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American Photographic Artists (APA) exists to provide business tools that help photographic artists of all levels run a smarter, more creative, and profitable business. Established in 1981, APA has a strong heritage of providing benefits, or rewards as we call them, to help our members achieve creative and financial success. Rewards come in many forms: partner discounts from Apple, event programming discounts, member pricing on APA Awards competition, access to members-only content, and much more.

Additionally, by joining the APA, individual artists can amplify their voice on the National stage. APA is a non-profit organization run by photographers for photographers - we understand the challenges of this industry and advocate on behalf of all our members.

Our membership categories are flexible, easy to understand and recognize that each photographer is unique. Review the membership table below find the member category that fits your needs and sign-up. It's that simple.

Member Reward Leader $500 / yr $45 / month Professional $350 / yr $32 / month Associate $225 / yr $21 / month Supporter $125 / yr $12 / month Contributor $50 / yr  
Portfolio in APA Creative Network Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Access to Forums Brand New Forums Coming Soon! Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Discounts on Events and Competitions Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Access Members-Only Content on APAnational.org Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Receive APA Member Pro Media Card Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Searchable Member Profile on APAnational.com Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Discounts on Hardware, Software, Web Services Yes Yes Yes Yes
Eligible for Professional Insurance Plans Yes Yes Yes Yes
Eligible to Join a Chapter Success Team* Yes Yes Yes
Eligible to Attend Chapter Portfolio Reviews* Yes Yes Yes
Serve and Vote on Chapter and National Issues Yes Yes
Contribute Content to APAnational.org Yes Yes
Access to Free Legal Consultation Yes Yes
Curated Project Gallery Emailed to Creatives Quarterly Yes Yes
Look Book Sent Annually to Top Creatives Yes Yes
Recognized for Your Contribution as APA Leader Yes

* Not all chapters conduct Portfolio Reviews or have an active Success Team. Please check with individual chapters.

Billing options
At the Supporter level and above, you can pay for your annual membership in monthly installments.
 
Membership policies
Individual memberships are annual and non-transferable.
 
The option of monthly payments is designed to make APA membership more accessible; it represents a commitment to a full year's membership, i.e., 12 payments over the course of a year. If all payments are not made (e.g., if a credit card expires and is not updated), your membership will be suspended and the option to select monthly payments will not be available to you in the future.
 
No refunds are available for membership dues.
 
See the Membership FAQs for more information about setting up your account. Still have questions about membership? Call (800) 272-6264 ext 10 or send us an email.
 
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