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.
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.
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.
Regular Email Updates
Receive emails containing important SPE news, activities, and announcements.
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.
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.
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.
Access worthy content from archival Exposure articles, re-contextualized for today's readers. The articles offer a cultural, time-travel experience with plenty of substance for classroom and collegial discussion.
Use the online directory of more than 2,000 names, constantly updated, to connect directly with peers, colleagues and industry professionals.
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.
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.
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.
Photo School Directory
Explore graduate and undergraduate programs in photography with our comprehensive listing of schools throughout the U.S. and beyond.
Gain access to presentations by SPE experts, content from past conferences, and exhibitions held at SPE's office.
Exhibition Space at SPE's Office
Upload images to your online member gallery to be considered for inclusion in member exhibitions at SPE's office in Cleveland, Ohio.
NARM Membership for Sustaining Members
As an institution of the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association, SPE offers its Sustaining members automatic membership in NARM, one of the largest reciprocal membership programs in the world. Through NARM, Sustaining SPE members have access to over 1000 arts, cultural, and historical institutions. To learn more about the benefits of NARM, visit narmassociation.org.
Limited Edition Prints for Collector's Circle Members
SPE is pleased to announce the launch of the Collector's Circle, a new one-year membership level that exclusively offers limited edition prints by SPE members for SPE members. The Collector's Circle is an excellent way to grow your photography collection, or begin collecting fine photographs with confidence—all while supporting SPE's mission! In addition to your choice of a print, the Collector's Circle membership carries all of the benefits of the Sustaining Level membership.