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Becoming a member of SPE provides many resources and benefits to enhance your contact with a thriving global network of photographers, artists, scholars, educators, students, museum professionals, writers, and critics.

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SPE Membership Benefits, Reduced Conference Rates

Reduced SPE Annual Conference Rates

Receive discounted rates to attend SPE's annual three-day conference. Held in rotating locations throughout the U.S. each spring, the annual conference enriches members with presentations, portfolio reviews, industry seminars, and gallery tours, plus a curator portfolio walkthrough, silent auction, print raffle, and film festival.

SPE Membership Benefits, Member Online Portfolios

Online Member Portfolios

Create a member profile where you can upload portfolios of your work or browse the online member gallery to view portfolios of fellow members.

SPE Member Benefits, Regular Email Updates

Regular Email Updates

Receive emails containing important SPE news, activities, and announcements.

SPE Member Benefits - Regional Membership

Affiliated Chapters

Take advantage of automatic enrollment in your affiliated chapter. While each of the chapters are unique, they all provide local conferences, networking opportunites, and other benefits to serve the special needs of their constituency. You can also volunteer to serve as an affiliated leader.

SPE Member Benefits, Caucuses


Opt in to the Women's, Multicultural, Contingent Faculty, High School Educator, and/or LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) caucuses to participate in forums to discuss, support, and advance the roles of underrepresented imagemakers and educators.

SPE Membership Benefits, Exposure Journal


In response to the ever-changing landscape of education and the ways in which people engage with content, Exposure will be launched as a digital publication beginning fall 2017. As a digital denizen—and with membership engagement as a priority—Exposure will be a far more frequent, and frequently updated, resource than was possible in print.

SPE Membership Benefits, Member Directory

Membership Directory

Use the online directory of more than 2,000 names, constantly updated, to connect directly with peers, colleagues and industry professionals.

SPE Membership Benefits, Professional Development

Professional Development

Participate in SPE events as a presenter, peer reviewer, portfolio reviewer, or conference or local committee member. 


Nominate and vote for candidates to serve on the SPE Board of Directors or aspire to a committee or board leadership post yourself.

Member News

Stay tuned to SPE member acheivements (such as exhibition participation, awards and grants received, published work, etc.) on the Member News page. Submit news of your acheivements to update your SPE peers.

Awards and Recognition

Receive recognition for your acheivements through SPE's annual grants and awards or nominate your role models and peers for SPE's highest honorary designations.

SPE Member Benefits, Student Opportunities

Student Opportunities

Attend SPE's annual conference at no cost, by volunteering during the event, and take advantage of a wealth of professional and networking opportunities. Student members may also apply for the Student Awards for Innovations in Imaging to help offset the cost of attending the annual conference.

SPE Member Benefits, Photo Schools

Photo School Directory

Explore graduate and undergraduate programs in photography with our comprehensive listing of schools throughout the U.S. and beyond.

SPE Member Benefits, Video Library

Video Library

Gain access to presentations by SPE experts, content from past conferences, and exhibitions held at SPE's office.

Email Sign Up

SPE email updates contain resources, news, and more!

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