About Us


Photo by Craig Chandler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


 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 $150/year- Current employees whose primary job is photography.
  • Associate Membership $75/year- Friends of the profession or freelancers.
  • Student Membership $25/year
  • Retired Membership $50/year
  • Video Producer Membership $70/year
  • Membership is active from July 1 to June 30, 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

The University Photographers’ Association of America for the past 62 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 photography competitions, and professional development.


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 once a year and mailed to each member. You also have access to our surveys, which include an annual review of salary trends and other relevant topics for 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 manufacturers that provide discounts only available to our membership.


I hope that you will take a look around, notice the quality of the work, and make the decision to join us. We are a diverse group from public, private, secular, and faith-based institutions from across the globe. If you have any questions do not hesitate to email me.


Glenn Carpenter, UPAA President 
Moraine Valley Community College


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Mailing Address
University Photographers’ Association of America
33 Brackett Street
Medford, MA 02155
For billing questions treasurer@upaa.org


Official Address (do not send mail to this address)
601 Abbott Rd
East Lansing, MI 48823
The UPAA is a registered 501 C(6) nonprofit organization. Incorporated in the state of Michigan.
Tax ID Number (TIN): 30-0674321 
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