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, which help our members achieve creative and financial success. Member benefits come in many forms: partner discounts from Apple, event programming discounts, member pricing on our 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.
For your convenience, all APA Memberships automatically renew. More info on auto-renew is in our Membership FAQs.
Based upon your address, you will be automatically affiliated with one of our nine chapters (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte NC, Washington DC, or Seattle / Northwest). The chapter map is here. Anyone can receive Chapter Event Announcements and other Updates from any APA Chapter; please go here to find out more.
It's that simple.
• You will receive a Welcome email shortly after joining (check your spam if you don't receive it) with access to all of your online benefits.
• Your APA Member Pro Media ID Card will automatically arrive within 4-6 weeks after your join or annual auto-renewal date; please make sure your USPS address is current and complete in your Profile.
|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|
|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||—||—||—|
|Sourcebook 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.
At the Supporter level and above, you can pay for your annual membership in monthly installments.
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? Please send us an email.
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