About PMA – The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations
As a professional trade association, PMA helps the worldwide photo imaging community achieve business success and adapt to new technologies. PMA continues its 90-year legacy of connecting photo imaging businesses to a network of knowledge and support.
PMA represents members in 100-plus countries who actively contribute to the expanding imaging industry. As photo imaging continues to evolve, this association has grown to represent the diversity in imaging: photo retailers and processors, manufacturers, commercial imaging labs, sports and event photography, and custom picture frame shops. PMA is committed to helping these segments increase their profitability and expand their consumer, commercial and industrial markets.
Through the dedication of its membership, the guidance of its board of directors, and willingness of its staff, PMA gives the industry the ability to see, understand, and act on new opportunities. This purpose directs the development of PMA educational programs, business services, marketing research, industry publications, and trade shows. As a nonprofit organization, any success enjoyed by PMA in its endeavors directly benefits the photo imaging industry and allows PMA to provide continual services and activities for members.
Much has changed in the photo imaging industry since PMA first began in 1924. At its inception, what is now PMA was called Photo Finishers Association of America – a group of 273 members started in Iowa by competitors Paul Burgess and T.R. Philips. The purpose of the group, then and today, was to promote the growth of the industry.
In the 1940s, the association took on a new name, the Master Photo Dealers and Finishers’ Association, as the group expanded to include photographic dealers.
The association adopted a new identity in 1974, Photo Marketing Association International, to reflect the importance of marketing photofinishing and retailing services.
In 2006, Photo Marketing Association International became PMA – The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations to reflect the diversity of its membership, which now includes a range of memory-making entrepreneurs: photo retailers, school photographers, commercial and retail imaging labs, custom frame shops, and sports and event photographers.
PMA Mission Statement
"Evolve the imaging business community worldwide by promoting innovation, marketing, technology and passion for photography."
PMA 2015-2016 Officers and Trustees
Each year at the annual International Convention and Trade Show, PMA elects its officers and trustees to guide and direct the association.
PMA Past Presidents
PMA Life Members
PMA Distinguished Service Award Recipients
PMA Hall of Fame Award Recipients
Honorary PMA Members
PMA World Headquarters
7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300
McLean, VA 22102 USA
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST
Official PMA Holidays
PMA World Headquarters are closed in observance of the following holidays:
Friday following Thanksgiving
New Year's Day