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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, 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. Please note that Monthly Payment Plans are billed in 30-day intervals.

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 confirmation email shortly after joining (check your spam if you don't receive it). Simply login to access all of your online benefits.

• Your APA Member 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.

Answers to Membership FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) are here. For other membership questions, please contact: Jeff Kausch, APA National Membership Representative.

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 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Receive APA Member Pro Media Card Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Searchable Member Profile on 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 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.

Billing options
At the Supporter level and above, you can pay for your annual membership in monthly (30-day interval) installments.
Membership policies
Individual memberships are annual and non-transferable.
The option of monthly (30-day interval) payments is designed to make APA membership more accessible; it represents a commitment to a full year's membership. 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. Membership assumes a one-year commitment. You may only cancel your monthly or annual payments after one-year. First payments are non refundable.
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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