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  1. REASONS TO JOIN
    Why join APA?

  2. MEMBER LEVELS
    What are the APA member levels?

  3. UPGRADES
    I’d like to change the APA Member Benefits I’m entitled to receive.
    How do I upgrade (or downgrade) my membership level?

  4. STUDENTS
    How do I join as a student?
    Does APA still offer a student membership?

  5. CHAPTER AFFILIATION
    Am I a member of my local chapter, and can I receive updates from other chapters?

  6. ELIGIBILITY
    Who is eligible to join APA?

  7. PAY BY CHECK
    Can I pay for my APA membership with a personal or business check?

  8. FORMER EP MEMBERS
    How can I join APA as an Editorial Photographer?

  9. USA VISA
    Does APA provide International O-1 Letters of No Objection for USA Visas?

  10. CHAPTER TERRITORIES
    How is my APA Chapter affiliation determined? (Chapter Map)

  11. APA MEMBER CARDS & APA PRO MEDIA PHOTO ID CARDS
    When should I expect to receive my APA Member Card?
    How do I get a APA Member Pro Media Photo Identification Card?
    Does APA have a temporary card I can print out?

  12. ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS THAT AUTO-RENEW
    I understand that all APA memberships are annual, and dues are nonrefundable.
    What is APA Auto Renew, and if I have to, how do I cancel it ?

  13. UPDATING MY CREDIT CARD INFO
    I'm a current APA Member and I need to update the credit card I have on file; how do I do that?
    Can I call you with that confidential info?

  14. THE APA BUSINESS MANUAL
    Is there an updated version of APA National's Business Manual?

  15. PHOTOGRAPHERS' INSURANCE
    Does APA offer photo equipment & liability insurance for APA members?

  16. EXCLUSIVE LEADER BENEFITS
    What special Member Benefits are reserved exclusively for APA Leader members?

  17. VALUABLE DISCOUNTS
    Are APA members entitled to discounts on Apple products, and if so, how do members gain access to them?

  18. REJOIN APA
    My APA membership lapsed. I’d like to rejoin.
    Do I need to redo my entire APA Member Profile?

  19. HOW DO I CANCEL MY MEMBERSHIP?
    Can I call my chapter?

Q. REASONS TO JOIN
Why join APA?

APA is a non-profit trade organization built by photographers for photographers. Now in our fourth decade, APA exists to provide business tools and creative inspiration which help photographic artists of all levels run a smarter, more creative, and profitable business.

APA offers education, community, inspiration, and opportunities for networking and social engagement through local chapter activities.

In addition, membership in APA helps keep our profession strong. APA amplifies each of our voices on the national stage and advocates on behalf of all members, keeping the industry dynamic, influential and robust.

Our membership structure gives every photographer, and those affiliated with photography an affordable way to belong to a community of like-minded professionals.

For membership questions, please contact: Jeff Kausch, APA National Membership Representative, via email at: membershiprep@apanational.org

Q. MEMBER LEVELS
What are the APA member levels?

Leader: $500 or $45/month (monthly plan billed in 30-day intervals)
Professional : $350 or $32/month (monthly plan billed in 30-day intervals)
Associate: $225 or $21/month (monthly plan billed in 30-day intervals)
Supporter: $125 or $12/month (monthly plan billed in 30-day intervals)
Contributor: $50

View the membership table with Benefits.

Or, view the Benefits by Member Levels.

For membership questions, please contact: Jeff Kausch, APA National Membership Representative, via email at: membershiprep@apanational.org

Q. UPGRADES
I’d like to change the APA Member Benefits I’m entitled to receive.
How do I upgrade (or downgrade) my membership level?

Membership dues are nonrefundable. However, if you are on our Annual pay plan, and you would like to upgrade, we will pro-rate: refund the balance of your current membership; refunds take 5 to 10 days to appear in customer accounts.

To upgrade, please email membershiprep@apanational.org

We will set it up in your APA Profile so you can login, cancel your current membership, select your new level / pay plan, and checkout.

Your Profile will stay intact so you won't have to fill out the registration form again, and you will immediately be able to access your new benefits. 

For membership questions, please contact: Jeff Kausch, APA National Membership Representative, via email at: membershiprep@apanational.org

Q. STUDENTS
How do I join as a student?
Does APA still offer a student membership?

Your student status will now be captured as an attribute, so you can join or renew at any level.

For membership questions, please contact: Jeff Kausch, APA National Membership Representative, via email at: membershiprep@apanational.org

Q. CHAPTER AFFILIATION
Am I a member of my local chapter, and can I receive updates from other chapters?

When you belong to APA, you are automatically affiliated with an APA chapter, based upon the address you list in your Member Profile. This allows you to stay involved at the local level, participate in chapter events and receive communications and invitations. If you move to a different chapter territory, please login and update your address, then send an email to membershiprep@apanational.org requesting a chapter change. More info is here.

Anyone can receive Chapter Event Announcements and other Updates from any APA Chapter. Simply use the Sign Up links below:

APA New York
APA Los Angeles
APA San Francisco
APA Chicago
APA Atlanta
APA San Diego
APA Washington DC
APA Northwest
APA Charlotte NC

For membership questions, please contact: Jeff Kausch, APA National Membership Representative, via email at: membershiprep@apanational.org

Q. ELIGIBILITY
Who is eligible to join APA?

Anyone anywhere can join APA at any member level.

For membership questions, please contact: Jeff Kausch, APA National Membership Representative, via email at: membershiprep@apanational.org

Q. PAY BY CHECK
Can I pay for my APA membership with a personal or business check?

Sorry, no -- we no longer accept checks for dues. It's simpler, more efficient and cost effective to operate the organization through the e-commerce solution built into our website.

For membership questions, please contact: Jeff Kausch, APA National Membership Representative, via email at: membershiprep@apanational.org

Q. FORMER EP MEMBERS
How can I join APA as an Editorial Photographer?

When joining, select any membership plan that suits your needs, from Contributor to Leader, then select Editorial as one of your Photo Specialties.

About Editorial Photographers:
In 1999, a small group of photographers in San Francisco came together to begin sharing information regarding magazine contracts, and general business best-practices.  Soon thereafter, the group adopted the name, Editorial Photographers (EP), and an association was born.  In 2012, EP merged into American Photographic Artists (APA) to bring a stronger voice to the photography industry and enhance the education and advocacy missions of each.

For membership questions, please contact: Jeff Kausch, APA National Membership Representative, via email at: membershiprep@apanational.org

Q. USA VISA
Does APA provide International O-1 Letters of No Objection for USA Visas?

As a benefit of membership, APA willingly assists our international Professional and Leader members in documenting your professional status and photographer requirements in your USA Visa application, for an Advisory opinion in support of O-1 petition (letter of no objection), or for your Green Card application. If you are not yet an APA Professional or Leader member, please wait until AFTER the APA Reviewer approval BEFORE joining.

IMPORTANT PROCEDURE, PLEASE NOTE:

1.  ANNUAL (not Monthly) Leader or Professional level APA Membership is required, and there is a one-year minimum.  You must please join on the ANNUAL payment plan to be eligible.

2.  Examples of your finest photographic work are also required, and upon APA Reviewer approval, qualified applicants will receive an official statement denoting you are a photographer with exceptional ability.

3. There is a one-time $100 processing fee for either letter AFTER REVIEW. (Payable through PayPal to: membership@APAnational.com)

4. If you are not yet an APA Professional or Leader member, please wait until AFTER the APA Reviewer approval BEFORE joining.

5. AGAIN: You must join on the ANNUAL payment plan to be eligible. 

6. APA has a no refund policy; thanks.

Please FIRST contact our National Executive Director, Juliette Wolf-Robin (executivedirector@apanational.com) for details. Thank you.

Q. CHAPTER TERRITORIES
How is my APA Chapter affiliation determined? (Chapter Map)

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). Contact info for our chapters is here. More info about Chapter Affiliation and receiving updates from other chapters, is here. International Members, who reside outside the USA are part of APA National, and are not directly affiliated with one of the nine chapters.

Anyone can receive Chapter Event Announcements and other Updates from any APA Chapter; please go here to find out more.

For Membership questions, please contact: Jeff Kausch, APA National Membership Representative.

Q. APA MEMBER CARDS & APA PRO MEDIA PHOTO ID CARDS
When should I expect to receive my APA Member Card?
How do I get a APA Member Pro Media Photo Identification Card?
Does APA have a temporary card I can print out?

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.

Starting in April 2019, all members have begun to receive our new APA Member Card, in lieu of a (no-photo) Pro Media card. Use the card for in-person gear rental discounts and proof of APA membership at events. It no longer references “Media” on the card and will likely not be accepted for baggage discounts when traveling.  

New APA Member Pro Media Photo Identification Card, available exclusively to current APA Associate, Professional, & Leader Members, for just $20.

There are many advantages to having an APA Professional Media Photo Identification Card :

Photo ID validity -- Many airlines now only accept Pro Media Cards which contain a color headshot.

Also, your Photo ID is more secure, offers enhanced authenticity, as well as it can expedite airport access, and it has more credibility.

Plus, you can receive your APA Pro Media Photo ID Card in under a week, or within just a few days, depending upon when your order is placed and where it is sent. That means, you can get an APA Pro Media Photo ID Card within a week of joining APA. More details are here.

• Save a bundle: Use your APA Pro Media Photo ID to facilitate the pro media discount on excess baggage, available through many airlines

UPGRADE: If you would like to upgrade to our Associate member level or above, to take advantage of the APA Pro Media Photo ID Card benefit, as well as other valuable APA Photographer Member level benefits, please read this FAQ and then send an email to membershiprep@apanational.org.

You can also login and scroll to the bottom of your My APA page to print out your temporary APA Member card.

For membership questions, please contact: Jeff Kausch, APA National Membership Representative, via email at: membershiprep@apanational.org

Q. ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS THAT AUTO-RENEW
I understand that all APA memberships are annual, and dues are nonrefundable.
What is APA Auto Renew, and if I have to, how do I cancel it ?

For your convenience (and, as it states in the required click-through Join page Member terms) APA will continue to auto renew your APA Membership dues subscription until you tell us otherwise.

  • Please verify that your credit card account number and expiration date are current; simply login and click on Edit My Account and / or Update Billing Details (in the right side vertical navigation menu -- the white box with a red stripe on top).
  • A reminder for Annual Renewal charges is sent via email within 30 days prior to renewal.  Please keep your email address current. 

  • You may cancel your auto renew subscription before it renews ONLY by contacting the APA Membership Representative, at least 2 days prior to your auto renew date, only in writing (via email) to membershiprep@apanational.org. An email with the cancellation confirmation will be sent to you.
  • Please do not attempt to cancel your membership by contacting your local chapter.
  • When you cancel your APA membership, you will be removed from Hire an APA Pro, and will no longer be entitled to receive membership benefits and discounts. 

For membership questions, please contact: Jeff Kausch, APA National Membership Representative, via email at: membershiprep@apanational.org


 

Q. UPDATING MY CREDIT CARD INFO
I'm a current APA Member and I need to update the credit card I have on file; how do I do that?
Can I call you with that confidential info?

For your security, we don't have any direct access to your credit card info, so we can't update it via the phone for you.

Simply please login, and in the right side vertical navigational menu (the white rectangle with a red stripe on top) click on Update Billing Details. This will take you to the secure area where you can update your billing info.

For membership questions, please contact: Jeff Kausch, APA National Membership Representative, via email at: membershiprep@apanational.org

Q. THE APA BUSINESS MANUAL
Is there an updated version of APA National's Business Manual?

The newest version of our Business Manual is now available to the public, at no charge, in our Advocacy section, here.

For membership questions, please contact: Jeff Kausch, APA National Membership Representative, via email at: membershiprep@apanational.org

Q. PHOTOGRAPHERS' INSURANCE
Does APA offer photo equipment & liability insurance for APA members?

APA has a dedicated business unit to handle our members' insurance needs. It's business insurance designed by photographers for photographers. As the leading not-for-profit organization serving professional photographers we know the unique demands of this industry. Our insurance agents deal with photographers all day long, have loads of experience and are trained problem solvers. They're not afraid to get in the trenches and hammer our the best insurance plan to fit any business need. Plus, APA Insurance Services (AIS) never charges for COI (proof of insurance certificates), unlike many other companies. Get a free no-obligation quote and compare rates today. More info is here.

(Please note: Insurance is not included in membership -- it's available to members at the Supporter member level and above, and your rates will depend upon the coverage you need).

For membership questions, please contact: Jeff Kausch, APA National Membership Representative, via email at: membershiprep@apanational.org

Q. EXCLUSIVE LEADER BENEFITS
What special Member Benefits are reserved exclusively for APA Leader members?

Leader's Profiles are prominently featured in a rotation, in the top left corner of our APAnational.org homepage. They are also recognized here on our Leaders page. And they receive the highest Awards Entry Fee discount. You can view all of the APA Member levels and the benefits for each one here.

For membership questions, please contact: Jeff Kausch, APA National Membership Representative, via email at: membershiprep@apanational.org

Q. VALUABLE DISCOUNTS
Are APA members entitled to discounts on Apple products, and if so, how do members gain access to them?

APA Members at the Supporter level and above are entitled to discounts on most Apple products by using the APA Apple Online Store.

Simply login to your MY APA page, and in the right side vertical navigation menu, click on Discount Codes, then click on the APA Apple online store link in the alphabetical list. The prices listed in the APA Apple Online Store include the APA member discount. More info is here.

For membership questions, please contact: Jeff Kausch, APA National Membership Representative, via email at: membershiprep@apanational.org

Q. REJOIN APA
My APA membership lapsed. I’d like to rejoin.
Do I need to redo my entire APA Member Profile?

To rejoin, simply use the Look Up Account feature in the Join section on our site.
Assuming you were a member after 2014, your APA Member Profile is intact off-line so you won't have to fill out the entire registration form again. Just login, select a member level and payment plan and checkout. All APA Profiles are self-updateable so you can login and make changes anytime. Start here, please:   http://apanational.org/account/check-account/

For membership questions, please contact: Jeff Kausch, APA National Membership Representative, via email at: membershiprep@apanational.org

Q. HOW DO I CANCEL MY MEMBERSHIP?
Can I call my chapter?

Please do not contact your chapter to cancel your membership.

You may cancel your auto renew subscription before it renews ONLY by contacting the APA Membership Representative, at least 2 days prior to your auto renew date, only in writing (by email) to: membershiprep@apanational.org.

An email with the cancellation confirmation will be sent to you. 

When you cancel your APA membership, you will be removed from Hire an APA Pro, and will no longer be entitled to receive membership benefits and discounts. 

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