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EIC by Trice Megginson, University of Wyoming

Mission Statement

The UPAA is an international organization of college and university photographers concerned with the application and practice of photography as it relates to the higher education setting.

Our organization is committed to photographic excellence through continuing education and networking with our professional colleagues.


Full Membership $75/year- Current employees whose primary job is photography.

Associate Membership $35/year- Friends of the profession or freelancer.

Student Membership $25/year

Membership is active from January 1 to December 31, new members who join late in the year are granted an extension into the following year.

For a full description of membership qualifications please see the UPAA Constitution.

President's Message

Glenn Carpenter, UPAA President
Moraine Valley Community College

UPAA President

The University Photographers’ Association of America for the past 53 years has served to educate and promote the university photographer and the profession of university photography. We do this in a wide variety of ways, from annual symposiums to monthly photography competitions.


As a member of this fine organization you have access to an unmatched knowledge base from around the world, your fellow university photographers. We are known for generously sharing our experiences and methods.


Each year we gather to learn, network, and hone our skills through a variety of activities, speakers, and hands-on workshops. This gathering is known as the Symposium, and is held in June at a different campus around the country.


Our Magazine, The Contact Sheet is produced three times a year and mailed to each member. You also have access to our surveys, which include an annual salary survey and other relevant topics to the university photographer. The Facebook group provides near instant responses to a wide variety of questions. All of our competitions are designed to help maintain that creative edge and to provide a means of measurement for the effectiveness of the work we produce. We also have agreements with major camera manufactures that provide discounts only available to our membership.


I hope that you will take a look around, notice the quality of work, and make the decision to join us. We are a diverse group from public, private, secular and religious institutions from across the globe.


If you have any questions do not hesitate to email me.

What Others Are Saying

Photo of Tim Webb
"Finding UPAA for the first time on the internet was a real morale boost for me because it gave me a support base that I desperately needed. It felt great to meet other photographers who did the same type of photography that I did, and dealt with the same type of problems that I faced daily. The annual symposiums offered valuable professional development opportunities that were tailored for my needs as a university photographer. On a much higher level, the symposiums created networking, camaraderie, and lifelong friendship that could never be purchased in a camera store."
Tim Webb, University Photographer 1994-2004
Eastern Kentucky University