarded by our gracious sponsors, making this our biggest contest to date.

Our congratulations go out to the winners of this year’s competition:

1st Prize: Charlie Malmqvist

2nd Prize: Jim Newberry

3rd Prize: Valerie Hayken

Peoples Choice: Adriene Hughes

Untitled 2015 Winners

The Top 30 images that were selected for the show can be seen in the Untitled 2015 gallery.

Untitled 2015 Exhibition and silent auction, 3rdSpace, Saturday, November 7, 2015:

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Untitled 2015 sponsors
Please pay a visit to our sponsors who helped make this event possible. Thank you, and we look forward to next year’s Untitled event!

Untitled 2015 Event – November 7th at 3rdSpace


Join APA San Diego for a one-night only exhibition and benefit auction of fine art photography at 3rdSpace, 4610 Park Blvd, San Diego CA, 92116. 30 exceptional images will be displayed and sold on silent auction benefitting the Museum of Photographic Arts ( Enjoy the rotating slideshow of all the contest entries, craft beer bar, and more.

Free to attend!

Untitled 2015: Call for entries. Submit your work today!


APA | San Diego is calling for photography that represents your best work; Images that show your unique vision, creative passion, and individualistic style, titled or untitled. 30 images will be chosen for display at a one-night only benefit auction at 3rd Space on Saturday, November 7th, 2015; proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Museum of Photographic Arts. All entries will be judged by Photographer David J Carol and prizes will be awarded for the top images. All entries will be represented in the exhibition slide show on the night of the event.

Deadline is September 30th!

1st Place:

GOPRO PACKAGE: $623.00 Value
– GoPro Hero4 Black Kit
– GoPro Grab Bag Replacement Accessories Pack
– Delkin 660X 64GB Micro SD Card
– Wryd GoPro Bento Camera Case
YODELIST: 1 Year Long Subscription to the Buyers and Agencies Database – $995 Value
PROUD CREATIVE: Portfolio Design Gift Certificate – $750
(up to 10 hours of print or website design services)
RIVERDALE STUDIOS Full Day Studio Rental –  $500 Value
(up to 10 hours – liability insurance is required.)
THINKTANK: City Walker Camera Bag –  $129.75 Value
DRIPBOOK: Free For Life Account – $90 Value
IMAGE RIGHTS: Basic Membership – $89 Value

2nd Place:

PROMASTER: Travel Tripod – $139.95 Value
  1 Year Long Subscription to the Buyers and Agencies Database – $995 Value
THINKTANK Urban Approach Camera Bag – $119.75
DRIPBOOK: Free For Life Account – $90 Value
SNAP: Apparel Gift Certificate – $60 Value
CHROME DIGITAL: Gift Certificate – $75 Value
IMAGE RIGHTS: Basic Membership – $89 Value

3rd Place:

YODELIST: 1 Year Long Subscription to the Buyers and Agencies Database – $995 Value
DRIPBOOK: Free For Life Account – $90 Value
PHOTO LIBRARY including books from:
– Eric Soderquist and Chris Burkard – The California Surf Project
– Joni Sternbach – Surf Site Tin Type
– Art Brewer’s monograph on Bunker Spreckles
– Masters of Surf Photography – Ted Garambeau
– Timekeeper – Anthony Friedkin
– Surf Site Tin Type – Joni Sternbach
THINKTANK Turnstyle Camera Bag –  $84.75 Value
IMAGE RIGHTS: Basic Membership – $89 Value


APA | 2015 Sourcebook: Gain exposure for your photography for less than $1/day.

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Exposing your work to photo buyers is a tough business. In recent APA panel discussions with the photo buying community we’ve learned a few things:

  • Photo buyers drown in hundreds of *spam* emails daily
  • With shorter production timelines, buyers are busier than ever
  • With the rise of social media, getting noticed is more difficult
  • Having a digital-only marketing strategy won’t get the job done
  • On average a well produced printed marketing piece gets noticed

With many photo buyers agreeing that printed materials cut through the clutter and get their attention – APA is proud to announce the printing of an annual Sourcebook that will be delivered to photo buyers and creatives across the country.

That’s right – APA has added a beautifully designed and printed Sourcebook to our member benefits. And, our Leader and Professional members receive a single page ad for free.

Our annual Sourcebook is a great addition to other APA member benefits designed to get your work exposure and get you in front of creative and photo buyers:

  • Portfolio reviews. APA hosts portfolio reviews that get our members a seat at the table to present directly to the photo buying and creative community. We have yearly reviews in the following markets: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Atlanta.
  • Portfolio in APA’s creative network.
  • Searchable member profile on
  • Featured member project on home page (seen by over 15,000 unique visitors per month).

For less than $1/day you can access time-tested APA benefits that help you get exposure to the right audience and grow your photography business. LEARN MORE